“How do you negotiate with Russia when they support one side of a Syrian civil war and, via Obama, we support the other?”
Well, we can start by cutting off the military aid to AlQaeda.
And by the way, Russia and China will not be embarrassed by votes in the UN. Nobody gives a rat’s a$$ about the votes in the UN.
We don’t like the UN, but I think you underestimate the need of dictatorships to save face. Paul’s point, if I follow him, is that America is exceptional and we need to act like it. Obama’s not doing that.