Nikki Haley proves with her words that Donald Trump will continue in the neocon's mode of being a belligerent warmonger as his administration pushes to solve every problem with a bomb. Even as Chuck Todd prodded, Haley failed to see that humanitarian options are far more compatible with success.
Nikki Haley sadly just another neocon
Nikki Haley's description of a military attack as a rock-star performance is the clear definition of tone deafness as it relates to killing others.
Chuck Todd: But there's no plans on presenting the evidence publically? I mean, if you look, isn't it important, if to isolate-- in order to isolate Russia, to publically show how wrong they are about this?
Nikki Haley: So I don't doubt that that information won't come out. I think that you're also seeing the investigations of Russia now. That information's going to come out, when they can declassify it. So I fully expect that the, you know, the proper directors will come out with that information. But for right now, all we needed to know in that room was, is it true? Did it happen? What's the evidence, and go with that. And what you saw was, you know, we watched the president in what I believe was his finest hour since he's taken office. Because he was very thoughtful about it. He talked about risk. What General Mattis and the military did was just a rock-star performance. Because they were so focused on making sure there were limited civilian casualties, if any at all. They were focused on making sure they hit the airbase, where the Syrian government actually used the planes to carry the chemical weapons. And they were focused on making sure that they understood the United States is not going to allow chemical weapons use ever.
Todd attempted to get Haley to acknowledge that the Syrian suffering was just as bad whether killed with conventional weapons or chemical weapons. As such, will America find a way to make things better? Her response was the standard uncompromising belligerence with preconditions not defined by the Syrians but by Americans.
Chuck Todd: If Assad doesn't use chemical weapons, but this civil war continues, and he's brutal, but he uses conventional weapons to be brutal, are we going to sit on the sidelines?
Nikki Haley: I think what you're going to see is we're going to keep all of our thoughts and plans close to the chest. This president's not going to go and release any sort of information. But I think what you are going to see is pressure on the political solution. That's really what's going to happen. I mean, in no way do we look at peace happening in that area with Iranian influence. In no way do we see peace in that area with Russia covering up for Assad. In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government. And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process. The political solution has to come together for the good of the people of Syria.
Todd tried again. Should our refugee policy based on fear and not fact based info continue? The answer to her narrative is the impossibility of proving a negative. No one can prove that no outsider will come to this country and do wrong. The converse is true as well so that should never be a deterrent to bringing in refugees.
Chuck Todd: What about the fact that we are not allowing Syrian refugees, unless under the most extreme circumstances, into this country right now?
Nikki Haley: You know, look, this is what I will tell you. I have watched this administration focus so much on the safety of United States citizens. And as a mom and as a wife, I'm very grateful for that. And so what this president has done is said, "Prove to me that you are vetting these people properly. And if you are vetting them properly, then we will resume where we are. But until then, you have to prove to me that these people are being vetted in a way that we're not putting American citizens at risk."
Sadly, we have seen this movie before. It won't end well.
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