This clip has been makingtherounds, and simply must be seen to be believed. The background: Thanks to the power of hopenchange, the United States submitted its first-ever universal periodic review report before the UN's human rights council -- which counts China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia among its members. The US was on the clock for three hours in Geneva, a period which included a listening session wherein delegations from other UN member nations were able to offer "advice" on how the United States might improve its internal human rights policies. Dozens of delegations lined up -- some reportedly waiting overnight -- to be among the first to take cheap shots at Uncle Sam. The lowlights of the session are compiled below by Eye on the UN, and my goodness, are they ever low. Take it away Cuban, Chinese, North Korean, Egyptian, Iranian, Libyan, and Nicaraguan spokestools:
If you didn't know better, you might understandably mistake this video for a Saturday Night Live sketch spoofing the risible hypocrisy and general unseriousness of the United Nations.
Perhaps the only thing more revolting than the spectacle of one chronic human rights abuser after another scolding America for its supposed shortcomings was the passive response from the Obama administration's US delegation. State Department official Esther Brimmer pronounced herself "honored" to be present at such an august gathering. Asst. Secretary of State, Michael Posner (last heard from equating Arizona's immigration law with China's egregious human rights record) told the assembly how "proud" and "humbled" he was to be in attendance. Powerline laid into Posner for his singularly disgraceful performance:
Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner made an appearance to play his designated role demeaning the United States on behalf of the Obama administration. Posner replied "thanks to very many of the delegations for thoughtful comments and suggestions" shortly after Cuba said the U.S. blockade of Cuba was a "crime of genocide," Iran "condemned and expressed its deep concern over the situation of human rights" in the United States, and North Korea said it was "concerned by systematic widespread violations committed by the United States at home and abroad."
In closing, I present a bonus clip -- also from the UN's precious "Human Rights" Council, from earlier this month. Watch as terrorism committed by Hezbollah against Israel is applauded by council members:
We should be so pleased that our president has decided to legitimize this wonderful peace-loving institution. What a meaningful gesture this hectoring session must have been in the eyes of the all-important "international community." I hope the image of the world's greatest nation prostrating itself before a clownish merry-go-round of tyrants was sufficiently humbling for our president's tastes.