I haven't written very much about the loss of the un, because frankly I don't care. Sucking up to tyrants to get votes makes me ill. I am disappointed in the United States, but it just confirms that bo wants to offend all of his allies. Rex has a good piece on this non stiry.
The real question here is why do so many people seem to care? Actually really care? What, after all, is a vote at the UN? It is at best a morally weightless gesture. More frequently it is a transaction freighted with duplicity and hidden design, purchased or traded for ends ulterior to its purpose. It is in other cases the stooge response of a debtor country to its creditors. And in yet others, it is a counter or an expression of unbending prejudice or ideological hostility.
No self-respecting country will feel “embarrassment” from “losing” such a vote. You can only feel real embarrassment if you’ve been declined or rebuked by someone or some institution you respect. Not getting Hugo Chavez’s support? Not winning over China, which has a Nobel Peace Prize winner in its gulag? Not winning over Iran, as it threatens the monstrous stoning, which it may commute to a “merciful” hanging, of a woman for having sex? Not winning over Libya, Sudan or Saudi Arabia? How is any of that an embarrassment?