Oh, no! A weakly-worded memo from the Security Council!

posted at 9:31 am on April 13, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We laughed in Team America when Hans Blix threatened Kim Jong-Il with a strongly-worded memo, but who knew then that life would not just imitate satire, but satirize satire? Susan Rice tried to spin an agreement with the UN Security Council to kinda-sorta-maybe condemn North Korea’s launch of a Taepodong-2 missile eight days after Kim shot it over Japan as a show of strength, but not even the BBC is buying that line:

Key UN countries have agreed a draft statement condemning North Korea’s rocket launch, diplomats say.

The text, agreed by the Security Council’s five permanent members and Japan, said that the launch had contravened a UN resolution.

The statement is considered a weaker response than the resolution initially sought by Japan and the US.

So where’s the “strong message” Rice promises?

Japan and the US did not get the resolution they sought – but they did get a consensus that the launch violated resolution 1718, something China and Russia had initially been reluctant to set out.

Let’s put this in perspective, shall we? The big victory Rice proclaims is that the UNSC will finally acknowledge that Kim broke one of their own resolutions. Wow. That ought to really shake Kim to his core! Maybe in a month, we can get the UNSC to actually say that breaking resolutions is a bad thing.

Rice can sell this as a victory for the Obama administration, but all they’ve done is demonstrate the uselessness of the UN to maintain security at all. It takes almost an act of God to get the UN to admit that a member nation broke the rules? It takes eight days just to schedule a vote — which still may not pass — to get the Security Council to defend its own resolutions? Who knew that the Obama administration would make Hans Blix look like a pillar of strength?


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The fat midget Elvis-impersonating thug in green pajamas Kim Dung Hill will surely resign & take up gardening now!

jgapinoy on April 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM

don’t worry be happy and trust the tyrants! For Gods sake you should read Roger Cohen in the Times this morning. Its clearly the work of an unbalanced mind.

rob verdi on April 13, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Why do we still call it DPRK? It is not democratic, it’s not a republic, & it’s not of the people.

jgapinoy on April 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The new first puppy is leaving stronger statements on the White House lawn.

Loxodonta on April 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Jimmy Carter will scoff at this show of comparative weakness and start telling stories about how tough they were back in his day.

Rice is, like her boss, the Clown We Have Been Waiting For. And the three representative faces of the United States to all foreigners are Obambi, Clinton, and this nitwit. Four years ago it was Bush, Bolton, and Powell.

“Smart Power”

Jaibones on April 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Aw…H’s so ronrey.

Sarjex on April 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM

That’s a bold statement.

Mr. D on April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

The love scene in Team America was creepy! LOL

xler8bmw on April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Loxodonta on April 13, 2009 at 9:39 AM

So true. And he is getting more attention than anything.

becki51758 on April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Team Amrikka ,World Appease.

the_nile on April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Oh boy. I know Kim is scared now. Don’t you just love Obama’s Foreign Policy? “Stop or we’ll say stop again.”

kingsjester on April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

We got a fund raising letter from Ron Paul the other day wanting to get rid of the UN. Nothing would make my heart sing any better than the UN off to Brussels and some expensive real estate in NYC being cleared for something useful.

BetseyRoss on April 13, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Maybe she’ll get thrown in the shark tank with the Hans Blix puppet.

kcluva on April 13, 2009 at 9:43 AM

We’re mad! You better stop!!!!

blatantblue on April 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM

“Hans Brix! Oh no!!!”

LtE126 on April 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The United Nations has long been a joke that has stopped being funny many years ago. Kim will probably issue a condemnation of the UN resolution as being an insult to “his” intelligence.

volsense on April 13, 2009 at 9:47 AM

I hope they properly translated “tsk-tsk” in Korean.

sherry on April 13, 2009 at 9:48 AM

The Hutus know very well how good this evil bint is at appeasement.

Hey Susan, there are some Tutsis that would like a word with you.

PimFortuynsGhost on April 13, 2009 at 9:50 AM

get US out of the UN.

kelley in virginia on April 13, 2009 at 9:51 AM

STOP! Or we will be forced to tell you to stop.

