Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council; you can’t make this stuff up

A year ago, the Obama administration decided to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, the ridiculous panel that seems to believe Israel is the only human rights problem in the world, on the theory that it could reform the group from the inside.

Some reform; last week Libya was elected to the Council.

According to The Hill, the Capitol Hill newspaper, U.S. ambassador Susan Rice told reporters that “I think it’s fair to say that this year, there is a small number of countries whose human rights records is problematic that are likely to be elected and we regret that. I’m not going to sit here and name names. I don’t think it’s particularly constructive at this point.”

At least Iran withdrew from contention after strong protests – although, as The Hill pointed out, it was elected to the Commission on the Status of Women.

Iran, with its religious purity police, on the Commission on the Status of Women? You can’t make this stuff up.

The Obama administration still thinks it can bring change to a dysfunctional United Nations from within. Well, we’re waiting.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.