Leave it to the Obama administration to raise the white flag even before the battle is joined.
UN Ambassador Samantha Power Wednesday testified to Congress that should the Palestinian Authority be accepted as a nation-member of UN agencies – it hasn’t applied but it might – the United States should break its commitment to defund any UN outfit that recognizes Palestine as a state.
Because, because, because . . . we’re just hurting ourselves, you see, because we’ll be thrown out of the agencies for not paying up. This is exactly what happened when the Palestinians joined UNESCO a few years ago.
Oh, and the world kept turning.
She wants Congress to waive the law.
In the event that the Palestinians seek and obtain membership in a U.N. agency, the last thing that we want to do is to give them a double win. And it would be a double win for them to secure a win in an agency on the one hand, and then the exclusion of the United States from that very agency, leaving the agency at the mercy of leadership from Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela – the countries that tend to fill the space when we depart . . .
The American people and the United States are so much better off when the United States is in good standing within these organizations, defending our interests, fighting for our friends, and not surrendering the playing field to those that would like nothing more than for the United States not to be in these organizations.
What people like Samantha Power don’t understand – a group of people that includes the president of the United States who appointed her – is that spinelessness has its own dynamic.
When the jackals who roam the earth – many such jackals run very powerful countries, BTW – see weakness, they begin to salivate. They decide it’s okay to turn the world order upside down, to ignore the United States, Paper Tiger that it’s becoming, and pursue their own reckless, vicious course of action.
That’s why Iran will soon have a nuclear weapon. That’s why China is threatening our Asian allies. That’s why Syria has become a training ground for a new generation of terrorists, why Iraq is incurring unprecedented violence and the revival of al Qaeda in Iraq, why the Taliban awaits its opportunity, and why there is fear in Europe.
Because everyone knows Samantha Power and her boss will stand down when challenged, because they see them standing down all the time.
Ms. Power doesn’t get that small capitulations on principle to gain a short-term “practical” advantage are signals sent out that will eventually come back and bite her in the ass.
People know that when you have no principles, you have no backbone. Our enemies have principles. They’re bad principles, but they are principles. And they’re willing to die even to make a small point.
H/T CNS News.