Nikki Haley and the Syrian crisis

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I was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump in South Carolina, and I remain so. However, it is strange to witness the increasing prominence of Lindsey Graham, who declared during the election that he would rather, "vote for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump." The same goes for Nikki Haley, who worked hand in glove with Hillary Clinton's State Department to bring unvetted, predominantly male, Muslim refugees from Syria into South Carolina. Donald Trump was number one in her "basket of deplorables."

Haley, whose sense of narcissism and political opportunism would make Hillary blush, has recently directed her incendiary rhetoric against the Russians and Assad at the UN following Syria's chemical gas attacks. Yet, in the words of distinguished MIT professor of science, technology, and national security policy, Theodore A. Postol, "what the country is now being told by the White House [of the airborne attack] cannot be true, and the fact that this information has been provided in this format raises the most serious questions about the handling of our national security." President Trump himself has repeatedly cast doubt on the accuracy and truthfulness of our national intelligence agencies, but Haley now hoists the neoconservative banner of never-ending war for never-ending peace.

Matthew 5:9 states, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God;" Exploiting, and thus perpetuating, conflict, Haley has no qualms about utilizing tragedies to perspicaciously promote her political advancement.

RICHARD T. HINES

Mayesville