Washington Examiner "Nikki Haley, on the job barely 12 weeks as ambassador to the United Nations, has become a driving force in President Trump's move to reassert American leadership abroad.
"This was most obviously on display in the days surrounding Trump's decision to punish Syria for using chemical weapons. In a globally televised presentation before the U.N. Security Council, the former South Carolina governor bluntly admonished Damascus for its barbarity, and, just as significantly, scolded Russia in similarly plain language for propping up dictator Bashar Assad.
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" 'She's doing a good job of talking tough, but that's not diplomacy," said a Republican who previously worked at the U.S. Mission to the U.N., and requested anonymity in order to speak candidly.
"Accomplishment at the U.N. is measured through critical resolutions and punitive sanctions. Americans, particularly conservatives, often dismiss the importance of U.N. action, but the organization carries weight in other countries. To deliver, Haley's is going to have to learn how to negotiate support for U.N. action from countries' whose interests, and values, aren't aligned with the U.S.
"That means winning over authoritarian countries like Russia that can't be swayed by the kind of eloquent public shaming the ambassador leveled recently during a U.N. session to discuss the crisis in Syria. It means securing the backing of moderate Muslim nations that can be persuaded to side with the U.S., but that, because of domestic politics, won't if Haley is too forceful an advocate for Israel, a key American ally." . . .