By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, February 25 – On US inauguration day on January 20 at the US Mission to the UN the photos of Obama, Biden, Kerry and Samantha Power came down. As of February 25 they have not been replaced.
But, Inner City Press can now report, the spokesperson of the US Mission has been changed. The new spokesperson and Director of Communications is Jonathan Wachtel, who has covered the UN for Fox News for some years, including for example when the UN got Inner City Press removed from Google News (and then restored), and in 2016 increased its attacks, with no response from now-gone US Deputy Permanent Representative for Management and "Reform" Isobel Coleman, despite this from the Government Accountability Project. Things can only go up for the US Mission's communications. Watch this site.
Meanwhile as elsewhere an "Alt USUN" Twitter account continues in a parallel online universe the views of Power, most recentlycalling out new Ambassador Nikki Haley for only attending three of 13 UN Security Council meetings, on Ukraine, ISIS and Israel - Palestine.
Fair enough. But how many meetings did Samantha Power attend? And after the Israel - Palestine meeting Nikki Haley took questionsat the Security Council stakeout, not pre-screened by Power's spokesman Kurtis Cooper - who remains at the US Mission, tweeting, along with many others.
In fact, Isobel Coleman who did nothing when the DC-based whistleblower protection group Government Accountability Project wrote to her about the UN's eviction of the investigative Press, here, still as of February 17 lists herself as the US representative on UN reform. Is it true?
In the UN itself, Obama and Hillary Clinton nominee Jeffrey Feltman has gotten his UN contract extended. Inner City Press first reported, from multiple sources, that Feltman sought this so that his UN pension would hit the five year vesting dateline. The UN's holdover spokesman Stephane Dujarric called Inner City Press' question, and by implication Inner City Press, "despicable." Or is that, deplorable?
Meanwhile Voice of America, which was shown under the US Freedom of Information Act to have asked the UN to throw out the investigative Press, has now asked about Jared Kushner (video via here) and asked the UK about Nikki Haley's inexperience. Like we said, an alternative universe.
Other former State Department officials like Bathsheba Crocker wring their hands about changes in foreign policy. But what did they do, when the UN killed 10,000 plus people in Haiti with cholera? They had their time to try to improve the UN, and largely failed. It's time to #MoveOn.