How scary is it that we’re considering giving more authority to the UN and other international bodies?

hawksruleva on April 13, 2009 at 9:51 AM

and i bet the UN will be soooo helpful with the pirate clean-up in Somalia. oh, yeah, they’ve been working on that.

kelley in virginia on April 13, 2009 at 9:52 AM

So…this is the talented and eminent Dr. Rice of the Obama Administration?

She makes Carter’s Warren Christopher look like an international affairs genius in comparison.

When you try to reach consensus with 180 nations, each with their own agenda, and their own national security needs and desires…you get several volumes of paper stuffed with nothing but politely worded fluff…

Leadership…WE as a nation must do what is in OUR best interests first…

The rest can follow…or at least get out of the way.

If they chose not to get out of the way…that’s their problem in the long run.

The world responds well to the strong horse…it smirks and titters at the weak horse.

coldwarrior on April 13, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Why didn’t Rice just start the rumor that Kim had gotten a bonus from AIG to pay for the launch? Then the union thugs pitchfork brigade could do something useful….

CC

CapedConservative on April 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Can’t we give the UN an eviction notice?

ladyingray on April 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

My liberal friend almost had an aneurysm the other day when I mentioned the hooker sex fests UN officials go on in Las Vegas, on our dime. How DARE I say that!

They can do no wrong with liberals, folks.

amkun on April 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

The United Nations is a group of nations united for the destruction of the United States. They have no interest in the U.S. except the funding that we are forced to give to them.

thomasaur on April 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

And may I be the first to say that Susan Rice looks like a pale ghoul? A very anti-Semitic, pro-terrorist ghoul.

amkun on April 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Soooo…

This…. and at the same time they ALL want our help with the situation with Somali Pirates?

Funny how that works…

Romeo13 on April 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM

I wish we could have a national vote on our participation-funding of the UN… This would be interesting, as every Democrat in my family feels the same way I do about the UN.

Worthless waste of time and money…

Keemo on April 13, 2009 at 10:01 AM

This would be the latest edition of the weekly weakly,right?

oldernwiser on April 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Does this surprise anyone? What I’m waiting for is the UN an International Community to call for the US to turn over the servicemen who murdered those poor Somali sailors.

Tommy_G on April 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Can’t we give the UN an eviction notice?

ladyingray on April 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

If that didn’t happen under the Bush administration, do you think it’ll happen under this one?

flipflop on April 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM

I think a lot of highly placed political types know full well the UN is a toothless chihuahua. The problem is that they are terrified of their own shadows and unwilling to even consider doing away with the UN or even moving that international house of turkcakes out of New York and off American soil.
Nobody wants to be the first to suggest it (who listens to Ron Paul?) seriously. They want to keep pretending the UN serves a purpose outside of their own self-aggrandizement. We could pressure political candidates to take a position on the UN but any promise to dismantle the UN would have no legs. And the politician who made the promise would assume (rightly) that the subject would be forgotten in two to six years; just in time to be reelected.
What’s more frightening than the continued existence of the the UN is the move to turn over our sovereignty to them. First, they hate us. Second, they can’t even deliver food to starving Africans. Third, they would declare our founding documents null and void and replace them with some idiotic UN declaration of whatever it takes to subjugate us (for us, the toothless chihuahua would grow some fangs). Finally, we have a president who, in his incompetence, negligence and hatred for America would be OK with that.
I will not submit.

SKYFOX on April 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Yeah, a “strongly” worded memo eight days after the missile was fired…

Way to go, UN! That’ll show ‘em!

catmman on April 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Tommy_G on April 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM

My sister’s views run along these lines – she thinks our foremost concerns should be for the families of the poor pirates.

Otis B on April 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Who knew that the Obama administration would make Hans Blix look like a pillar of strength?

We ain’t seen nuttin’ yet. Wait ’til he starts using the UN and treaties to install his domestic agenda. It’s then that we’ll see why the left loves the UN so much.

The good news: Private property won’t be abolished, and you’ll still be taxed for its ownership. But your use of it will be regulated by gubmit. You’ll own it, but using it will be a different matter.

The good news: Free speech won’t be eliminated, so long as you’re careful what you say.

petefrt on April 13, 2009 at 10:07 AM

This Rice isn’t as good as the last Rice.

unclesmrgol on April 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Kicking the UN out would require democrats to admit that another one of FDR’s initiatives was a failure – don’t hold your breath.

