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Brett Davis Op-ed: Watch: Biden Sounds Like Bumbling Fool in Front of UN, Embarrasses US on World Stage


Commentary By Brett Davis  September 21, 2021

Read more at https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-biden-sounds-like-bumbling-fool-front-un-embarrasses-us-world-stage/

President Joe Biden, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for the first time since taking up residence in the White House, did what he does best. He embarrassed his country with a foreign policy speech that was detached from reality, full of straw men and false dichotomies, rambling and incoherent at times and — c’mon, man — punctuated by avuncular exasperation and fake bravado.

The 23-second video below captures the tone of Tuesday’s oration before the global body.

Biden, spinning like a centrifuge, stressed that the disastrous removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan will open “a new era of relentless diplomacy.”

“Instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past,” Biden said, “we are fixing our eyes on devoting our resources to the challenges that hold the keys to our collective future: Ending this pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, managing shifts in global power dynamics, shaping the rules of the world on vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies, and facing the threat of terrorism as it stands today.”

Taking on those problems requires foreign governments to “engage deeply with the rest of the world” and “work together with our partners toward a shared future,” Biden said, according to a White House copy of the speech.

Biden’s flowery verbiage is misplaced, belied by the reality of recent events.

American allies remain frustrated with Biden’s handling — mishandling — of last month’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, including the Pentagon’s acknowledgment that a Kabul drone strike that was touted as “righteous” by Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had, in fact, killed 10 civilians, including seven children.

Americans remain trapped in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, even as the Taliban tighten their bloody grip on the country by sweeping away what little opposition remains and killing anyone in-country who worked with the United States and its allies over the past two decades.

More recently, the Biden administration has found itself grappling with an angry French government still smarting over a new trilateral security pact with the United Kingdom and Australia, which saw Canberra reverse course on a multibillion-dollar deal it had brokered with Paris.

Nevertheless, Biden defended his administration’s international engagement over the past eight months. He argued he had “prioritized rebuilding our alliances, revitalizing our partnerships and recognizing they’re essential and central to America’s enduring security and prosperity.”

Biden’s take on other flashpoints around the world evidenced a similar naivete and refusal to acknowledge reality, including returning to the useless Iran nuclear deal (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and putting the North Korean nuclear genie back in the bottle.

“The United States will remain committed to preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. We are working with the P5 plus one to engage Iran diplomatically and to seek a return to the JCPOA,” Biden said, referring to the five members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany.

“We’re prepared to return to full compliance if Iran does the same. Similarly, we seek serious and sustained diplomacy to pursue the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Likewise, Biden reiterated his commitment to the pipe dream of a two-state solution regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The commitment of the United States to Israel’s security is without question, and our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal,” Biden said.

“But I continue to believe that a two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish democratic state living in peace alongside a viable sovereign and democratic Palestinian state.”

One glaring omission from the speech was any mention at all of China — the top international rival of the United States and, more importantly, the source of a pandemic that has killed more than 4 million citizens of the countries the United Nations delegates represent. Maybe even Biden’s speechwriters couldn’t find a way to spin a China reference in anything like a positive direction.

Biden’s weakness on the world stage is in sharp contrast to President Donald Trump’s more muscular approach to foreign policy, including a deal negotiated with the Taliban that resulted in no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan for 18 months, withdrawing from the JCPOA while making Iran a pariah in its own Middle East neighborhood, easing tensions with North Korea, and ignoring the Palestinian Authority to facilitate the Abraham Accords between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

That’s what effective leadership looks like. Biden’s appearance at the U.N. on Tuesday — a bumbling fool with a fool’s record of failure — was exactly the opposite.

Brett Davis, Contributor,

Brett Davis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University, has written for newspapers, public policy organizations, a major humanitarian institution and a software company. Brett lives in Federal Way, Washington, just south of Seattle.

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Pompeo Smacks Acosta for Having Facts Wrong Then Asking ‘Ludicrous’ Question


Reported By Ben Marquis | September 25, 2018 at

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The liberal media was all abuzz recently over an anonymous report published by The New York Times which alleged that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had once suggested to other administration officials — perhaps jokingly — that he wear a wire when meeting with President Donald Trump in order to gather evidence of his alleged mental instability to support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from power.

The Daily Caller reported that this rather ridiculous story was brought up in the form of a question about the alleged 25th Amendment discussions posed to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a news conference at the U.N. on Monday, where Trump was scheduled to address the General Assembly on Tuesday.

