U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Resigns!

President Donald Trump says that he has accepted U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation as of the end of the year.

U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley is stepping down at the end of the year, President Trump announced Tuesday as Haley sat by his side in the Oval Office.

Trump praised the work of the former governor of South Carolina, who was confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations shortly after Trump’s inauguration last year.

“She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Trump said, adding that Haley has been “very special to me.”

Ms. Haley hasn’t announced any plans for her future, but says that she will not run against the president in 2020.

So which sycophant do you think the president will dredge up to head the US mission at the U.N.?

United States to Pull Out of UN Human Rights Council

There is some outlandish reasoning behind this but I wonder if it has anything to do with the US taking children from their parents at the Mexican border? Or with the Trump Regime’s dissatisfaction with UN condemnation of Israeli brutality in their occupied territories (btw: during the last few disturbances around the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, how many Palestinians died? How may Israelis?) {sarcasm}

But a rather antagonistic take from the Conservative Review:

The Trump administration may decide to depart from the highly corrupt United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), U.S. sources told Reuters.

“Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council,” the Reuters report said, adding that a U.S. official said that withdrawal appeared to be “imminent.”

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to observers of the activities at the United Nations. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has threatened to leave the UNHRC on numerous occasions, often citing its “obsession” with the State of Israel, along with its institutional coziness with dictatorial regimes.

What is supposed to be a body that calls attention to human rights has instead been warped into a U.N. agency that provides cover for the atrocities committed by corrupt member states. Look no further than the UNHRC’s membership roster to understand why this body could never take a legitimate interest in defending human rights. Its current membership roster includes authoritarian states and Islamic supremacist regimes such as China, Cuba, Pakistan, Qatar, and Venezuela, among many others.

And it seems the only thing that these totalitarian UNHRC members can agree on is how much they hate Israel.

Too bad it isn’t cozy with a dictatorial regime like say…North Korea. Then every thing would be hunky dory, right?

Here…if you want another view…take a peek at the Independent:

And once again, like the Iran Treaty, when the Trump Regime doesn’t like something, instead of trying to fix it they just run away from it.

But the US “will have to be in the room” in order to make any significant change to the Council, Ms Dayal (Anjali Dayal, an international security professor at Fordham University) noted.

However, Ms Dayal said the US is not without “valid criticisms” of the body. There are “human rights abusers with seats on the Council,” Ms Dayal explained.

Possibly negotiating with UN leadership in New York may work. The US does have a chance to fix the issues “if they wanted to throw enough political weight behind the issue” but playing the “we’re going home because we can’t get what we want” card likely will not help reform efforts, which worries other countries on the Council who were counting on the weight of the US voice.

And if you want to world to stop adopting an anti-Israel posture…maybe help Israel fix their issues with the Palestinians instead of throwing another log in the fire?

Israeli Defense Forces announce “Mission Accomplished”after killing 10 people at UN relief facility

After ceasing operations in Gaza (at least for now), the Israeli Defense Forces sent out this tweet:

If by “mission accomplished” the IDF meant, “mission accomplished – our missiles killed 10 people at a United Nations relief facility,” then yeah, “mission accomplished.”

In one of the Gaza offensive’s many awful tragedies, an Israeli missile struck near a United Nations Relief and Works Agency school in Rafah that was being used as a shelter, killing at least 10 people. Israel was targeting three suspected militants on a nearby motorbike.

In an interview with me last night on MSNBC, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness called for a full investigation, noting that the UNRWA had made 33 calls to the Israeli army telling them this school was being used as the shelter and making sure they had the precise GPS coordinates so that the Israel army knew to give it a wide berth. The last of those calls was put through an hour before the strike. The interview begins at 04:30:

2nd Congressional Debate

I admire that Chad Lee, who by all accounts, seems to be a very nice guy, has taken to the campaign trail and is running for Congress. It is not easy to run for any office, much less a national office against a well ingrained incumbent in a gerry-mandered district. Unlike Rebecca Kleefisch, he is not scared to debate. I admire that in him, however agreeing to a foreign policy only debate was probably not his best idea. Last night they appeared at a Global Affairs Forum organized by the United Nations Association-Dane County and nine other civic groups.

This exchange shows how his inexperience and why Baldwin is the better of the candidates.

One question dealt with the Millennium Development Goals, eight international development goals that all United Nations members and a number of international organizations have agreed to achieve by 2015. They include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates and fighting disease epidemics like AIDS.

Lee didn’t answer the question but instead talked about his life.

“I am a business owner, and if you look at my track record of how I’ve run my life, how I’ve run my business and my home, a lot of the issues I face on a daily basis are complicated,” he said. “A lot of them are working with people from all different backgrounds – many different backgrounds, in fact.”

Baldwin, 48, pounced. “First, you start by knowing what the Millennium Development Goals are,” she said, laying out the specifics.

More on the debate here, and had Mr. Lee done a little research here, he would of found out that the Millennium Development Goals were not about his cleaning business in Mt. Horeb, but were these:

* Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
* Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
* Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
* Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
* Goal 5: Improve maternal health
* Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
* Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
* Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development