Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nikki Haley shows moxie, but will she keep her job?

Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post,

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No Cabinet-level member of the Trump administration has been as fearless and independent as our ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in speaking out regardless of her boss's position. Perhaps the distance between New York and Washington affords her some latitude. Maybe the not-ready-for-prime-time secretary of state is too lax or clueless to rein her in. At any rate, since taking her post she has slammed the Russians on support for Syria and complicity in human rights atrocities; affirmed that the Western Wall is in Israel; confirmed there is no question that Russia interfered in our election; made clear there can be no peace in Syria as long as Bashar Assad is in power; and put human rights front and center. ...
In short, Haley's outspokenness, rather than evidence of political scheming, reflects, it seems, her true beliefs, her life experience and her adept use of staff. The country should hope she doesn't get canned for being a clear, sincere voice for human rights. In fact, Trump would have a far more effective foreign policy if she replaced Tillerson at State. She at least plainly understands the role of public diplomacy.

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