Monday, December 18, 2017

MAGA: Trump Degrading U.S. Prestige One Asinine Statement After Another

Heluva Salute Example, Amb. Haley Wow (double dog wow)

German Magazine: Lost prestige for sure - it can't be denied

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a UN Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

The remaining 14 council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote, adding that it was the first veto cast by the United States in more than six years. 

Haley continued: The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council,” she concluded:This U.N. draft resolution affirmed that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

(I note, no, Ms. Haley: The insult, if any, is that the U.S. under Trump wants to dictate to the ME where their capital should or should not be rather than leaving the important decision up to the parties in the region and not the U.S. The recent outrage and backlash we have seen proves this point).

Background up to this point: Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s western allies.  

In the wake of the decision of the United States ... the situation has become more tense with an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces,” U.N. Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council ahead of the vote.

Trump plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The draft U.N. resolution had called upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Haley and Trump for the veto in a video clip posted on his Facebook page. Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there.

Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognized internationally.

What lies ahead: In essence, Trump is wrong, Haley is wrong, and so is anyone else who advocates that same view and thus supports Trump and his unilateral dictator-like decisions. The UN S/C “no” vote clearly shows that the UN, whose members are equal to the U.S. members are saying in essence the U.S. stance is a poor decision.

More so and directly related to the UN members’ view of Trump and the U.S. is seen on that German magazine cover above which features Trump draped in an American flag and doing the Nazi salute was based on Trump failing to quickly condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis after the violent rallies in Charlottesville, VA.

The article is titled:Sein Kampf” (a play on Adolf Hitler’s 1925 autobiography “Mein Kampf”) – translated into English as “My Struggle.”

The sub-headline reads: His (Trump’s) Struggle: Ku Klux Klan, Racism: How Donald Trump Stirs the Hate in America.”

Now, following that U.S. veto, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said Arab states, which had agreed earlier this month to seek a Security Council resolution on the issue, would meet to evaluate the situation to determine what their next steps might be.

Yet, Trumpsters cling to Trump’s judgment on this, which turns out to be in layman’s terms: Piss poor.

We are in rough waters and rough times ahead. Stay tuned.

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