Thursday 2nd of April 2020

haley cometh...


US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s words on impossibility of political resolution in Syria while President Bashar Assad stays in power is an attempt to derail the international efforts on Syrian settlement, Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian upper house of parliament, said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Haley said in an interview with CNN broadcaster that the political solution was not going to be achieved while Assad was heading the regime in Syria.

"This is a direct sabotage of the international community’s efforts to launch the process of political negotiations between the authorities and opposition. US opinion will be read by both moderate and armed opposition. They will ask, what is the point in going to Astana or Geneva [talks on Syrian settlement]," Kosachev posted on his Facebook account.

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nikki haley -- mad as a smelly shit...

A political solution to the war in Syria is not possible with President Bashar al-Assad in power, the US ambassador to the UN has said in an apparent hardening of the Trump administration's position.

Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad are priorities for the US administration, Nikki Haley said in an interview to CNN, which will air in full on Sunday.

"We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there," she said.

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loosing faith...

Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released the password to a trove of NSA exploits in what they say is a form of protest against President Donald Trump for going back on his campaign promises, and warning the president, “Don’t forget your base.”

The shadowy group first emerged last August and released hacking exploits used by the NSA’s Equation Group, which included vulnerabilities in firewall products, and a list of IP addresses the NSA had exploited, which the group released at a later date.

NSA just lost control of its Top Secret arsenal of digital weapons; hackers leaked it.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 8, 2017

Shadow Brokers released passwords to the rest of the exploits on Saturday, in a move they described as a protest against Trump, who they say has “abandoned” his base by going back on many promises made on the campaign trail.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has confirmed that the leak included authentic NSA software. The leak doesn’t contain the entire spy tools library, Snowden tweeted.

However, he added that “NSA should be able to instantly identify where this set came from and how they lost it. If they can’t, it’s a scandal.”

...much here that NSA should be able to instantly identify where this set came from and how they lost it. If they can't, it's a scandal.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 8, 2017

Back in August, The Intercept used unreleased documents from Snowden to confirm the Shadow Brokers’ exploits were authentic.

The files appeared to be from up to late 2013, after Snowden had revealed the NSA’s spying reach. They included code to exploit unknown security flaws in CISCO hardware.

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insolent tween...


It seems like North Korea has disrupted US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s holidays plan on the Fourth of July. On her Twitter page, Haley complained about being stuck at work because of North Korea. Her tweet caused quite a stir online.

Spending my 4th in meetings all day. #ThanksNorthKorea

— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 4, 2017



​Many internet users felt that she is forgetting that she “signed up for this job.”

Internet users spared no time to criticize Haley’s tweet.

The ambassador's “#ThanksNorthKorea” complaint about having to sit in meetings racked up more than 11,000 replies on Twitter. There was little sympathy for Haley.

— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 4, 2017


— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 4, 2017

Republicans want to collect a paycheck without having to work for it. RT @nikkihaleySpending my 4th in meetings all day. #ThanksNorthKorea

— Spud Lovr (@SpudLovr) July 4, 2017


#ThanksNorthKorea?? Seriously, our government is being run by a bunch of 1st graders who engage in world diplomacy via Twitter. #resign

— ✨JusticeGirl✨ (@JusticeGirl2950) 4 июля 2017 г.

#ThanksNorthKorea sounds like it came from an insolent tween, not the Ambassador to the U.N. JFC, lady.

— NOLA COWGIRL (@tjresists) 4 июля 2017 г.

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she is particularly dangerous...


From Philip Giraldi

I went to a meeting the other night with some Donald Trump supporters who, like me, had voted for him based on expectations of a more rational foreign policy. They were suggesting that the president’s attempts to move in that direction had been sabotaged by officials inside the administration who want to maintain the current warfare state. Remove those officials and Trump might just keep his pledge to leave Bashar al-Assad alone while improving relations with Russia. I was somewhat skeptical, noting that the White House had unilaterally initiated the April 7 cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase as well as the more recent warning against an alleged “planned” chemical attack, hardly moves that might lead to better relations with Damascus and Moscow. But there are indeed some administration figures who clearly are fomenting endless conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere.

