For the last year and a half, Haley has spoken up with remarkable lucidity. Her work has resulted in savings of $600 million
by avoiding wasteful and duplicative spending in UN united nations peacekeeping operation. She has highlighted the unfair policy of the United Nation in dealing with Israel. And she has successfully urged the UN Security Council to adopt North Korea sanctions .
And yet, in his recent sentiment piece
on CNN.com, Stephen Schlesinger asserts that Haley’s “star, which was burning so brightly in the first year of the Trump administration, is beginning to dim significantly in the second year.”
He clearly recognizes that during her first year at the United Nations, Haley’s actions earned her great respect. As distinct from many of her predecessors, she has spoken with great vigor, and have been successful in spreading the message about how the US opinions issues considered at the United Nations. In her second year, Haley has continued to perform the highly significant role she performed in her first year. Her star most certainly continues to burn brightly .
The case that Schlesinger constructs for the proposition that Haley’s star has dimmed is not reasonable. He calls attention to the fact that the diplomat was not in Singapore for the Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit or in Jerusalem when the US Embassy opened there .
But her presence at both events would not have been within her area of being responsible. An diplomat to the United Nations is focused on working with numerous countries simultaneously in New York. The UN ambassador does not participate in direct negotiations with individual foreign heads of state, except when they relate directly to UN affairs .
In other terms, there was no point for Haley to be in Singapore for the summit between Trump and Kim. The bilateral items on the agenda in Singapore were not in her area of responsibility. She made her contribution to US foreign policy on North Korea by winning passage of three unprecedented multilateral sanctions
against North Korea at the UN Security Council .
Nor was there any point to Haley taking time out from her duties at the United Nation to make a trip to Jerusalem for the embassy opening. She has applied herself consistently and with remarkable success to the task of resisting the unfair treatment of Israel by the current UN majority .
Most recently, she announced that the United States was withdrawing
from the Human rights council, which she noted has been particularly hostile to Israel. This was a decision her staff told me she strongly advocated behind the scenes. Indeed, one of Haley’s great accomplishments has been to place UN affairs high on the administration’s foreign policy agenda .
Schlesinger further been shown that the appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser has weakened Haley’s position within the administration .
While there is no doubt that Pompeo and Bolton are more effective than their predecessors, that does not weaken Haley’s ability to win support for the US position at the United Nations. On the contrary, it strengthens it greatly. The added cohesiveness of the administration that comes from the like-mindedness of Pompeo and Bolton dedicates Haley even more latitude than she had in the first year .
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There is no reason to assume that Pompeo and Bolton will interfere with the route Haley discharges her duties at the United Nations. In fact, they are using their positions to support her work there. This is evident in the international pressure the objective is putting on Iran by bringing about economic boycott measures, which are paralleled by Haley’s effort to put complementary pressure on Iran at the United Nations .
As a US deputy representative to the United Nations while Jeane Kirkpatrick served as our UN ambassador, I insured first-hand what a difference can be made by principled US leadership at the United Nations .
I am grateful that America once again has found that leadership with Ambassador Nikki Haley .
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