Syria Gloats Over US Failure at the UN

posted at 3:01 pm on April 28, 2011 by John Sexton

In the past week, Syria’s Bashar Assad has sent tanks into the streets and ordered his troops to fire into groups of unarmed protesters. Estimates by human rights groups are that over 450 people have died so far and that number is expected to climb as the protesters show no immediate signs of giving up.

With the US occupied protecting civilians in Libya, the best we can do for the Syrian people right now is beg the UN to issue an international condemnation. Yesterday, even those meager efforts proved futile:

In coordinated moves, France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain yesterday called on the Syrian envoys in their capitals to condemn the crackdown that has led to hundreds of deaths.

In New York, China and Russia yesterday led opposition that blocked an initiative by the U.S. and its European allies for the UN Security Council to condemn the Syrian government’s attacks on peaceful protesters.

So it appears our improved international standing courtesy of President Obama isn’t really helping us all that much. The Syrian representative to the UN was quick to gloat over our failure:

The EU is now considering economic sanctions apart from the UN. Meanwhile, Britain has taken decisive, unilateral action against the rogue regime:

Britain has withdrawn the royal wedding invitation to Syria, with the support of Buckingham Palace, after a violent crackdown against pro-democracy supporters, a Foreign Office spokesman said on Thursday.

The invitation was rescinded on the eve of Friday’s wedding between Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, following criticism from opposition politicians and human rights groups.

No word on whether Senator Lindsey Graham, who is advocating a “softer line” in Syria, is okay with this.


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The Europeans will give Syria’s Bashar Assad the Peace Nobel.

Why not?

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Obviously we need to make Assad a reset button.

KeepOhioRed on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

The Syrian representative to the UN was quick to gloat over our failure

Name one people who are free due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

UN=irrelevant & worthless.
Dear Congress:
Please stop sending our money to this corrupt organization.
Sincerely,
A Taxpayer

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

This isn’t going to help Michelle’s kids.

fossten on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

The Obama admin. is not for freedom and democracy.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Syria has no oil and freeing them would cut off the paths of Hezbollah to Israel.

Obama is not Isreal’s friend. He just wants their financial and voter support. Open yer eyes.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Time to drop out of the UN….

Send them packing out of NYC and to Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Iran, N. Korea, et. al…

Turn the building into office space…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Where have all the good men gone, John Bolton.

The Syrian representative can go Midnight at the oasis
Sing your camel to bed

Kini on April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

“The Syrian representative to the UN was quick to gloat over our failure…”

Another failure that has Obowma’s stink all over it…

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Remind me again why we pay for this crap? Oh yeah, so all the leftists, including Obama, can play footsie with all the dictators of the world. The left would love to roll tanks against their enemy, Al Queda American citizens who don’t want to pay for their utopia.

txhsmom on April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Turn the building into office homeless space…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Obama s/b fired in 2012 for incompetence.

He will make Carter look Einsteinian.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

What’s up with Russia and China’s infatuation with killing people?

vapig on April 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

What’s up with Russia and China’s infatuation with killing people?

vapig on April 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Birds of a feather.

the_nile on April 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

What’s up with Russia and China’s infatuation with killing people?

vapig on April 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

They’re good at it. In China they even bring the execution buses to your home. Now, that’s the ultimate ‘customer service’.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Remind me again why we pay for this crap? Oh yeah, so all the leftists, including Obama, can play footsie with all the dictators of the world.

txhsmom on April 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Does it look like this?

fossten on April 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I don’t blame them, I would gloat also…Obama finally is an impotent person…

right2bright on April 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

It’s long past time to quit the Unlimited Nonsense & form a League of Democracies to take its place.

itsnotaboutme on April 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Name one people who are free due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

OUCH. Good grief. Think you took his arm off with that one.

MadisonConservative on April 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Thanks Baracky

clnurnberg on April 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

What’s up with Russia and China’s infatuation with killing people?

vapig on April 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

How could they slam Syria for killing hundreds of their own when Russia & China have killed many millions of their own?

itsnotaboutme on April 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Don’t worry. We have Superman who’ll fix things for us now.

danking70 on April 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Everybody needs to be nice to Syria because they don’t want to upset the “peace process”, i.e., f*cking Israel over by forcing her to return the Golan Heights to Assad’s murderous regime.

ProfessorMiao on April 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I thought we were intervening in Libya at the moment, and not doing anything we actually should be doing there. Isn’t one country every six months enough?

The Syrian government is bad. They are very bad!

They were bad when the Arabs ruled in the middle ages. They were bad when the Seljuks took over. They were bad under the Ottoman Turks. They are still bad.

There isn’t going to be an Arab Spring, nor a Muslim reformation.

