Last week, Russia proposed two resolutions at the UN, and both were blocked by the US.
The first called for a peaceful end to the siege of Bani Walid, which is now into its 23rd day.
And the second condemned Friday’s blast in Damascus which broke a ceasefire brokered by the UN.
The ceasefire was of course meant to end violence on Eid, something lost on the rebels who say they are fighting for Islam, as well as freedom.
Predictably, today came the Syrian government response to that atrocity.
Commentators say Washington’s actions are in part motivated by a desire by the incumbent President – who faces an election on November 9 – to appear tough before the old enemy, Russia.
Would it be unfair to suggest that these actions are also the response of a power who is angered by the fact that it has not got its way during the Syrian crisis.