“We Don’t Do Soft Power.”

Source: Masha Gessen in The New York Review of Books, April 17, 2017

…The president’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, who was booed and virtually laughed off the stage on Wednesday evening at the Women in the World Summit in New York’s Lincoln Center for sounding like she had just discovered that the world outside Oklahoma existed, had the screen to herself on CNN. The New York audience had outright laughed when she said, “We don’t do soft power.” Now that it was clear what she had meant, no one was laughing even as she struggled, incoherently, to express a policy that was itself incoherent: “Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria….”


3 responses to ““We Don’t Do Soft Power.”

  1. curmudgeon

    Oklahoma?? She has no significant experience beyond the borders of *South Carolina*, where she was Governor from 2011 to her appointment as US ambassador to the UN.

  2. As usual, this blog gets me googling, and I found this interesting tidbit in the NYT:
    “When Ms. Haley was about 5, she and her sister entered a Little Miss Bamberg [S.C.] pageant where, traditionally, a black queen and a white queen were crowned. The judges decided the sisters fit neither category, so they were disqualified.” Haley and her sister are daughters of Indian immigrants.

  3. Michael Gundy

    Looks like now is the time to re-visit those Dan Quayle/Sarah Palin quotes to see if Ms. Haley should join their august quotes. Be afraid, very afraid.