The reporter who brought up the story was none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta, and both Haley and Pompeo let him know how “absurd” and “ludicrous” both his question and the allegation in general were, while also calling him out for getting the basic facts and premise of his question wrong.

First addressing Haley, Acosta said, “You are the one person here who has been with this administration from the beginning,” and then mentioned the story about Rosenstein and invoking the 25th Amendment. “Were you ever involved in any of those discussions? Were you aware of any of those discussions?”

“I said yesterday on the Sunday shows that, literally, I have never once been in the White House where that conversation has happened,” Haley replied.

“I’m not aware of any cabinet members that are even talking about that. It is completely and totally absurd. No one is questioning the president at all. If anything, we’re trying to keep up the pace with him, in the fact that he has a lot he wants to accomplish very quickly and we’re going to continue to support him in the way that he does that,” she added.

Acosta then attempted to ask Pompeo a follow-up question regarding North Korea — particularly about not having details of a deal ironed out prior to high-level summit meetings — but the secretary felt the need to first address Acosta’s initial line of questioning, snarkily fact-checking him in the process.

“Two things: Fact check, I’ve been with the administration since the beginning, too. That’s relevant,” said Pompeo, who first served in the administration as CIA director prior to transferring to the State Department.

“I’ll add, no discussion with me about the 25th Amendment in any way either, so you can now report that there are two senior leaders who’ve said that your question was ludicrous,” Pompeo added.

Pompeo attempted to move on to the North Korea part of Acosta’s questions, but the reporter interrupted to apologize for forgetting Pompeo’s role as the former CIA director and to wonder why Rosenstein would be talking behind the scenes about the 25th Amendment, if it were so “ludicrous.”

“I find the question ludicrous,” Pompeo replied. “I’ve been involved, I’ve been at the center of this administration, along with lots of other folks, from virtually Day One — I think it was actually day three or four — I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, whisper about it, joke about it in any way.”

“I’ve been in a lot of meetings with a lot of senior officials from this government,” he added, prior to transitioning to Acosta’s question about North Korea.

In that regard, Pompeo noted that “we went at this the other way for decades,” to no avail, and said “we’re coming at this from a different direction” by bringing together the two most senior leaders from North Korea and the U.S. in an effort to make actual progress toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Acosta, like many other “journalists” in the liberal media, accepted the report from The Times about Rosenstein’s wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump as if it were the gospel truth, largely because it fit into their preconceived notions and narratives about the mental state of the president.

But Acosta’s “ludicrous” focus on a story that may not even be true, at the expense of more focus on far more pressing international matters, serves to fit snugly with the growing perception that the “fake news” media care only about hurting, smearing and ultimately getting rid of Trump. That’s why it was so it was nice to see Haley and Pompeo verbally smack him back into place.

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After UK-Russia Fight Escalates, Haley Issues Bombshell Warning at UN


Reported By Chris Agee | March 15, 2018 at 10:33am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/uk-russia-fight-escalates-haley-issues-bombshell-warning-un/

While critics have slammed President Donald Trump over his perceived initial equivocation in response to evidence that Russian operatives staged a poisoning on British soil earlier this month, many in his administration are unambiguous in their condemnation of the act.

As Fox News reported, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made the case this week that the U.N. Security Council must react swiftly and decisively in response to what she called an “atrocious crime.”

Following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, which left them critically ill and threatened the health of hundreds in the vicinity, the U.K. released a joint statement by the leaders of that nation, the U.S., Germany and France condemning the attack in stark terms.

The use of Russian nerve agent novichok “constitutes the first offensive use” of such a chemical in Europe since World War II, the statement indicated.

“A British police officer who was also exposed in the attack remains seriously ill, and the lives of many innocent British citizens have been threatened,” the world leaders wrote.

The joint statement went on to offer sympathy for those involved, as well as “admiration for the UK police and emergency services for their courageous response.”

In Haley’s comments Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council, she made it clear that America “stands in absolute solidarity” with the U.K. in the wake of an incident she warned could easily strike closer to home.

“If we don’t take immediate, concrete measures to address this now, (Britain) will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” she said.

Haley explained similar agents “could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this council.” 

Haley struck back directly at Russian allegations that Western nations “criticize them too much,” adding that if “the Russian government stopped using chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies,” then those critics “would stop talking about them.”