One might reasonably start with Generals James Mattis and H.R. McMaster, both of whom are hardliners on Afghanistan and Iran, but with a significant caveat. Generals are trained and indoctrinated to fight and win wars, not to figure out what comes next. General officers like George Marshall or even Dwight Eisenhower who had a broader vision are extremely rare, so much so that expecting a Mattis or McMaster to do what falls outside their purview is perhaps a bit too much. They might be bad choices for the jobs they hold, but at least they employ some kind of rational process, based on how they perceive national interests, to make judgements. If properly reined in by a thoughtful civilian leadership, which does not exist at the moment, they have the potential to be effective contributors to the national-security discussion.

But several other notable figures in the administration deserve to be fired if there is to be any hope of turning Trump’s foreign policy around. In Arthur Sullivan’s and W. S. Gilbert’s The Mikado, the Lord High Executioner sings about the “little list” he is preparing of people who “never will be missed” when he finally gets around to fulfilling the requirements of his office. He includes “apologetic statesmen of a compromising kind,” indicating that the American frustration with the incompetence of its government is not unique, nor is it a recent phenomenon.

My own little list of “society’s offenders” consists largely of the self-described gaggle of neoconservative foreign-policy “experts.” Unfortunately, the neocons have proven to be particularly resilient in spite of repeated claims that their end was nigh, most recently after the election of Donald Trump last November. Yet as most of the policies the neocons have historically espoused are indistinguishable from what the White House is currently trying to sell, one might well wake up one morning and imagine that it is 2003 and George W. Bush is still president. Still, hope springs eternal, and now that the United States has celebrated its 241st birthday, it would be nice to think that in the new year our nation might be purged of some of the malignancies that have prevailed since 9/11.

Number one on my little list is Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is particularly dangerous as she is holding a position where she can do bad things. Haley has been shooting from the lip since she assumed office and, it has become clear, much of what she says goes without any vetting by the Trump administration. It is never clear whether she is speaking for herself or for the White House. That issue has reportedly been dealt with by having the State Department clear in advance her comments on hot button issues, but, if that is indeed the case, the change has been difficult to discern in practice.

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the woman is a forever dangerous idiot...


“Everyone” knows Russia not only interfered in the US’ 2016 elections, but that it also continues to do so “across multiple continents,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in an interview with CNN, adding that “the US won’t ever trust Russia.”

“Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections. Everybody knows that they’re not just meddling in the United States’ election. They’re doing this across multiple continents, and they’re doing this in a way that they’re trying to cause chaos within the countries,” Haley told CNN’s State of the Union show.

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Haley is a shittiful disgrace to international relations. She sounds more and more like our own "honest" John Howard who used to preface his bullshit lies with "everybody knows"... or "common sense tells us that...". Haley should accept that there is no evidence of Russia meddling in the result of the 2016 Presidential election. And if there was, she should be thankful that she has a job... But there was not.

Meanwhile her boss:

US President Donald Trump has tweeted that “it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia,” citing a ceasefire negotiated for southwest Syria as proof that this is possible.

Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than two hours in Hamburg on Friday, the first day of the G20 summit.

“We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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welcoming the news (if it's not fake)...


Upon hearing the news that President Donald Trump is expected to phase out the CIA’s covert Syrian program, established by his predecessor Barack Obama, to arm and train anti-government ‘rebels’ in Syria, how did you respond?

Did you: 

a.) Welcome the news because it’s a positive step on the road to peace and reconciliation in Syria and a promising sign the US has finally given up on (or at least put on the back burner), plans for an illegal ‘regime change,’ or

b.) go into a hissy fit, kick the cat, swear loudly at the TV and accuse the POTUS on Twitter of handing Russia ‘a victory.'

The decision by #Trump to discontinue support for anti #Assad forces in #Syria is a victory for common sense. He deserves commendation

— alan mcpartland (@AlanMcpartlands) July 20, 2017

Well, I‘m sure for most ordinary members of the human race, keen to see an end to the suffering of the people in Syria, the right answer would be (a). Phasing out ‘Timber Sycamore’ (The code name of the CIA’s program), while keeping in mind that it won’t end US interference in Syria, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

For the inhabitants of 'Planet NeoCon' and their pro-war ‘liberal’ allies, however, news the CIA will no longer be backing people to blow up and cut off the heads of Syrians with the ‘wrong’ views has led to expressions of outrage, anger, and grief.

Peace breaking out in Syria? Why that’s an absolute friggin’ disgrace! Better for the Syrian people to endure another 20 years of bloody conflict than to hand Russia ‘a victory’!

