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Claudia Rosett


September 26, 2012 - 9:06 am

When President Obama spoke Tuesday to the United Nations, he made a point of denouncing, yet again, as “an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well” the “crude and disgusting video” — a.k.a. the brief clip produced by a private individual exercising the right to free speech. But Obama made no mention whatsoever of the gross official insult to all decent people involved  in the UN not only welcoming Iran’s anti-semitic pro-genocide President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yet again to the UN General Assembly in New York, but scheduling Ahmadinejad’s speech on the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur.

On Yom Kippur itself, the U.S. Mission to the UN finally got around to mentioning the matter, putting out a two-sentence statement noting that Ahmadinejad has once again been using his trip to the UN to “spout paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against Israel.” The U.S. statement goes on to say “It’s particularly unfortunate that Mr. Ahmadinejad will have the platform of the UN General Assembly on Yom Kippur, which is why the United States has decided not to attend.”

Talk about too little, too late. What a pity that Obama couldn’t have shoehorned that statement into his UN address, or at least wedged it into his chat with Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters et al, while bringing his White House gift basket of napkins and golf balls to The View.




Claudia Rosett is journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and heads its Investigative Reporting Project. She is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist and editor writing on international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Due in substantial part to her investigation, the U.S. House and Senate launched inquiries into the program. Ms. Rosett has appeared before five U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on U.N.-related corruption. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award.
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