U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley summoned the nerve to criticize Russia and the Syrian government for their involvement in the ongoing civil war.
The same woman who has consistently defended the Israeli government even as it has killed some 150 peaceful Palestinian protesters and who has turned a blind eye to her own country’s support of a humanitarian crisis in Yemen has managed to find it in herself to threaten the Syrian government and Russia over their escalation of military action in the country’s ongoing civil war.
“If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire.”
“I also want to reiterate what I said last week to the Assad regime and anyone else contemplating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons. We stand by this warning.” — Haley
When she says “followed through,” Haley is referring to the joint military strike against three Syrian targets following a suspected chemical attack in a suburb of Demascus.
According to administration officials, the strike effectively neutralized the chemical warfare capabilities of the Syrian government.
And yet, here we are, only five months later.
The response so lauded by Haley was more political maneuvering than it was strategic military intervention.
When President Obama gave his infamous “red line” speech and failed to follow through on his threats, he lost considerable political favor, particularly amongst the more war-hungry constituencies.
The Trump administration’s response was a simple combination of the desire to upstage one’s predecessor and the desire to appear competent.
And in light of the United States’ support of the Saudi coalition which continues to devastate Yemen, Haley’s words ring somewhat hollow.
Yet, considering our current relationship with Russia, regardless of the validity of the response, if it comes, it will most certainly come with consequences.
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