Never has the neocon agenda been so transparent as in the last few days. Those who have posed as concerned and humanitarian ‘Friends of Syria’ seem panic-stricken that the bombs may soon stop going off in the Arab Republic, and life in the country will get back to normal, with President Assad still in power and Syria’s international alliances not just unbroken but strengthened.

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the dangerous ingenue...

As if to illustrate the point, while Putin was castigating American low political culture, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was opening her mouth to release more of her habitually inane remarks.


Haley told the UN Security Council on Monday that North Korea "was begging for war" and she affected a hilariously innocent pose, saying: "War is never something the United States wants."

What? This is from an envoy whose country has been in a state of permanent war over the past two decades, and which at times has been bombing seven countries simultaneously in flagrant violation of international law.

For the American envoy to make such a patently false rendering of reality is beyond stupid. It is dangerously delusional. This is what Putin was referring to when he said it is difficult to dialogue with such people. It's like trying to reason with someone who's psychotic.

American cognitive disconnect with reality stems from various factors. Ignorance, arrogance, deception, propaganda, parochialism. But a shorthand term for the cognitive impairment is "stupidity".

The trouble too with the Americans is that they seem to think that everyone else is stupid.

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no satisfaction...


The US will not be satisfied as long as Syrian President Bashar Assad is in power, US Ambassador to the UN said, commenting on a major de-escalation effort brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey without American participation.

Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed Friday on the fourth, final, de-escalation zone in Syria, which is designed to ensure ceasefire between Syrian government forces and rebels for a period of six months in order to pave the way for a political resolution to the six-year war. The deal, which is also aimed at separating terrorist groups, including Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL or Daesh) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) from so-called moderate opposition, was agreed with the approval of the Syrian government, as well as members of Syrian opposition who participated in the talks.

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Nikki Haley is a warring idiot... See toon at top.


variation on a theme...


it turned out differently...


When Trump announced the change of priorities in Syria, many hoped for a possibility to establish  practical cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States. In reality, it turned out differently.

Washington was extremely reluctant to communicate with the Russian military. Coordination or joint actions were out of the question, but there were no attempts of direct opposition either. The exception was the cruise missile strike on Shayrat, but it was more likely aimed at the Syrian army and Assad. It did not show a significant negative impact on the actions of the Russian military. The consequent warning and the deployment of new air defence systems proved to be enough for the Americans to abandon their ill-considered actions.

Presently, against the backdrop of the apparent success of joint operations conducted by Syrian and Russian forces against terrorists, a question arises again: is the USA going to help or hinder Russia and Syria in the destruction of ISIL?

The question is not idle. It arose first in connection with the death of Russian General Valery Asapov in Syria. The attack was too precise and too timely; the terrorists would not have been able to do it without assistance from the outside. At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defence drew attention to the suspiciously close and peaceful neighbourhood of US servicemen and terrorists on the Syrian territory.

The Americans declined to comment on the matter, but they launched a thesis about the allegedly unfolding "race" for the right to inflict the last fatal blow on ISIL.

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a toe in the water, a bomber in the air...


After years of policy stubbornly pushing regime change and pundits claiming Daesh would never fall without Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s removal, Washington appears to be slowly warming to the fact that Assad will remain in power, at least until the next Syrian elections in 2021.

The New Yorker reported Monday that US President Donald Trump's administration was prepared "to accept President Bashar al-Assad's continued rule until Syria's next scheduled presidential election, in 2021," citing US and European officials.

Former US Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford told Sputnik Radio's Loud & Clear on Tuesday, "I would look at the fine print. They have come close to saying this before, but there's always a rider. Like, they say, yeah, Assad can stay ‘for now' or ‘at this stage' or ‘until 2021.' I suspect this leak is actually not such a major step."

​Nevertheless, "they've made one little step back into reality that the rest of the world has known for a long time: that Assad is not going anywhere," Ford noted.

"CNN's Michael Weiss pushed the line that Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin would not fight the Islamic State [Daesh] and that Syria and Russia were the group's ‘unacknowledged air force.' His co-author, Hassan Hassan, contended that the Syrian regime must go because ‘Assad has never fought [Daesh] before'… these popular arguments were, to put it mildly, empirically challenged," the Council on Foreign Relation's Max Abrahms and Cato Institute's John Glaser wrote in a December 10 Los Angeles Times column.

