by Rick Moran
"This is a time of strength. This is a time of action. This is a time of getting things done.”
Freshly minted U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley gave her first speech at the U.N. yesterday, and it was an eye opener – at least for most of the world, who is used to the United States meekly accepting the anti-American, anti-Israel actions taken by the world body.
“There is a new U.S.-U.N.,” she said during her first speech at U.N. headquarters. "We talked to the staff yesterday and you are gonna see a change in the way we do business.”Those words must have terrified the U.N. diplomats, who live a comfortable existence at the expense of the American taxpayer.
“Our goal, with the [Trump] administration, is to show value at the U.N.,” added Haley, the former GOP governor of South Carolina. "The way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well.
“For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names. We will make points to respond to that accordingly.”
Haley added the Trump White House would help improve the U.N. and reevaluate its goals as an institution.
“This administration is prepared and ready to have me go in, look at the U.N. and everything that’s working, we’re going to try and make it better,” she said. "Everything that’s not working, we’re going to try and fix.”
“And anything that seems to be obsolete, and not necessary, we’re going to do away with. This is a time of strength. This is a time of action. This is a time of getting things done.”
The former governor blasted the U.N. Security Council’s December vote condemning Israel’s settlement building in disputed territories during her confirmation hearing last week.There is so much wrong with the U.N. that Haley doesn't need to look very far to initiate reforms. At the top of the list must be the U.N. secretariat – the huge, bureaucratic mess that serves the U.N. secretary general. The secretariat is a colossal waste of money, and efforts to reform it in the past have met with fierce resistance.
“Nowhere has the U.N.’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel,” Haley said during her Jan. 18 opening remarks.
“Any honest assessment also finds an institution that is often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers … are we getting what we pay for?”
Haley was questioning America’s funding to the U.N., which constitutes about 22 percent of the global organization’s budget.
Trump, who has also denounced the U.N. Security Council’s vote on Israeli settlement building, called the institution “obsolete” earlier this month.
In addition, departments like the Commission on Human Rights are a joke. Putting nations that violate human rights with impunity on a commission that regularly criticizes the U.S. and Israel for "violations" needs to be eliminated.
The U.N. is a black hole for American tax dollars with billions misspent or wasted. It will be a tall order for Haley to make a dent in reforming an institution so resistant to change and corrupt to its core.
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