Friday, March 17, 2006

Boltin'

Anne Bayefsky says The U.S. capitulates on the Human Rights Council.

"The U.S. had an opportunity to make an important statement about the terrible failures of the current Human Rights Commission and the inevitable detrimental consequences for human rights that would result from the new council. Instead, Rice told Ambassador John Bolton to vote no, and then advised Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns to explain to the U.N. General Assembly president and the rest of the world that this vote meant nothing.

To Secretary Rice and Nicholas Burns , this may look like the best of both worlds. A no vote allows them to say "I told you so" if it goes badly. A refusal to vote against the budget, and letting it be known in advance that U.S. support will continue, avoids criticisms that the U.S. prevented its success.

But the message Secretary Rice has sent is that the U.S. bark is worse than its bite. Vote against the U.S. in the U.N. General Assembly, and there will be no consequences to bear. Stand opposite the U.S. on matters of fundamental principle and U.S. taxpayers will continue to fund your cause." Rest here

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