Yes, Ban Ki-moon Is America’s Poodle

This week, Washington grasped that Ban Ki-moon might be a bit of a chump. The United Nations secretary-general, despite his seven years on the job and nearly four decades before that as a South Korean diplomat, appeared both overzealous and amateurish as he extended and then rescinded a last-minute invitation to Iran to join the Syrian peace talks in Switzerland. The Obama administration’s unconcealed irritation with this gambit has left Ban, who has always prioritized good relations with the United States, looking foolish. If this week’s turmoil leaves a lasting stain on his reputation it will, however, be both unfair and ironic.

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Jan 22, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations
Peace and Security
Middle East, Syria, United States