Biden’s UN Ambassador is an apparent expert at absurdist comedy. For Jonathan Winters or Robin Williams could not have come up with a more ridiculous riff than she did when she issued an unintentionally hilarious warning to the triumphant Taliban. We’ve really sunk this low.
FNC: “United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield boasted Tuesday the U.S. had used a “very strongly worded press statement” from the U.N. Security Council to tell the repressive Taliban it must respect women’s rights and humanitarian law. As reports of violent repression against women and U.S. allies by the Taliban alarm the globe, Thomas-Greenfield told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer the U.S. would be ‘watching’ closely.
“We are hearing from people in Afghanistan that they are getting threats from the Taliban, and we have expressed in no uncertain terms here at the United Nations through a very strongly worded press statement from the Security Council that we expect the Taliban to respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “We have also indicated that they have to be respectful of humanitarian law and that we do not expect to see that Afghanistan will become a safe haven for terrorists. But, again, it is not their words that we will hold them to. It is their actions that we will be watching.”
🇺🇸 Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says U.S. expressed "in no uncertain terms" at the United Nations through "a very strongly worded press statement" from the Security Council that "we expect the Taliban to respect women's rights" and "to be respectful of humanitarian law." pic.twitter.com/32TEyRFu4O
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) August 18, 2021
Actress Patricia Heaton simply wrote “wut.” Others compared it “Team America: World Police,” where U.N. official Hans Blix demands North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il allow a search for weapons of mass destruction or else “we will be very angry with you.”
“This can’t be real,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. “If it had merely been a strongly worded press statement, it might be fair to criticize the Biden admin for not having a plan and exuding weakness. But it was a VERY strongly worded press statement,” tweeted Omri Ceren, aide to Ted Cruz.
Stephen L. Miller quipped, “This admin actually went full Team America. Astounding.” Josh Gerstein noted, “Comedy clearly has a place even amidst crisis.” Geoffrey Ingersoll said, “The Taliban just survived a 20-year dose-e-doe with the greatest combined military might in the history of the world and we expect them to yield to a ‘strongly worded press statement.’ ” And Erielle Davidson caught the moment with, “Oh yea…The Taliban cares about a ‘strongly worded press statement.’ We live in the stupidest of regimes.”