They used to say in the George W. Bush years that if you cast a veto at the U.N. Security Council you could go home, because you weren’t going to do anything remotely as constructive—or rewarding—that week. Indeed, U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations have a proud history of demonstrating our powerful repugnance for the Third-World-Non-Aligned-Movement anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and anti-Americanism that seeped from the U.N.’s walls during the Cold War like sweat from the brow of a Patrice Lumumba University agronomy graduate, and pervades the One-Worldish-Oppressed-Peoples-Euro-Surrender air there to this day.
Which perhaps explains why Mr. Obama, whose distaste for the unilateral, muscular, internationalist American veto is no secret—viz. the venomous explanation by Ambassador Susan Rice of her last (and first) vote against a resolution attacking Israel—has his secretary of state “scrambling” desperately to avoid having to exercise it next week, when Mahmoud Abbas, the “president” of Arab-occupied Judea and Samaria, will likely come calling at the Security Council to demand a resolution seating “Palestine” at the table of nations, and, though he represents nobody but a collection of aging PLO terrorists, he will likely get it, especially now he’s got the backing of his new best friend, the Arab-leader-wannabe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
But if he does? So What? We’re Americans, Mr. Obama, and you’re our president, whether we—and you—like it or not. Show our closest ally in the great war we’re waging against Islamofascism that you know who our friends are, that you’re capable of honoring them—and us—more than your usual sensitive recoiling at even the tiniest little whiff of jingoistic cowboyism would suggest. Stand up, man, and veto!