Published September 05, 2013
The left leaning NGO, Center for American Progress, has announced that U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will be in Washington tomorrow to speak to them about Syria.
Will the Russians be there, too?
Why would Power leave New York and stop negotiating with the Russians on a U.N. Syria resolution at this crucial stage?
Power has already skipped the emergency U.N. meeting on Syria after being on the job for only 19 days because she was on vacation in Ireland to attend the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival.
Leaving New York and the U.N. at this critical phase in the negotiations process sends a terrible message to our friends and allies.
What Power is too naïve to realize is that speaking to liberal intellectuals in Washington instead of working the Russians is no way to get a resolution.
From my personal experience, the Russians always say they aren’t willing to support a U.S. priority.
The Russians told us that for years during the Bush administration – right before they voted five times for an Iran resolution they claimed to be against.
Power is too new to understand the Russians' game. She needs to stay in New York and do her job. She also needs back up at the U.N. – and quick.