The words are harsh, but the passion just isn't there. What is going on??
In her first speech at the UN Trump's Ambassador Nikki Haley condemned Russia in no uncertain terms and laid the blame for recent fighting in East Ukraine squarely at Moscow's doorstep:
"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."
"We do want to better our relations with Russia. However, the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions.".
“Eastern Ukraine of course is not the only part of the country suffering because of Russia’s aggressive actions. The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea.”
Eastern Ukraine "suffers" because of Russia's "aggressive actions" which demand a "clear and strong condemnation".
These may be incendiary words, but Haley's Russian counterpart Churkin nonetheless detected a "change in tone" from the previos ambassador Samantha Power.
You will understand why if you watch the video of the actual speech:
There is no passion to Haley's condemnations. No disgust, outrage and contempt for the Russians.
Insted her delivery is business-like, and she sounds almost apologetic at times, when she qualifies the attacks by saying the US nonetheless wants better relations with Russia.
She certainly seems a huge improvement over the ideologue Power, but then almost anyone would be.
Is it Haley's prerogative to decide when Russia needs some condeming by the US (I can't imagine that to be the case) or did her bosses (Tillerson? Trump?) decide a canned condemnation of Russia is the way to go after all?