In addition to her harsh rebuke of the poisoning, British Prime Minister Teresa May announced this week the nation’s decision to impose a range of punitive measures. A total of 23 Russian diplomats have reportedly been kicked out and the U.K. canceled several intergovernmental contracts between the two nations.  In announcing the decision to expel nearly two dozen diplomats, May told British officials that the move would “fundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability in the U.K. for years to come.”

She also signaled the initiation of further probes into the attack and additional action against Russia. The White House expressed support for those measures in a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders. She confirmed that the U.S. is “working together with our allies and partners to ensure that this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again.” 

Sanders also denounced the public poisoning in her comments this week, asserting that the “latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes.”

‘Outrageous’: Nikki Haley Just Sent Palestinian President a Brutal Message


Reported By Joe Setyon | January 25, 2018 at 3:11pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/outrageous-nikki-haley-just-sent-palestinian-president-a-brutal-message/

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday for indulging in “outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories” regarding Israel.Image result for nikki haley us ambassador

Delivering her remarks at a U.N. Security Council meeting, Haley slammed Abbas for a speech he gave earlier this month, in which the Palestinian leader strongly criticized both Israel and the United States.

In that speech, Abbas said he did not want the U.S. to lead peace talks between Israel and Palestine. He also called the peace plan that the Trump administration is currently working on a “slap in the face,” Fox News reported.

But Abbas wasn’t done. In his two-hour-long address, he referenced events from centuries ago in an attempt to indicate that the Jewish state is nothing more than a “colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness.”

“The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call if whatever you want. Everything has been made up,” he added, according to The New York Times.

Haley was having none of it. Responding to Abbas’ “outrageous and discredited” ideas, she suggested that he does not have “courage” or “will” to seek a lasting peace.

“He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel,” Haley said. 

“He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers.” 

A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and will to seek real peace.”

Haley also contrasted Abbas to former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who traveled to Israel in 1977 — a visit that eventually helped facilitate peace between Egypt and Israel. The U.N. ambassador referred to Sadat as someone who was “willing to step forward, acknowledge hard truths and make compromises.”

“Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat?” she asked.

While emphasizing that the U.S. is “eager” for a peace deal to be reached between Israel and Palestine, she warned that America “will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what’s needed to achieve peace.” 

Haley’s remarks on Israel came the same day President Donald Trump said the U.S. might withhold aid for Palestine unless they “sit down and negotiate peace.”

“When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support — tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands — that money is on the table,” Trump said from Davos, Switzerland, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side.

“And that money’s not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace.

Media Refuses to Support Iran Uprising, So Haley Takes Matters Into Own Hands


Reported By V Saxena | January 3, 2018 at 8:14am

The mainstream media, which seems to have sided with Iran’s oppressive regime and against the crowds of protesters seeking to overthrow it, received some bad news Tuesday when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on the United Nations to hold emergency sessions in support of the protesters.

“Dozens have already been killed, hundreds have been arrested,” she said during a news briefing, according to RealClearPolitics. “If the Iranian dictatorship’s history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the coming days. The U.N. must speak out.

“In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva,” she added. “We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”

Listen to some of the speech below:

Dovetailing back to the first paragraph, it would admittedly be disingenuous to claim everybody in the mainstream media supports Iran’s oppressive regime. But it would not be wrong to say some certainly do.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro took notice, taking The New York Times to task this week for defending Iran’s oppressive government. Not only did Times’ reporter Thomas Erdbrink falsely describe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate (he’s not), Erdbrink and the rest of the leftists at the Times appeared to suggest the protesters were to blame for any violence they faced from the Iranian regime:

Notice how the Times framed what’s been happening in Iran.

“Yes, it’s the fault of the demonstrators, who have somehow merely refused to heed the decent calls for calm from the Iranian mullahs,” Shapiro sarcastically wrote at The Daily Wire.

But it’s not just the media that have acted improperly in response to the protests in Iran. A number of former Obama administration officials, including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, have begged President Donald Trump to “be quiet” and not involve himself in the protests.

Yes, of course, because allowing the protesters in Iran to be trampled by their government just as they were during the Green Movement demonstrations in 2009 makes perfect sense.

“(I)n 2009 when the Green Movement demonstrators were marching through the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities, demanding freedom from the mullahs … (t)he students and others marching in the streets to overthrow these tyrants desperately wanted America’s help, specifically the support of our ‘oh-so-liberal-progressive’ president,” notes Roger L. Simon for PJ Media.

How did Obama respond? He was silent. But not Trump, nor Haley. Never that:

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what real leadership looks like.

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