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Little Miss American Empire

Growing up, I remember being informed by various female school teachers and former Flower Children that “if women were in charge,” there’d be no more wars (among other things), because...you know...women are about caring and sharing and the only reason why there’s violence in the first place is because of testosterone and penal rivalries...und so weiter...

There is, of course, a kernel of truth to such claims. No doubt, Paris abducted Helen out of a blinding lust that all men, and only men, can understand. That said, anyone who has ever witnessed female relations in High School recognize that the fairer sex is more than capable of vindictive violence. (Mencken quipped that the definition of a misogynist is a man who hates women as much as women hate one another.)

Whatever the case, the Obama administration’s foreign-policy team offers all but definitive proof that women have the gene for bellicosity. Obama’s intellectual guiding light, Samantha Power, has written tomes scolding Washington for not intervening militarily enough over the past century. Hillary cackles over the brutal death of a foe. And then there’s Susan Rice, Obama’s UN ambassador, whose sepia skin tone might led one to believe that she has more than one reason to oppose the war-making ways of “The Man.”

No so! Today, China and Russia wisely vetoed a resolution that would, quite likely, have been a precursor to regime change in Syria (much like the Libya adventure began as a UN mandate for a no-fly zone last March). Rice reacted to this offense much like a bitchy HR manager who feels compelled to lecture her cubicle-dwelling underlings after “SOMEBODY took my Pad Thai leftovers from the fridge…I don’t know who it is, but I have suspicions!”

“The United States is disgusted that  a couple of members of this Council continue to prevent  us from fulfilling our sole purpose,” U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said. “For months this Council has been held hostage by a couple of members,” she said, referring to Russia and China, who she said had been “delaying and stripping bare any text to force Assad to stop his actions.”

Without referring to Russia by name, she said the vetoes were “even more shameful” given that Russia has continued to sell weapons to to Syria.  She called the vetoes “unforgivable” and said “any further blood that flows will be on their hands.”

ABC News