U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, named 13 Syrian military commanders she said had been involved in killing and injuring civilians since 2011 through air and ground assaults, and detaining and torturing civilians.
"The United States will not let those who have commanded units involved in these actions hide anonymously behind the facade of the Assad regime," Power told the council.
"Those behind such attacks must know that we and the international community are watching their actions, documenting their abuses, and one day, they will be held accountable," she said.
So these 13 Syrian military commanders have been slaughtering, torturing, and starving civilians for 6 years without having a worry in the world about doing what they believe is their job to prop up Assad's continued rule.
But being publicly named by the Obama administration that has done nothing to enforce the president's early demand that Assad step down (and which is effectively helping Assad by fighting Assad's enemy ISIL without also effectively supporting other rebels) is really going to hurt this Dirty Baker's Dozen and get them to stop slaughtering people on an industrial scale.
And this is called Smart Diplomacy.
UPDATE: This is what Assad's killer thugs think of our warning:
Containers of a chemical suspected to be chlorine were dropped by helicopters on rebel-held east Aleppo on Tuesday, causing breathing difficulties in some people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the local health authority said.
That didn't take long, now did it?
But don't worry, the Global Left's "anti-war" cohort will begin the marches and human shield recruitment to hammer Russia, Iran, and their pet Assad for their mass murder spree--any day now, for sure.