The resignation of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took the political world by surprise, but it’s likely that no one is more disappointed than supporters of Israel. Haley wasn’t just a smart and assertive voice for America at the world body. She was a champion for the Jewish state, refusing to countenance the routine discrimination against Israel that was either blandly accepted or even encouraged — as it was during the last days of the Obama administration — by many of her predecessors.
Most of those sent to represent the United States at the United Nations have sought to both assimilate into their environment and adjust their foreign-policy message to fit in with the culture of a world body where America and Israel are generally despised. It’s become a place where everyone pretends that Third World dictators, theocrats, and terrorists are respected statesmen.
This theory of diplomacy is epitomized by former Secretary of State John Kerry, the architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, who is, according to Politico, apparently thinking of running (again) for president in 2020.
Kerry, like his former boss Barack Obama, doesn’t just believe in multilateral institutions, he hitched US foreign policy to the notion that America’s role in the world was not to listen and cooperate, but to also apologize and appease. He paid lip service to Western values rather than to confront America’s enemies and call out those who have perverted international institutions into cesspools of antisemitism. The result was not merely a failed attempt to ingratiate Muslim extremists, but retreats in Iraq and Syria, followed by atrocities, and then a nuclear pact that enriched and empowered an Iranian regime seeking regional hegemony.