At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
This tweet caused an explosion of outrage, and not just from those whose names are at risk of being taken. Richard Gowan of the European Council on Foreign Relations called it a “bizarrely stupid tactic,” and diplomats everywhere are wringing their hands because this just isn’t how things are done at the UN. Once again, Donald Trump is upending international norms, and that’s just not acceptable.
But so what? Is it acceptable that the United Nations is trying to dictate to the United States that they can’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital? The fact remains that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, whether the United States, the United Nations, or the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry say so or not.
As we’ve said here before, recognizing that reality is akin to acknowledging that the sky is blue.
After years of acquiescence, the U.S. finally stood up to the U.N.
The whinging of diplomats is predicated on the fact that the General Assembly is likely to deliver what Gowan calls “a super defeat” to the president, because so many member states are going to vote against the Trump position. But, again, so what? The resolution condemning the U.S. position will not change the U.S. position, so what the vote will effectively demonstrate is the impotence of the United Nations.
For whom, exactly, is that a “super defeat?”
Nikki Haley is correct when she notes that the United States is always called upon to “do more & give more.” Without American money, the entire organization would collapse.
The fact that the UN itself is located in New York City ought to give pause to countries eager to offend their international host. But, of course, it doesn’t. The General Assembly pretends like they matter, so they confidently vote against the blue sky.
They’re more than welcome to do that, just as Nikki Haley is more than welcome to take names.
(Photo of Ambassador Haley delivering remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, July 25, 2017 via the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Flickr)