January 12, 2009

HE'S ALMOST FIGURED IT OUT:

The U.S. Votes 'Present' at the U.N.: Usually we stop anti-Israel resolutions. (JOHN R. BOLTON, 1/12/09, Wall Street Journal)

Last week, the United Nations Security Council adopted a British resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Resolution 1860 was a slap at Israel's self-defense, but, unusually, the United States abstained on the vote.

That's no way to lead. If Washington concluded that a harsh resolution on Gaza was warranted, the proper course was to vote for it. And that is, apparently, what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had hoped to do. Speaking to the Security Council, Ms. Rice endorsed the basic content of the British draft, saying "this resolution is a step toward our goals." She also said that the U.S. was abstaining to give Egypt's ongoing mediation efforts time to work.

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister, however, indicates that there may have been another reason. He said publicly Ms. Rice told him just before the vote that she had "been given new instructions" (certainly from President George W. Bush) not to support the draft.

In the past, both Democratic and Republican administrations reacted to one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions by vetoing them.


And were it we would have.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2009 8:41 AM
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