A Christmas letter to Nikki Haley

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Dear Nikki:

The Economist says you were unsure which party you should represent when you first entered politics. But you are ambitious . . . and from South Carolina . . . so you chose the Republican party. You joined the local religion, too. Good for you.

On this Christmas Day, we recall that near Bethlehem, there were shepherds out in the field, “and an angel of the Lord appeared to them. . . and the angel said. . . I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.”  Luke 2. And we behold: the angel did not say “America First!” He said “This will be a sign for you,” and “suddenly there was … a multitude of the heavenly host … saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men.’” And I’m sure the angels meant “women,” too.

When we contemplate the good fortune of these United States, we see that we have secured peace among men through the rule of law. We have strong independent courts. Our courts are not immune from politics, but they are independent all the same. Judges are deliberative; they must justify what they do with reasoned arguments. We have a Supreme Court as a “decider” of last resort. Mostly the executive follows what the courts say, even if not always. And we think of that infamous son of the Carolinas, Andrew Jackson. See, Worcester v. Georgia. We like living under the rule of law. It’s a good thing. Surely you agree.

Now that you are in a position of influence, Nikki, how will you help secure peace on earth among men? You are the daughter of immigrants. You’ve been blessed that your parents have made a home in our land of freedom under the rule of law. And you’ve done us proud, becoming a South Carolina legislator, governor, and now ambassador to the United Nations. How will you use this platform to secure peace among men (and women too)?

You were born in 1972, and you have not seen the scourge of war up close. Your husband has done good work in Afghanistan, helping farmers improve their agriculture, to help them transition to cash crops other than opium poppies. But in order to make this transition successfully, they will need the peace and stability that comes with the rule of law. They will need the support of the international community, working together. It means we can’t always act unilaterally; it means we can’t always do exactly as we please.

After the horrors of World War II, the nations of the world got together in San Francisco and adopted the United Nations Charter:

“To maintain international peace and security,  . . . ;To develop friendly relations among nations . . . ;To achieve international co-operation . . . ; and To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.”

Surely you agree, to secure peace among men and women is doing God’s work.

The nations tried to delegate more authority to the UN than they had granted to the League of Nations. Notably, in Article 41, the UN was given powers to implement measures not involving force, such as interruptions of economic relations, and severance of diplomatic relations; and in Article 42 the UN was given authority to raise an armed force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

Article 24 of the charter provides that the members of the UN grant to the Security Council the primary responsibility to take prompt and effective action to secure the peace as it sees fit. Article 25 provides that each member shall “agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council.” As you know, as a permanent member of the Security Council, the United States has special privileges: it has the power to veto Security Council resolutions.

This week you rallied the nations of the Security Council to support you in new sanctions against North Korea. These measures will require cooperation from Russia and China. How will you feel when the Chinese and Russians undermine these sanctions? You won’t like it, and you will be right, because it will demonstrate a lack of commitment to international law by these nations, a lack of commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder to secure peace among men and women.

So we are surprised that this week you seemed annoyed that anyone should question your unilateral action to not accept and not implement Security Council Resolution 478. This 1980 resolution resolved that the nations of the world shall not maintain their embassy in Jerusalem until Israel complies with existing Security Council resolutions, or until a final status agreement is reached with respect to Jerusalem by the parties.

SC478 states in relevant part:

The Security Council . . . .Reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel, . . . 5. Decides not to recognize the “basic law” (annexing East Jerusalem) and such other actions by Israel that, as a result of this law, seek to alter the character and status of Jerusalem and calls upon: (a) All Member States to accept this decision; (b) Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.

As you know, Israel benefits from the legitimacy conferred by the United Nations with its 1947 partition resolution 181, which divided Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states, with Jerusalem to be administered as an international district. The sanction of SC478 that states shall withdraw their diplomatic missions from Jerusalem pending Israel’s compliance with prior UN resolutions, or a final status agreement (meaning the end of occupation), is surely the mildest of sanctions. It is symbolic, and it adheres to the oft repeated collective judgment of the UN. Standing together behind this collective judgment, in which we acquiesced, is an important endorsement of the rule of law.