Right_of_Attila on April 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM

What’s cool, is that the UN will actually govern all of us eventually.

True_King on April 13, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Team America World Police had it right:

Kim Jong Il & Hans Blix

JeffinSac on April 13, 2009 at 10:24 AM

The UN is corrupt & worthless.
Rice V2.0 is worthless.
Obama is worthless.
Biden is less than worthless.
Hillary as Sec. State is a very bad joke.

This is not truly America’s finest hour. Elections do have consequences. Wake Up America. If We survive 4 years of this ultimate incompetence, it may be a miracle or just God’s will.

old trooper2 on April 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM

John Bolton for President! I can dream can’t I?…. This hopey change thing right now ain’t working, ya know.

MNDavenotPC on April 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Susan Rice’s education is based upon selective television viewing and studies with those who watched and taught the same principles elucidated in Team America.

Obama has CHANGED the Oval Office into The Office.

maverick muse on April 13, 2009 at 10:36 AM

JeffinSac

Hans Bricks, great spot.

maverick muse on April 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM

it does take an act of God. ‘man-made catastrophes’ never qualify unless Israel does it.

cpr on April 13, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Rice is a moron. Of course, that makes her very much at home in this adminstration.

Who knew that the Obama administration would make Hans Blix look like a pillar of strength?

I did. And they make him look like a genius, too.

progressoverpeace on April 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Since Obama endorses the line by line cut in funding, let’s start by cutting all funding to the UN. Convert the NYC UN Building into the new WTC, and let the UN buy its own real estate wherever and pay its own funding and have its own inept way.

Politicians saw through the whole thing with Wilson’s League. The only ones benefiting from the UN are the “dimplomates” involved. Let them pay their OWN way through life and be held accountable under the law without benefit of corrupt official immunity.

Cut our wasteful UN expenditures and hold ourselves accountable for every US tax dollar directed everywhere: TRANSPARENCY.

maverick muse on April 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM

This Rice isn’t as good as the last Rice.

unclesmrgol on April 13, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Pirated Knockoff

maverick muse on April 13, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Kim: Scissors. UN: Paper.
Kim 1, UN 0.

Steve Z on April 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Teabag the UN!

illinidriller on April 13, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Maybe in a month, we can get the UNSC to actually say that breaking resolutions is a bad thing

Careful there, Ed. Let’s not get judgmental as to whether or not breaking resolutions are “good” or “bad.” That’s just imposing one’s set of values on something. Rather, we should all get together and discuss our feelings about this, maybe over some chamomile tea, and then perhaps sing Kumbaya.

rbj on April 13, 2009 at 10:56 AM

What is this, Keystone Cops moment?

Stop! Or I’ll say stop again!

madmonkphotog on April 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Peace through weakness… Obama’s foreign policy mantra.

rogersnowden on April 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Was that draft agreement or daft agreement?

With north korea, iran, gaza, lebanon, pakistan, pirates/terrorists, thailand, mexico, etc. etc. It’s all going to hit the fan pretty soon. Anyone who counts on your own daily business as usual when it happens will find yourself in dire straights. Store up at least a few weeks food, some cash, some gold if you have financial ability (1/2 ounce coins are preferable so you won’t have to barter with larger amounts), water, if you don’t have a well, and a manual pump. Plus all those things that we take for granted; aspirin, toilet paper, bandaids, etc.

peacenprosperity on April 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Stop! Or I’ll say stop again!

madmonkphotog on April 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM

This whole incident just illustrates that there are actions which are substantial and actions which are UN-substantial.

landlines on April 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I remember when Rice kept saying the Bush foreign policy was “stupid.”

TTheoLogan on April 13, 2009 at 12:52 PM

CapedConservative on April 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Nice!

ammon_of_cs on April 13, 2009 at 1:46 PM

rah rah for Team America, World Police.

Obama is using people, they are being riled up over all sorts of minutia and nonsense, then America is bankrupt, then Israel disappeared …

tarpon on April 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM

So, only another twelve years and sixteen UN resolutions and we can invade?

Kafir on April 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM