A little bit of irony occurred at a UN meeting, when US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power was completely disrespected by Putin’s representatives at the UN. After a vote where Russia obviously went against the interests of the U.S. on the UN Security Council, Samantha Power took to yelling at her Russian counterpart. The counterpart remained seated and his aides laughed at the American representative. The complete disrespect showed by Putin and his henchmen is astounding, and rather embarrassing for US prestige abroad.
There’s an amazing picture taken a few days ago at the United Nations.
Russia had just vetoed America’s diplomatic proposal for Ukraine. So Ambassador Samantha Power, the former Harvard professor appointed by Barack Obama, who is also a former Harvard professor himself, walked over to Russia’s ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, to give him a piece of her mind.
Churkin didn’t even stand up. He just looked at her. And his aides, standing behind him, laughed.
They weren’t laughing at the ironically named Ambassador Power. They were laughing at their good luck; that they had the good fortune to get into the invading business when a feckless man like Barack Obama was in charge of the free world.
OK, maybe they were laughing at Power, too. While Vladimir Putin – former KGB agent, invader of Georgia, arms dealer to Syria and Iran, underminer of his own country’s democracy – was rolling special forces into Ukraine, Power was… tweeting. As in, she was writing little notes on Twitter. Like this one:
I missed the day at law school where self-determination was defined as Russia-determination. Russia must halt its military action.
Or this one:
Russia can veto a Security Council resolution, but it can’t veto the truth.
Is that all America can bring? That’s what Obama has deployed to counter Russian tanks – a Twitter slogan that sounds, well, like it was written by a clueless professor?
But it gets worse. Over the weekend, Obama himself got on the phone to Putin. And after the phone call, both the White House and the Kremlin published what they called a “readout” of the phone call – their version of what was said.
Obama’s version was just as pitiful as you might imagine. Obama said if Putin didn’t withdraw from Ukraine, their annexation of Crimea “would never be recognized by the United States.” That’s it. That was the big “or else”.