You say “it’s what the American people want,” but you know this is not true. Polling released a week ago indicates that a mere 36% of the American public supports the move. And, of course, you are aware that fewer than half the people voted for Donald Trump for president, and that nearly 3 million more voters cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Don’t turn into an infamous daughter of the Carolina’s, Nikki.

Adhering to the rule of law in the context of the UN requires political will. The UN lacks enforcement mechanism, so it requires a commitment to collective action. The US could have vetoed SC478 in 1980, but we elected not to. By signing the UN Charter, we committed ourselves to “accept and carry out” the decisions of the Security Council that make it past the veto gauntlet.

By moving our embassy to Jerusalem we are violating SC478 and we are undermining the rule of law in the international sphere. We are setting a bad example. This is not a move to secure peace among men and women.

Your threat to reduce funding for anyone who has the temerity to object to your violation of SC478 further undermines peace and harmony of the international sphere. Don’t back away from the rule of law, Nikki. That is our wish for Christmas.

This post originally appeared on Roland Nikles’s website

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22 Responses

  1. JosephA
    December 25, 2017, 10:21 am

    Thank you for sharing your letter.

    I am regularly annoyed by Nikki Haley, but what can you expect from a Trump appointee? Thoughtfulness? Deliberation? Logic?

  2. Citizen
    December 25, 2017, 10:48 am

    She won’t read it.

    • Jasonius Maximus
      December 25, 2017, 2:48 pm

      She won’t read it, because it wasn’t handed to her by AIPAC along with a “donation” to her campaign account. Unlike her speech to the U.N. General assembly, which was dripping with so many AIPAC and Netanyahu talking points, that it’s hard to imagine that she wrote a word of it herself outside of “Thank you.” right at the end.

  3. Maghlawatan
    December 25, 2017, 4:01 pm

    She’s a creature of the Fox twilight. Law means nothing to her. She reminds me of zippy Livni.

  4. Steve Grover
    December 25, 2017, 7:57 pm

    Hopefully, she’ll be the first female POTUS.

    • Misterioso
      December 26, 2017, 1:01 pm

      @Steve Grover

      “Hopefully, she’ll be the first female POTUS.”

      Only a raving, hate-filled, Israel worshipping, screwed up Zionist zealot like you would wish such a horrible fate on America and the world.

  5. Blake
    December 26, 2017, 5:41 am

    Nikki Haley or Nimrata Randhawa?

    • Misterioso
      December 26, 2017, 1:06 pm

      @Maghlawatan

      Lest we forget: The United States’ committed contribution to the UN is currently $1.3 billion in arrears.

  6. Theo
    December 26, 2017, 11:56 am

    Someone, perhaps much smarter than I am, said once: should women take over the rule in our lands, then we will not have wars, but peace. He must not known the nature, where female animals are much more vicious than the male ones!

    • DaBakr
      December 28, 2017, 5:55 am

      If you were pro-zionist you would have been called a sexist animal and racial supremacist.

      • Talkback
        December 28, 2017, 10:01 am

        Dabakr: “If you were pro-zionist you would have been called a sexist animal and racial supremacist.”

        And if he isn’t, he can’t be called racial supremacist, right?

      • LHunter
        December 28, 2017, 10:58 pm

        DeBunked

        Zionism = racism

        I dumbed it down for you for obvious reasons but I’m open to hearing why you might think otherwise

  7. Atlantaiconoclast
    December 26, 2017, 8:07 pm

    I care much more that this moron has been pushing very hard for the overthrow of the secular Assad regime in Syria, has been ginning up a pretext for war with Iran, and has been ignoring the US backed genocide by the Saudis in Yemen.

    She is beyond stupid as well. Two Russian shock jocks pranked her by pretending that they were Polish government leaders and got her to say she knew about a nation, Binomo, that does not exist. She is one of the wretched acolytes of Southern Christian Zionism. See http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-24/nikki-haley-pranked-russian-comedians-putin-absolutely-meddled-binomo-election and please make it viral. We need to make sure the GOP does not push her as the next neocon hope.

    • LHunter
      December 28, 2017, 11:12 pm

      Atlanta….