They are not going to suddenly start respecting human rights no matter what government comes to power.

sharrukin on April 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

“They’re good at it. In China they even bring the execution buses to your home. Now, that’s the ultimate ‘customer service”

Yeah but they charge the family for the cost of the ammo they put into the back of your head.

xkaydet65 on April 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Name one people who are free due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

/thread

Schadenfreude could retire on that one. Sliced and diced.

fossten on April 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Syria is standing uncontested for the seat on the UN Human Rights Council vacated when Libya was tossed out for doing exactly what Syria is doing now.

The UN exists in an alternate dimension where up is sideways.

ProfessorMiao on April 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Time to drop out of the UN….

Send them packing out of NYC and to Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Iran, N. Korea, et. al…

Turn the building into office space…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

It’s too filthy to ever be productively used by even the lowliest American. Create jobs by knocking it down and make the greenies happy by making it into a park or something. Or maybe a victory garden…

Big John on April 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Man, I’ll bet the UN buildings would rent for a good buck! Why not have China host the New, Improved UN that they buy and pay for: practical results for the US, exactly the same.

littleguy on April 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Patreaus as CIA director. Panetta to SecDef. On Fox now.

csdeven on April 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

We have a president that is bullying the people of the U.S. by demanding political outtings in exchange for govt. contracts, and corporations for creating jobs in right to work states.

Do we really believe he’s passionate about human rights? I truly believe that if he’s allowed to get away with what he’s doing now, it’s only a matter of time, before he becomes like another Bashar Assad.

capejasmine on April 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

We are starting to get to know this President a little better, and his chief besetting fault is increasingly clear: the President falls between stools. He is a man of half measures, a man who spends so much money hedging his bets that he loses even when he wins.

Time and again the President angers one side without conciliating the other. His public demand that Israel agree to a complete settlement freeze as a condition for peace talks alienated Israelis (and not just supporters of Prime Minister Netanyahu); his subsequent back peddling humiliated and angered the Palestinians. He pleased no one, fumbled what he had once proclaimed a crucial priority of his administration, and is left with reduced influence with both sides.

He falls between “two stools” already, sh*t and caca.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Patreaus as CIA director. Panetta to SecDef. On Fox now.

csdeven on April 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

1. Panetta is an idiot but will cut Defense, no more.

2. Obama gets Petraeus out of the way for 2012.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM

It’s too filthy to ever be productively used by even the lowliest American. Create jobs by knocking it down and make the greenies happy by making it into a park or something. Or maybe a victory garden…

Big John on April 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Your’re right…what the hell was I thinking…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Have I missed something – did the Fat Lady sing already?

Gloat now but what do they think the C.I.A. and the rest of our intelligence agencies have planned for them? Arab Spring, Persian Spring…Spring is busting out all over in the Middle East.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

How could they slam Syria for killing hundreds of their own when Russia & China have killed many millions of their own?

itsnotaboutme on April 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

You know the saying “one’s a tragedy, millions are stats”.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I think we could probably cut some of the defense budget, not the stuff Panetta will cut though. Wasn’t Bush senior the CIA director at one time?

csdeven on April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Gloat now but what do they think the C.I.A. and the rest of our intelligence agencies have planned for them? Arab Spring, Persian Spring…Spring is busting out all over in the Middle East.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The Arab ‘spring’ is all icicles.

If they impeach Ahmi, it’s just to put a stronger muzzie in charge. He is just their weak puppet, good for propaganda and to be manipulated.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I think we could probably cut some of the defense budget, not the stuff Panetta will cut though. Wasn’t Bush senior the CIA director at one time?

csdeven on April 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Panetta is a mental midget. It’s intentional that Obama puts such at Defense. He is not a CiC who cares to win wars. Heck, he doesn’t even call them wars.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I guess they don’t play a lot of Jenga in the middle east.

The predator drone program in Afghanistan and extended to Yemen and Libya “Whack A Mole” The Terrorist sticks their heads up, and the C.I.A. Drone program whacks em GRIN.

The Syrians are gloating over what exactly, they think it’s over? They must not understand the rules “If you don’t win you can’t go home” I am guessing our “Players” want to come home, they are motiviated.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Where is Samantha Powers on the issue? That little filly should be feelin’ her oats and frisking about, now that Fatah and Hamas are BFF. Might her reluctance to speak out against slaughter in Syria have something to do with her plans for Israel? Just askin’?

a capella on April 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

All this points out is that the United States can no longer be the world’s policeman. If indeed we were ever were. The world is too F’ed up for us to solve every problem.

SC.Charlie on April 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

The Arab ‘spring’ is all icicles.

If they impeach Ahmi, it’s just to put a stronger muzzie in charge. He is just their weak puppet, good for propaganda and to be manipulated.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

September 11, 2001 – USA: Game On. The Game isn’t over yet.

I see the impeachment of Imadinerjacket as a sign of domestic strain it’s so unfortunate they don’t trust each other LOL!

