With every month that goes by, Nikki Haley is proving herself to be a stellar US ambassador to the United Nations in the tradition of Jeane Kirkpatrick and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
On Thursday, for example, she called out other members of the Security Council for praising Iran over its compliance with the Obama nuclear deal.
In fact, Haley thundered, the thing to note is how Tehran has gone rogue on a host of fronts, from “illicit missile launches” to “support for terrorist groups” as well as “arms smuggling” to “stoke regional conflicts and make them harder to solve.”
That followed her earlier success in cutting almost $600 million from the UN’s peacekeeping budget with the promise, “We’re only getting started.” After all, the trim’s only from $7.9 billion to $7.3 billion. The move prompted conniptions in some quarters, since “peacekeeping” sounds so warm and fuzzy. But UN peacekeepers in fact have a horribly spotty record: They spread cholera to Haiti and stood aside amid genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia. And the Associated Press this year reported nearly 2,000 abuse or exploitation charges against peacekeepers operating in the Third World.