Nikki Haley: America’s Iron Lady

In 2012, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sought, as do most presidential candidates, a solid running mate for vice president among a growing variety of young conservative Republican politicians. But one particular candidate was the young governor from South Carolina named Nimrata (‘Nikki’) Randhawa Haley, a woman born to Indian-Sikh parents and wife to the very first ‘First Gentleman’ in South Carolina history. Lauded by The Economist for her “fiscal ferocity and a capacity for conciliation”, her unique ethnic background and matronly feminine appeal would, as an attractive young woman, garner support as the ‘anti’ Hillary Clinton according to some strategists. When asked in 2012 if she would accept an offer to run alongside Gov. Romney, she simply replied that “I’d say thank you, but no, I made a promise to the people of this state. And I think that promise matters. And I intend to keep it.” Her popularity and politics of conviction led Time Magazine to name Haley as one of “The 100 Most Influential People” in the world in 2016.

Nikki Haley Time Magazine Artwork #1
Original artwork by The Conservative Historical Review’s owner and editor-in-chief, J.P. Henderson.

Yet seven years later, with just two years remaining in her second term as governor, the rest of America was fortunate to be introduced to Nikki Haley as President-Elect Trump’s nomination for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The woman with the unfettered resolve to stand up to the increasingly hostile, even unhinged, presidential candidate now currently her boss during her address in response to former President Obama’s final State of the Union Address in January 2016 had impressed the future president enough with her presence as a rising transformative force among an increasingly diverse field of scorned conservative counterrevolutionaries. This seemingly perfect timing and her growing star provided her the golden opportunity leading Haley to be confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations by Vice President Mike Pence on January 25, 2017. And though she cut her teeth inside the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, it will be in the trenches of the hostile imperialist assembly chamber of the United Nations in New York where history will record the legacy of Nikki Haley as one born to fulfill her destiny as ‘America’s Iron Lady’ and, perhaps, follow in the footsteps of  her two predecessors of the namesake, Israel’s Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher of Britain, as America’s first woman president.

The Iron Ladies Nikki Haley for President Wallpaper #1
Original artwork by The Conservative Historical Review’s owner and editor-in-chief, J.P. Henderson.

On February 2, 2017, Haley dealt her hand as a harsh critic of Russia before the UN Security Council when declaring that sanctions in response to its invasion of Crimea would not be lifted until Moscow agreed to return control to Ukraine. On March 30, Haley announced that the Trump Doctrine would no longer focus on forcing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to leave power — a radical departure from President Obama’s initial policy for the fall of Assad as the centerpiece of his disastrous covert operations to redraw the Middle East map through the Arab Spring. In April, Haley informed the U.N. Security Council a day after the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack that further strikes could occur if needed, and that Russia, Assad and Iran “have no interest in peace” while attacking Tehran and Hezbollah with decades of “terrorist acts” during her first session as President of the UN Security Council. The following day after the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles toward the Shayrat Air Base in Syria, Haley lauded it as a ‘very measured step’ for which the U.S. was prepared ‘to do more’ if needed. After Russia blocked a draft resolution by Haley to condemn the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack on April 12, Haley demanded that Moscow side “with the civilized world over an Assad government that brutally terrorizes its own people.” During her testimony on June 28 before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Haley credited President Trump’s warning to Syria with stopping another chemical attack. Finally in September, Haley passively condemned “some countries” (an indirect reference to Russia) for protecting Iran by blocking the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from verifying Tehran’s compliance with the international nuclear agreement. “Without inspections,” she said, “the Iran deal is an empty promise.”

