"Mr. President, representatives on this Council, this is our 24th session to try to rein in Russia’s aggressive acts in Ukraine. Every single one of those sessions has sent a straight-forward, unified message: Russia, stop this conflict. Russia is not listening.
We said it when Russia flagrantly violated international law in occupying Crimea. We said it after the shocking downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, which took the lives of innocent men, women, children, and infants from 11 countries. And we say it today, as Russia’s soldiers, tanks, air defense, and artillery support and fight alongside separatists as they open a new front in a crisis manufactured in and fueled by Russia.
But Russia is not listening.
Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the international community and the rules of the international order, at every step, Russia has come before this Council to say everything except the truth. It has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied. So we have learned to measure Russia by its actions and not by its words.
In the last 48 hours, Russia’s actions have spoken volumes." Samantha Power
I now have a full length video of Sam's performance before the Security Council on the 28th, and here we also have the transcript from her debating club routine. Her style continues to remind of many I have known who never escaped the memory of always having been the smartest kid in class. In this particular exhibition she mugs for the cameras and the crowd, grins smilingly and condescendingly while the Russian ambassador responds and then reads her responce with the assurance of someone running for senior class president. These remarks are filled with the self-righteous content of someone whose feels her opponents must be crushed for lack of purity in their behavior and lack of compliance with the one-world idealogy that has always characterised her. She and the rest of the Obama crew are filled with the belief that the old world of national interests has passed away and that now "The Peaceable Kingdom" actually exists in a world order supervised by male and female super-nannies, most of whom happen to be American as she is (recently). The possession by Russia of far more than the megatonnage needed to reduce the US to cinders means nothing to her because she is certain she will prevail for her heart is pure.
And then we have Josh Earnest, another Child Crusader, manfully (or maybe metrosexually) trying to defend Obama's chilly devotion to forthright speech (always a difficut thing in a "politician").
IMO both of these young people have been appointed to positions in which a precocious publishing life has been misinterpreted as somethng more than a skill in self-promotion and apparent adoration of the mighty.
That would be amusing were it not true that their post-adolescent group-think now imperils the civilized world.