If there’s one thing that the U.S. has in droves, it’s a bunch of countries taking loads of cash from the U.S. to use in their own countries, be it for infrastructure, aid, and more. However, it’s those same countries that then turn around and thumb their nose at the United States. This has been something the U.S. has allowed, at least until now.
Nikki Haley’s warpath against countries that take U.S. money with one hand and insult them with the other kicked off the moment the majority of nations within the UN voted to condemn the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and choosing to move its embassy there.
Haley warned the present diplomats in one of the most epic speeches of 2017 that she and the U.S. would remember those who voted against them, and that there would be consequences, specifically mentioning the U.S.’s monetary contributions.
“When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization that nation is disrespected,” said Haley. “What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. In the case of the US, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege.”
That’s when Haley dropped the bomb, in a statement that is infamously echoing around the world.
“We will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” said Haley, adding “we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more.”
The message is clear. Don’t attempt to bully the U.S., and we’ll stick by you. Do so, and you’ll see how we deal with bullies.
Of course, the lack of self-awareness of many UN countries lends to some short-sighted outlooks. As one Muslim diplomat who cowardly, but intelligently decided to remain anonymous said to a Reuters reporter.
A senior diplomat from a Muslim country, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of @nikkihaley's letter: "States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others." https://t.co/x86IDjiDyL
— Michelle Nichols (@michellenichols) December 20, 2017
Haley saw the tweet and decided to respond with some hard reality for this diplomat hiding behind anonymity.
Actually it is when a country is tired of being taken for granted.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
What the Muslim diplomat is failing to recognize, is that a country deciding to no longer give away money to a benefiting nation that continuously slaps that country in the face is not bullying. Getting together to condemn a nation for moving its own embassy to a city that is historically recognized as that nation’s capital is bullying. All Nikki Haley and the U.S. did was stand up for itself.
What our Muslim diplomat friend, currently hiding his face while shouting insults into the either, believes the U.S. is bullying his and other countries, what he’s not realizing is that these countries are akin to spoiled children. They receive and receive, but do not respect. They are not grateful and will throw temper tantrums if ever the gifts they feel they are entitled to are interrupted or cease.
It’s about time the U.S. did some withholding, and maybe even some figurative spanking.