      Wow. What a fool is she. If it wasn’t so scary I would be laughing. Who is steering the ship? A US administration of nitwits and sociopaths it seems.

  8. inbound39
    December 27, 2017, 1:45 am

    Neither Trump nor Haley care a jot about the rule of law….they care about what the Zionist Shekel pays them to care about.

  9. JLewisDickerson
    December 27, 2017, 2:44 am

    ANOTHER CHRISTMAS LETTER; THIS ONE TO DONALD TRUMP

    Dear Donnie:
    Wassup, hot stuff?
    I read about the get-out-of-jail deal you gave Sholom.
    Kewl!
    Being President must be a blast.
    But, aren’t you afraid you’ll get burned on this?
    The people who voted for you are going to wonder how serious you are about keeping out illegal aliens when they find out you just commuted the sentence of an employer caught with hundreds of illegal aliens working for you (nearly 300 from Guatemala).
    Aren’t they gonna wonder why you are going to spend all that money on a wall to keep out illegal aliens, when you’re letting off U.S. employers caught knowingly employing large numbers of them?
    You don’t think they’ll notice the inconsistency?
    THE SHEER HYPOCRISY?
    Of course, you don’t have to worry about the Democrats doing anything. You’ve got them pretty well house-trained.
    Gnarly move, dude!
    Totally radical.
    Remember, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.
    Hang in there!
    See ya soon, bad boy.
    [name withheld]

    Trump and the Meat Tycoon: Backstory to a Commutation | Martha Rosenberg, | December 25, 2017 – ➤ https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/25/trump-and-the-meat-tycoon-backstory-to-a-commutation/

    Kosher Industry’s Woes Reach a Poor Village in Guatemala | By Summer Harlow | December 24, 2008 – ➤ https://forward.com/news/14768/agriprocessors-raid-shatters-dreams-in-guatemalan-03014/

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 27, 2017, 5:35 am

      PRESIDENT TRUMP:
      Since you let the Major Malefactor get out of prison after serving less than a third of his sentence, don’t you think you ought to do right by those poor Guatemalan cast offs from Agriprocessors who were deported back to Guatemala in 2007, and have been rotting away ever since then down there in San José Calderas?
      I realize the Major Malefactor is probably somebody’s friend – – – most likely he’s the friend of somebody really important, like maybe a Major Donor (if I had to guess). And, I’ll bet he had a very expensive, well-connected, Republican lawyer workin’ like a dog to get him the commutation. So, he’s getting taken care of — getting special treatment — because he knew the right people, and had plenty of money. And, those poor folks down there in San José Calderas don’t have any of that going for them.
      I’m certain the Guatemalan government would like to help them, but they’ve got more important things to do — like move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. You can appreciate that, can’t you President Trump?
      So wouldn’t it be possible to give them a helpin’ hand with some grants, or contracts, or disaster relief. Even a little baksheesh would help.
      What about it, President Trump?

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 27, 2017, 9:48 am

      P.S. AN APPEAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP TO AGAIN MAKE HISTORY:
      While I’m at it, I might as well mention something that occurred to me while listening to you explain your your bold, historic Jerusalem decision. As I recall, you said you were just acknowledging reality in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. You said that for more than 20 or so years Presidents had refused to acknowledge reality, but you couldn’t go along with that because you like to keep it real, and anyway acknowledging reality would make peace more likely.

      I remember thinking that if same rationale were applied to the issue of Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons, then the U.S. would surely have to acknowledge the reality that Israel has a nuclear arsenal, and put an end to the silly boilerplate to the effect that “Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East”. I mean really, there were photos in The London Times decades ago. Everyone knows they have a nuclear arsenal, and yet the US and Israel refuse to give a straight answer when asked whether Israel has a nuclear arsenal, and will only recite the boilerplate (which doesn’t even pretend to answer the question).

