It should not come as a surprise to anyone that the United Nations, the same international organization that just voted seven countries with despicable human rights records to their “Human Rights Council,” has also voted to condemn the U.S. embargo against the Castro dictatorship. This annual exercise in futility by the UN has become a running joke of sorts (albeit not a very funny one), where tyrants are defended and the noble quest for freedom and liberty is at best ignored, at worst ridiculed.
This year, however, the joke vote had a followup act by the objective (ahem) American press. This hilarious exchange between a reporter and State Department spokesperson Mark Toner took place yesterday at a daily State Department briefing:
QUESTION: Earlier today, the UN General Assembly, as it has every year for the past several decades, voted overwhelmingly to condemn the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The vote, I’m sure you’re aware of it, was 188-3. You and Israel and Palau voted against, as the same that’s it been for the last several decades. My question is this: When are you guys going to realize that the rest of the world thinks that this is a really crappy policy?
MR. TONER: Matt, your opinion to the contrary, we are —
QUESTION: Not my opinion. It’s the rest of the world. You’re always talking about the international community. The international community has spoken here, yet again.
MR. TONER: Our policy remains in place.
Read the entire comedy routine at Capitol Hill Cubans.