Similarly, regime change proponents, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, wrote in an October 2014 column for the Wall Street Journal that airstrikes and other military actions "are beginning to degrade the terror group, known as ISIS [Daesh], but will not destroy it, for one reason above all: The administration still has no effective policy to remove Bashar al-Assad from power and end the conflict in Syria."

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you naughty naughty little boys...

The US is ready to “take names” of its critics, America’s ambassador to the UN has warned, ahead of a GA session to debate Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move its embassy there.


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Nikki Haley offered up her latest reminder that she’s not a good diplomat:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned the international body on Tuesday that the U.S. “will be taking names” when the U.N. General Assembly votes this week on a resolution urging the Trump administration to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more,” Haley wrote on Twitter. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”

Haley’s petty, threatening remarks compound the embarrassment of the U.S. veto she cast earlier this week. Having lost the Security Council vote 14-1, an effective diplomat would at least be seeking to conciliate and appeal to governments that might be willing to abstain instead of voting against the U.S. position. A smart one would be recommending that the president rethink his position. Instead, Haley directly challenges every member of the U.N. and makes an implicit threat that they will pay a penalty if they don’t vote as the U.S. wants. That will make it very easy for Haley to keep track of the names of all governments that vote against the administration’s position, since it will be almost every single member state.


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a spanking behind the scene...

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote to pass a United Nations General Assembly resolution seeking to rescind his historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters.

After the U.S. on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution seeking to reaffirm Jerusalem’s status as unresolved, the Palestinians asked Arab and Muslim nations take a similar draft to the 193-member UN General Assembly for a nonbinding but symbolic vote to take place at a rare emergency special session on Thursday. Turkey and Yemen are sponsors of the draft.

In a letter to dozens of member states, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that “the president and the U.S. take this vote personally.”

The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue,” she wrote.

The president’s announcement does not affect final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem,” Haley added. “The president also made sure to support the status quo of Jerusalem’s holy sites.

On Twitter, Haley warned that the U.S. “will be taking names” of countries and their decision on the General Assembly resolution.

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only a few caved in...

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution that rejects US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after 128 member states voted in favor of the move.

Nine countries voted against the resolution and 35 countries abstained. The resolution condemns both US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as Washington's decision to move its embassy to the ancient city.

​US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said before the vote to those at the meeting that Washington, the largest contributor to the international body, will remember the voting day.

With 128 Countries Voted for UN resolution, 9 Voted against & 35 Abstained, Resolution rejecting U.S. decision in #UNGA approved despite threats to cut-off finacial support from Trump Administration. 
‘The World is Bigger than Five”

— Metin Polat (@metinpolat060) 21 декабря 2017 г.



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nikki haley is a war criminal...

Haley’s fixation on Iranian missiles continues:

Last week, the United Nations published a report with news a lot of people don’t want to hear. A panel of experts found that Iran is violating a United Nations weapons embargo — specifically, that missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia last year were made in Iran.

Haley’s preoccupation with this missile issue is out of all proportion to its importance in the ongoing war on Yemen. She refers to the massive humanitarian crisis that affects the vast majority of Yemenis, and even mentions that the coalition blockade has worsened conditions, but she doesn’t consider that situation to be the urgent one that demands an international response. Of course, she represents the government that has helped to make Yemen’s humanitarian crisis possible through its unflagging support for the coalition intervention, so she waxes indignant about missiles while U.S.-refueled coalition planes routinely kill civilians. If readers were relying on Haley to inform them about coalition crimes in Yemen, they would never know that they happened.

It speaks volumes about the administration’s absurd Iran obsession that the alleged Iranian violation of an embargo warrants U.S. scrutiny and condemnation while Haley ignores the far more numerous and egregious violations of international law by the Saudis and their allies over the last three years. Haley says that the alleged Iranian missiles have “come close to hitting civilian targets,” but she has nothing to say about the hundreds and hundreds of coalition attacks that have hit civilian targets through both indiscriminate and deliberate bombing. Her comments on the humanitarian crisis are made in passing. She doesn’t say anything about the more than eight million people being starved by the coalition blockade with U.S. backing, and she never mentions the record-setting cholera epidemic that flourished in the conditions created by the coalition’s war and blockade. Just as it was last fall, her real concern is to get more punitive measures enacted against Iran and to distract attention from the culpability of the coalition and its patrons for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Nikki Haley is a war criminal, alonside Bush, Obama and Trump... When will our mendicant miserable malignant mediocre mass media de mierda start to realise that these bad monkeys shoud be exposed... EXPOSED !

soon to be fired?....

