What a week in US foreign policy! First President Trump approves a commando raid in Yemen that was a total fiasco, leaving one US soldier and scores of innocent women and children dead. Then Trump’s Iran-obsessed National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, hijacks a White House Press conference to put Iran “on notice” over its legal testing of a missile and the false claim that it is involved in the Yemen war.
But today marks an own-goal hat trick! Today, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley used her first appearance before the UN Security Council to condemn Russia for the renewed violence in eastern Ukraine.
Haley told the Security Council:
I consider it unfortunate that the occasion of my first appearance is one in which I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia. It is unfortunate because it is a replay of too many instances over many years in which United States representatives have had to do that.
What were the “aggressive actions of Russia”? She did not say. Does she accuse Russia of another “invasion” of Ukraine, as Obama’s mouthpieces endlessly claimed without proof? What exactly did she mean?
But it got even stranger.
Haley went on to tell the Council that US sanctions on Russia would not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Ukraine:
The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.
That’s quite different from what President Trump has been saying. Asked in July whether the US would end US sanctions on Russia and recognize that Crimea is Russian, President Trump — Haley’s boss — said, “Yes. We would be looking at that.”
Is this a new policy? Should we not be hearing such a dramatic shift from Trump? Or at least Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, now ensconced in Foggy Bottom?
While Ambassador Haley blames the Russians for the re-start of fighting in eastern Ukraine, the real cause may be a bit closer to home. Violence in eastern Ukraine began flaring up not long after a New Year’s Day visit to the front lines in Ukraine by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), where the two Senators encouraged the Kiev forces to renew their war against the separatist east.
The Trump Administration better stop playing games with the war criminal games that were launched by previous Administrations. And because Trump is a target of the establishment it is likely that any breach of International Law could be used to take down the President. Accusing Russia of actions it didn't do and demanding the return of Crimea is no way to mend relations with the Russians. This foolishness puts at risk the Trump economic reform efforts being undertaken in the US.
Comments from Mike Rivero at Whatreallyhappened:
A memo to Ambassador Haley; your narrative could not possibly be more ham-fistedly, pig-headedly far from the truth.
The world, and your brother and sister Americans are recoiling at the hysterical idiocy of this premise, that Russia, in some way, "annexed" Ukraine.
It would actually be funny, if it weren't so deadly serious, in terms of such a statement being a potential prelude to a war against Russia.
And I can firmly assure you, Ambassador Haley, that neither Americans or the world have SMD (selective memory disorder) as to why Crimea had the referendum to decide whether to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or join the Russian Federation.
Let me take you back to the events of 2014, when the US/IMF/EU/NATO initiated a coup in Kiev, during which the more Russian-centric Yanukovich was thrown under proverbial bus, and Poroshenko, the pro-western puppet, was "installed" in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg. Obama actually admitted this publicly:
Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”
And let me remind you, Madam Ambassador, of Victoria Nuland's very public "gloat" about how much the US had spent to regime change Kiev:
Regime Change in Kiev: Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"
And sorry, Madam Ambassador, neither I, or the world, can unsee the video of that presentation.
When Crimean leadership understood that there was no more legitimate government in Kiev, they did two things.
First, in an honest, and free, referendum, it asked its people whether they wanted to stay with the US regime-changed government in Kiev, or join the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, the people of Crimea voted to petition Russia to join the Russian Federation.
95.7% of Crimeans in referendum voted to join Russia - preliminary results
There was no "annexation" of Crimea by Russia; the Crimean people, in an exercise of peaceful self-determination, as sanctioned by the UN charter (something with which you should, my dear, at least peripherally acquaint yourself), held a referendum, and decided to petition the Russian Federation to become a part of it, which it did.
Madam Secretary, I am simply an American citizen, with a deep respect for actual history, and the truth; and if in fact, I can put this together, using publicly available resources, why is your ultimatum to Russia at the UN so completely, utterly, fact-free?!?
This is the kind of threat which is a prelude to war; it is a war that neither the American people, nor the Russia people want at all.
But of course, that is of utterly no matter to the American Deep State, to which you have proven, through these utterances at the UN, to be your ultimate master.
Another very troubling evaluation of these moves comes to us from Steven Lendman, from global research.ca:
Trump's policy on Ukraine could lead to war with Russia, and it states, very honestly, that Haley's rhetoric sounds like Samantha Powers had never left the UN.Putin on E. Ukraine flare-up: Kiev trying to extort US, EU, cash by playing the victim
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 5th, 2017.]