      To think, this incredibly embarrassing charade has been going on since President Nixon and Golda Meir apparently reached a “secret understanding” back in 1969, that they would just recite that mantra whenever anyone asked about Israel having nuclear weapons. Not to mention that they would refuse to explain or clarify what was meant by “introduce”. Possess? Manufacture? Deliver? Assemble? Prime? Use? Detonate? Or, something along these lines:

      “‘Nuclear weapon(s)’, I’d like to introduce you to the ‘Middle East’ ; ‘Middle East’ , this is the ‘Nuclear weapon(s)’ I’ve been telling you about.” And then perhaps the ‘Middle East’ says: “I do hope it was not a-l-l bad”, and ‘Nuclear weapon(s’) says “No, quite to the contrary, truthfully!”. And ‘Middle East’ replies, “Oh, well that’s a relief. If Mr. Cumberpatch has any fault, apart from his forbears’ business activities on Barbados, for which it is not fair to blame him; people might say he can, on occasion, be brutally honest. Isn’t that correct Benedict? May I call you that?” “It would please me to no end, ‘Middle East’. And as to any brutal honesty on my part, it will never again go so far as to incorporate in any way, shape or form the word coloured, so help me God!” [sparse, somewhat nervous laughter] Yada, Yada Yada

      Or, perhaps, more formally (best if spoken using lockjaw), “‘Middle East’, may I have the distinct pleasure of presenting ‘Nuclear weopan(s)'”; “‘Middle [increasing pitch] East’, (gesturing) ‘Nuclear [falling pitch] weapons'”. “What say I get you ladies a martini to help break the ice, shaken or [increasing pitch] stirred?” “Stirred , thank you.” “Shaken for me , and if you should care to partake yourself, do get a libation of your choice.” Thank you, that’s most considerate. I shall return shortly . . . . if I may please be excused. Yada, Yada , Yada

      I’m sorry, I got a little carried away there, but I really do see the whole game as being absurd. Just because people try to keep a straight face and act as if it’s perfectly normal to hear an unresponsive recital of boilerplate like “Israel will not be the first country to introduce . . “, doesn’t mean they don’t think that despite your being emperor, you still look ridiculous in your “new clothes” (notwithstanding all the liposuction), because nudity is not becoming to anyone over 50. In other words, no one is going to tell you you’re making a fool of yourself , but you are, and it will eventually catch up with you. And your fall will not be pretty!

      SO, PRESIDENT TRUMP, may we count on you to bring to an end the 50 years of winks, smiles , smirks, frowns, “head shakes’, ‘eye rolls’, ‘looks of disgust’, etc. and be the first President to finally acknowledge the REALITY that Israel does indeed have a nuclear arsenal, and it is past time that we made it public by releasing copies of the intelligence we have confirming the existence of Israel’s nuclear arsenal (but not as to its size, or any other details)? I will greatly appreciate the favor of a reply, entirely at your convenience, Mr. President.

      • RoHa
        December 27, 2017, 8:40 pm

        Good appeal. I’m not sure he’ll read it, though. If he does, and follows through, expect a rapid revision to the Symington Amendment.

        (Pssst. There is no such newspaper as The London Times.)

  10. just
    December 27, 2017, 6:18 am

    “Israeli minister plans to name Western Wall train station after Trump

    Yisrael Katz wants to name stop on new rail line after US president for his ‘brave decision to recognise city as Israel’s capital’

    Israel’s transport minister is pushing ahead with a plan to extend Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high-speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a station after the US president, Donald Trump.

    Yisrael Katz’s proposal, which is in the initial planning stage, involves constructing two underground stations and excavating more than two miles (3km) of tunnel beneath downtown Jerusalem and under the politically and historically sensitive Old City. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

    A spokesman for the transport ministry, Avner Ovadia, said the project was estimated to cost more than $700m (£522m) and, if approved, would take four years to complete.

    Katz’s office said the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives and fast-tracked it in the planning committees.

    Katz said a high-speed rail station would allow visitors to reach “the beating heart of the Jewish people: the Western Wall and the Temple Mount”. …”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/27/israeli-minister-plans-name-western-wall-train-station-donald-trump

    Seriously??? They are going to “tunnel” under the Old City? They’re crazy! Perhaps they’ll name the WC after Haley…

  11. Mahmoud El-Yousseph
    December 29, 2017, 12:04 am

    Nikki Haley acts as the second ISISraeli ambassador to the UN. She can add me to her nutty list too, then she can shove it where the sun do not shine!

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