Nikki Haley, the fiery US ambassador to the United Nations, seems to have crossed swords with her boss in the White House. President Trump is said to have taken to shouting at the TV whenever he sees her making statements.

Last weekend, the spat flew spectacularly into the open when Trump undercut Haley over her claims that the White House was about to impose new sanctions on Russia. Trump's blood pressure reportedly surged with rage at her apparent uppityness to make up policy on the hoof.

Next day, the Trump administration pointedly announced it was holding off on new sanctions against Moscow. Haley was embarrassingly left hanging out to dry. A senior Trump aide told US media that the UN ambassador had gotten "confused". Haley then hit back at the slight, saying she "doesn't get confused".

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There seems little doubt that the former South Carolina governor who was once such a rising star in Team Trump has now fallen out of favor with the president.

Such rapid reversal in fortune is par for the course for those who work for Trump. Rex Tillerson, HR McMaster, and many other senior members of his administration, have all been ditched by the president at a moment's notice, usually via his Twitter feed.

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haley goneth, replaced by inexperienced craft...

Unqualified UN Ambassador is the Perfect Weak Link

Don't be surprised if Kelly Craft's lack of experience is exactly what Bolton and Pompeo wanted for their war cabinet.

President Donald Trump’s recent choice of the relatively unknown Congressman John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence and his elevation of Kelly Craft as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—despite concerns about her inexperience—illustrates the power vacuum within Trump’s cabinet, and the opportunities this opens up for interventionists like National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The rash of remarkably unqualified and inexperienced candidates for top slots points to a presidency that values personal loyalty to Donald Trump above the ability to govern effectively. This atmosphere favors those with Washington insider status and the policy goals to bring it to fruition, say defense analysts who spoke to TAC. 

Trump’s recent picks “fit the pattern of the eroding of competence which is particularly happening in the national security apparatus,” said Trita Parsi, associate professor at Georgetown University, in an interview with TAC. These are “clearly people that are just willing to go along with whatever the political agenda is.”

Unfortunately, that agenda may be wielded now by the most experienced, and powerful senior officials left standing—Bolton and Pompeo, whose aggressive foreign policies  sometimes clash with their president’s.

“My view on this is that any appointment on Trump’s foreign policy staff after the ascent of Bolton will reflect Bolton’s will,” said Mark Perry, TAC senior writer and author of The Pentagon’s Wars. “Which is to say: if Kelly Craft meets with Bolton’s approval, it’s because he views her as weak.”

Almost everyone else who originally held a senior national security job has now left the Trump administration, including the defense secretary, national security adviser, attorney general, FBI director, secretary of state, White House chief of staff, secretary of Homeland Security, and director of the Secret Service.

This week, the Senate confirmed multi-million dollar Republican donor Kelly Craft to replace Nikki Halley, who left her post as ambassador to the United Nations at the end of 2018. Craft was mostly absent from her previous position as Trump-appointed ambassador to Canada. Before that she was appointed delegate to the UN by President George W. Bush, and headed her own business advisory firm in Kentucky. That is where her resume seems to end. She has no other government or foreign policy background, academic or professional, to speak of. She makes her one of the least experienced people to ever hold the post.


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back to the political circus?...

“End of her career,” a former senior administration official told me Friday morning.

The news: Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador and erstwhile favorite for the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, had resigned from the board of Boeing, an enormous employer in her native South Carolina. The rationale: fiduciary opposition to the government stimulus spearheaded by the administration she once served. 

“I cannot support a move to lean on the federal government for a stimulus or bailout that prioritizes our company over others and relies on taxpayers to guarantee our financial position,” said Haley in a letter to the corporate behemoth’s CEO, board chairman and her former colleagues. 

If this maneuver represents the terminus of her career, that appears to be news to Haley, whose notification to Boeing reads more political than principled. 

The debt-ridden rising star took the cushy seat after departing the American executive branch in autumn 2018. It was a bargain with the future. 


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