WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The "district work period," as our vaunted "public servants" in the House and Senate like to call their summer vacation, has ended, and Congress is back in session. Democrats returned to the nation's capital salivating at the prospect that the United Nations may yet get to run Iraq. The only way to defend America's national security, they argue, is to "internationalize" the rebuilding of Iraq and place our fate in the hands of Kofi Annan and the French. It is now liberal dogma to trust the United Nations more than the United States government.
As members of the U.N. Fan Club, liberals contend that United Nations peacekeepers can stabilize Iraq better than the U.S. military. They believe Kofi Annan is more committed and better equipped to defeat terrorism than George W. Bush; and want the U.N. Security Council, not the U.S. Congress, to be the final arbiter on sending American troops into war.
Sensing opportunity, Democrats are carping louder for their U.N. buddies to take over Iraq. The president of the U.N. Fan Club is presidential candidate and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, whose condemnation of Iraq's liberation knows no bounds. Dean appeals to a fringe group of Bush-haters, professional protestors and cyber-bums, who have only contempt for their country and its defenders.
Although President Bush has brilliantly led the nation in the two years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Dean claims George W. Bush "really doesn't understand what it means to have a strong defense." Dr. Dean's prescription for rebuilding Iraq: "Work with the U.N. to build the largest coalition possible" and put the U.N. in charge of the successor of the U.N. Oil for Food program.
Dean ignores the fact that the Bush administration has asked the United Nations for help in the war on terrorism and in rebuilding Iraq. But like a spoiled child on the playground, the United Nations wants no part of those efforts if it can't be in charge and amass power. Dean also insists the United Nations oversee another "oil for food program" even though it was first corrupted under Kofi Annan's management. The program was supposed to use Iraq's oil revenues to provide the Iraqi people with those things Saddam refused to give them -- food and medicine. Instead, Saddam skimmed billions of dollars as Kofi Annan looked the other way.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.