Her approach to North Korea and Kim Jong-Un has been equally spirited. Haley said the U.S. military could be deployed in response to any further North Korean missile tests or usage of nuclear missiles, which she believed Kim understood due to pressure by both the U.S. and its northern neighbor, China. After North Korea performed a ballistic missile test on May 14, 2017, Haley contended that Kim, facing mounting pressure from the U.S. and the rest of the international community, was ‘in a state of paranoia’. Following the UN Security Council resolution on June 2, 2017 adding fifteen North Koreans and four entities linked to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs to a sanctions blacklist, Haley hailed the vote for “sending a clear message to North Korea today: Stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences”. The following month before the Security Council convened in response to Pyongyang’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Haley announced the US would “bring before the Security Council a resolution that raises the international response in a way that is proportionate to North Korea’s new escalation”. And after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved sanctions banning exports worth over $1 billion, Haley reported that the sanctions package was “the single largest … ever leveled against the North Korean regime”.

But it has been her staunch defense of Israel that most defines Haley the humanitarian realist as a grand conciliator. During a May 2017 interview, she expressed interest in moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with a more aggressive condemnation of the UN on June 7 for having “bullied Israel for a very long time.” Haley made good on her pledge to enforce the Trump administration’s agenda to support Israel the following month by condemning UNESCO for designating Hebron’s Old City and the Cave of the Patriarchs as Palestinian territory, as “tragic on several levels”. 

The UN finds itself reeling not due to some bloviating orange madman as the Left would have it, but by the ferocious tenacity of Amb. Haley, who after eight long years of the Obama administration’s open culture of hostility to Israel that culminated in the former president instructing Haley’s predecessor, Samantha Power, to abstain on a resolution condemning Israel’s “occupation” of territories on ‘Palestinian land, pulled a full ‘U-Turn’. After years of disgraceful insults to Benjamin Netanyahu, the reference to Israel by John Kerry as an ‘apartheid state’, threats to shoot down Israeli IAF jets should Netanyahu order an attack on Iranian reactors during negotiations for the nuclear deal, a seething UN Security Council convened to attempt the forcible overturn of U.S. diplomatic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the Trump administration’s intent to relocate America’s embassy there from Tel Aviv after declaring that under the Trump administration, the U.S. would have vetoed the December 2015 UN Resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in citing that the Obama administration had sought to “put peace further out of reach by injecting itself between the two parties.” By Haley vetoing the Egyptian-drafted resolution to force the U.S. to withdraw diplomatic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, she signaled to the world that once and for all, the Trump administration would exercise its right as a sovereign nation by putting America first. In doing so, the Trump Doctrine has radically undermined seven decades of U.S. foreign policy orthodoxy regarding the Arab/Israeli conflict that has proven to be an unambiguous failure. The coup de gras to the international community’s demand that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders has, much to Netanyahu’s delight and the UN’s disdain, opened a new path to peace neither embracing or rejecting a two state solution as a precondition for a peace settlement.

After Haley warned the UN General Assembly that she would be ‘taking names’ of countries voting to reject Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, she drafted in a letter to her peers that “As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally. The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us.” And that she did: after the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution condemning the U.S. during an emergency session on December 21, 2017, Haley negotiated for more than $285 million be cut from the UN budget, with plans to trim even more from the world body’s staggering $5.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The U.S. currently provides 22 percent of the UN’s regular budget and 27 percent of its peacekeeping balance. In May 2017, The New York Times reported that the UN admitted that Trump’s budget cuts would make it ‘impossible’ for the global governing body to operate.

Haley’s tenure as UN Ambassador, notable if for no other reason than her unusually high degree of visibility in said role, has led a steadily increasing number of outlets to speculate of her potential appointment in the future as Secretary of State given the apparent strain in the relationship between President Trump and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. After all, Tillerson’s globalist approach to supporting the Palestinian narrative over Jerusalem and Israel and the Iran nuclear deal itself has allowed Haley to gain the president’s ear. From her aggressive advocacy and affirmation of the administration’s willingness to use military force in response to the ongoing North Korea missile tests throughout 2017 on into this year, Haley’s approach, as defined by her iron will and chic style, have provided her opportunities through merit no ‘glass ceiling’ will serve to preface for the Left’s defiant narrative.


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