While the U.S. delegation to the United Nations did nothing to block the election of Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, they did stand up to the angry oligarch today:
The U.S. delegation walked out of a United Nations conference on nuclear nonproliferation during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in which he asserted Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes and slammed Western powers, especially the U.S., for allowing Israel to maintain undeclared nuclear weapons. . . .
The U.S. delegation filed out of their seats in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly a little less than halfway through Ahmadinejad’s 35-minute speech. The French were missing altogether from the opening session of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. There were also protests outside the U.N. against Ahmadinejad’s presence there.
Given that “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to take the podium later in the afternoon”, she’s likely at the United Nations right now. I wonder if she lead the American exodus from the conference.
In any case, whoever is responsible for the walkout deserves our heart-felt appreciation. And kudos to the Administration for countenancing such an action. No American sit silently while the Iranian hegemon launches into an angry outburst against nations, unlike his, committed to freedom and opposed to aggression and oppression.