While innocent people are massacred in Syria day after day, members of the UN Security Council think they can do nothing to uphold the law when faced with prospective vetoes from Russia and China. But this is not an accurate understanding of the issues.
Both China and Russia have used the Security Council to serve their own interests and within the formula of trade-offs between the two of them, not within the framework of the duties and responsibilities of countries that hold veto powers.
The U.S.-Russian relationship has always been a complicated and multifaceted one. But, yesterday's U.N. vote, the third veto from the Russia Federation on the issue of Syria alone, is proof that the Obama strategy has failed.