Indian-Americans are successful because they are good at being Americans, says Nikki Haley

The new book "With All Due Respect" by former ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley is displayed on a shelf at Books Inc. on November 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In her new book, ‘With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace,’ which was released on Nov. 12, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recounts how President Trump was outraged when she informed him that Pakistan — one of the largest beneficiaries of American military and economic largesse — not only voted against U.S. at the UN, but also harbored terrorists, “who try to kill American soldiers.”

Haley wrote that during the outset of her tenure at the UN, “My staff in New York compiled the date on how often countries voted with us at the UN compared to how much foreign aid we sent them.”

While acknowledging that “how a country votes at the UN shouldn’t be the only factor in our foreign aid decisions,” she argued, “it should certainly be one factor, and the disparity we found was shocking.”

Haley said, “We give Pakistan more aid than all but a handful of countries. In 2017 the United States gave their military almost $1 billion in aid.”

But she pointed out that “Pakistan opposes us at the UN a full 76 percent of the time. What's worse, Pakistan harbors terrorists who go out and try to kill our American soldiers.”

Haley said that when she “brought these findings and others to President Trump, he was outraged,” and that “soon after, he asked Congress to pass legislation ensuring that U.S. foreign aid only goes to promote U.S. interests and U.S. friends.”

She said, “Humanitarian assistance will always be a priority for the United States. We will always be generous when it comes to saving lives and alleviating suffering.That's who we are as people.”

“But we should not be the country of mindless handouts. Our focus should be on helping countries that want our help trying to stand on their own two feet, moving from humanitarian assistance to self-reliance.”

Haley said, “The worst of all possible outcomes is to create permanent reliance on our generosity while bringing countries no closer to supporting our interests.”

She also spoke of how during her two years as U.S. ambassador to the UN. took her to places where values of human rights and freedom of expression, religion and press does not exist, even as an ideal.

“There is no freedom of speech to appeal to for Venezuelans or Cubans. There was no freedom of religion in Pakistan to protect Asia Bibi when she faced death for the crime of being a Christian,” she said, and added, “There is no equal justice under the law for the Uighurs in China, the Rohingya in Burma, or the Yezidis in Syria.”

Thus, Haley argued, “We don't need a different America. All of us need to show less entitlement and more gratitude for the universal principles that have made our nation great and will make it greater in the future.”

Meanwhile, writing about “the difference between the threat posed by free versus unfree governments,” she said, a good example were India and China, “two of the largest- and fastest-growing economies in the world.”

Haley said, “The United States is committed to seeing that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, because it would be catastrophic for the world.”

But in contrasting Iran with India, she pointed out that “India is a nuclear power and nobody gives it a second thought. Why? Because India is a democracy and threaten no one.”

“The United States has a partnership with India that is strong and getting stronger. Our partnership is strategic. Both countries have been the victims of terrorism. We share a commitment to defeating terrorists and the hateful ideology that motivates them,” Haley said.

The also said, “We share a commitment to stopping Afghanistan and Pakistan from giving safe harbor to terrorists, like they did before September 11, 2001.”

But Haley said, “Most important, our partnership is based on shared principles. Our two countries share a belief in democracy, hard work, family, and achievement. Indian Americans have been very successful in the United States.

We are the minority group that is the most educated, has the highest per-capita income, and, most important, is one of the most charitable in America.”

“There are a number of reasons for Indian Americans’ success in the United States. But mostly, we're just good at being Americans. And that says as much about America as it does about us,” she added.

Contrasting what she said was “our growing partnership with India with the greatest foreign threat the United States faces today: China,” Haley noted, "China is working strategically to spread its financial and military presence across the globe-and not in a good way. China steals intellectual property. It helps North Korea cheat on sanctions.”

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