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Where is Samantha Powers on the issue? That little filly should be feelin’ her oats and frisking about, now that Fatah and Hamas are BFF. Might her reluctance to speak out against slaughter in Syria have something to do with her plans for Israel? Just askin’?

a capella on April 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

They are getting together because their “financiers” are in trouble, it’s difficult to jihad without the dinars. These two groups hate each other, the only thing that would make them get together is an external threat, without the usual supporters to back them up so they are improvising – this isn’t the move of a confident opposition. Let’s face it the usual suspects have their hands full…public unrest and all the spiking in the oil market is effecting global inflation because the dollar is the global currency which raise food prices, that cause more unrest. Oil and $$$ it’s like they are choking on their own product the more it spikes the more food prices go up the more the unrest gets worse. Viewing what’s happening to all the old dictatorships in the Middle East, It’s like watching a snake eats tail.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM

All this points out is that the United States can no longer be the world’s policeman. If indeed we were ever were. The world is too F’ed up for us to solve every problem.

SC.Charlie on April 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I agree.
Contain the idiocy & violence best as we can.
Meanwhile: stop giving aid to people who hate us.
I’m not advocating pulling out of everywhere & everything.
Bcs maintaining a presence in some places is still strategically necessary I am sure.
But come on. Do we really need to do anything in places like Lybia?

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Correction “Watching A Snake Eat It’s Tail”

American’s Love To Play Games.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Since China is in the middle of its harshest crackdown on independent thought in two decades, I thought that on this visit I might write about a woman named Cheng Jianping who is imprisoned for tweeting.

Ms. Cheng was arrested on what was supposed to have been her wedding day last fall for sending a single sarcastic Twitter message that included the words “charge, angry youth.” The government, lacking a sense of humor, sentenced her to a year in labor camp.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Obama is an absolute dolt, but because of the parasitic dependency in this nanny nation he’ll probably be reelected. Too bad we can’t snatch up our Constitution and restart the Republic on a new, uncontaminated land mass.

rplat on April 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

But come on. Do we really need to do anything in places like Lybia?

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM

No but The UK is #3 holder of our Debt. Libya is in the UK’s national interest because they buy Libyan Oil. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that our National Debt was beginning to effect our National Security. Tim Geithner wants to raise the debt ceiling 2 Trillion Dollars. Who does he want to buy that debt? We can’t pi$$ off our BIG creditors so yeah we need to shrink our debt big time. China #1 39% of our National Debt, followed by Japan, and then United Kingdom. I really don’t think there is any country that wants to buy our debt or are in any great economical shape to buy it as a favor. The good news for being in lousy economical shape we are doing still doing better than other countries cause we own the printing presses.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Meh. The Syrians don’t want Democracy. They want Theocracy.

ronsfi on April 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

“…called on the Syrian envoys in their capitals to condemn the crackdown that has led to hundreds of deaths.”

Oh yeah, like THAT’S gonna happen. All these guys have a well-developed sense of self-preservation and are unlikely candidates for diving in front of the firing squad.

mojo on April 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

And if those Games don’t work, we always have a back up plan.

Syria thinks we need UN security resolutions, we don’t need no stinkin UN security resolutions to create a glass factory in their front and backyard. We always have an ace in the hole.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Someone needs a timeout, Syria!

Akzed on April 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

GET US OUT OF THE U.N.! We are financing the destruction of the sane world by pretending that all countries are equal.

disa on April 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I just want to know what in the world is the matter with Gen. Petraeus. I’d resign my commission and move to a cave before I would become a lackey in the Obama administration.

sandspur on April 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Bashar Assad should be found dead in bed with several empty bottle of wine, and a drunk sow.

Slowburn on April 28, 2011 at 5:37 PM

So, neither Barack HUSSEIN Obama nor an envoy from Syria is going to the big bash in Britain. Hmmm, what company he keeps.

madmonkphotog on April 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Ahh I fear G. Washing was quite right in his fears about entanglements.
What a stupid web of entanglements.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Name one people who are free due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I believe he has freed approximately 60 people from Guantanamo…

Over50 on April 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

UN = expensive joke.

Kissmygrits on April 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Name one people who are free due to Obama (don’t name the Black Panthers – I know about them already).

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Comment of the Day Year, at least.

hillbillyjim on April 28, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Just get the hell out of the u.n..

BallisticBob on April 28, 2011 at 8:10 PM

China and Russia vs the US.

Don’t they know that Obama is on their side?

percysunshine on April 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Ahh I fear G. Washing was quite right in his fears about entanglements.
What a stupid web of entanglements.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Yep father knows best ;) On the up side if we go down, we take all those gloaters down with us LOL! “If we go down we are going down swinging”

Patreaus to the Head the C.I.A. looks like he wants to get his hands directly on the joy stick – I bet he’s got more fun and games planned.

Dr Evil on April 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Remind me again why the US is borrowing money from China to pay to the UN?

AZfederalist on April 28, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Where is your “Responsibility to Protect”, now, miz Samatha Powers?

LarryD on April 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM