Bolton: Saudi Snub Is a Reminder of UN Security Council's Ineptitude

Monday, 28 Oct 2013 01:17 PM

By Joel Himelfarb

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Saudi Arabia’s stunning rejection of a U.N. Security Council seat is further proof the council is a broken institution where smaller nations have little influence and Russia and China block every attempt at action against rogue states like Iran and Syria, according to former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton.
 
It is just the latest sign, Bolton writes in The Weekly Standard, that the council is essentially a “systemic failure" and  is making itself largely irrelevant when it comes to advancing U.S. interests and those of its allies.

Riyadh "has just fired a diplomatic cruise missile into the U.N.’s engine room," according to Bolton. Since 2010, the Saudis have watched Moscow and Beijing block every effort to have the Security Council oppose the actions of President Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime, “while U.S. diplomacy has been inconsistent and ineffective.”

Bolton writes that weak U.S. policies toward Tehran along with Chinese and Russian obstructionism have "largely rendered the council a bystander to the Iranian nuclear problem."

And with President Barack Obama's push for a negotiated resolution of the Iranian nuclear weapons challenge — something Riyadh believes is destined to fail — the Saudis “have snapped,” according to Bolton.

American weakness and the perception that Iranian nuclear weapons are an existential threat have united Saudi Arabia and Israel, he says..

"The dangers are as great for Riyadh as for Jerusalem," Bolton writes. "That is why, if necessary, the Saudis [and most other Gulf Arab states] would privately welcome an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear weapons program."

According to Bolton, Saudi Arabia is noting  the Security Council "is unable to resolve crucial Middle Eastern issues." In Bolton’s view the Saudis “have done us a favor with their unexpected frankness, and the Obama administration in particular would do well to remember their admonitions.”
 
Egypt, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain were among the prominent Arab States voicing support for Saudi Arabia’s decision to reject the Security Council seat, the Voice of America reported.

Related Stories:
 
Bolton to Newsmax: Obama Has No Alternative Plan if Syrian Pact Fails

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Poland on Edge 75 Years after Hitler, Stalin Carved it up

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 22:39 PM

Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during . . .

EU to Mull New Russia Sanctions as Ukraine Army Pushed Back

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 20:53 PM

European leaders are weighing whether to ban a few prominent Russian companies from doing business with the 28-member Eu . . .

McDonald's Faces Biggest Test in Russia Since End of Soviet Era

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:35 PM

McDonald's Corp., which arrived in Soviet-era Russia in 1990 and helped open the communist nation to foreign enterprise, . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved