Democrats and the Global Test

Thomas P. Kilgannon
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Posted: Jan 16, 2007 10:10 AM

John Kerry may have been defeated in the 2004 presidential contest, but his "Global Test" doctrine – which states that America's national security must be administered by the United Nations – lives on.

Last week, in their first piece of legislation since taking the majority, House Democrats outsourced the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) – a key national security program – to the supervision of the United Nations. H.R. 1, a bill to implement the homeland security recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, contained a provision instructing the President to “work with the United Nations Security Council" in order to "authorize the PSI under international law.”

When the minority protested, Representative Jerry Nadler of New York proved once again that congressmen don't read the legislation on which they vote, falsely stating that "this bill has nothing to do with the United Nations."

It's interesting that a party that has yet to offer one constructive policy alternative to strengthen America's security in Iraq is full of ideas for giving the UN more control over our foreign policy.

The PSI is an effective global initiative – not a bureaucratic agency. Because too many nations fail to act responsibly in preventing the sale or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, the PSI emphasizes interdiction of WMD and related materials. The measure allows governments to act on intelligence in a timely manner to search and seize shipments of WMD materials intended for rogue states or terrorists.

When he announced the creation of the PSI at the G-8 Summit in Poland in 2003, President Bush explained that "when weapons of mass destruction or their components are in transit, we must have the means and authority to seize them.” Preferably before they get to U.S. ports where only a fraction of shipment containers are screened before being placed on trucks and delivered throughout the United States.

The State Department counts sixty nations as supporters of the PSI's interdiction principles. Four of the five permanent members of the Security Council are founding members of the PSI. The program has support from the G-8 and the European Union and, according to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the PSI was responsible for eleven interdictions of WMD materials after only 24 months.

The PSI's success notwithstanding, House Democrats want President Bush to secure Ban Ki-moon's approval before taking action to safeguard the United States.

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that handing the PSI over to the United Nations would be tantamount to a "regulatory straightjacket overseen by an international bureaucracy." Minority Leader John Boehner was more specific, explaining that the move would "provide all members of the UN access to the strategies, routes, and participating countries in the program."

Boehner went on to say that “America’s national security is the sovereign responsibility of America alone. It should not be outsourced to foreign governments and international bodies.” But that is exactly what liberals are doing.

In 2004, John Kerry was only voicing the overwhelming sentiment of his party who view the United Nations charter as a higher authority than the U.S. Constitution.

When it was time to debate war with Iraq in 2002, Democrats in both Houses forgot their oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” and looked to Hans Blix and the UN for consent to go to war. The substitute amendment they offered at the time – the Multilateral Use of Force Authorization Act of 2002 – would only allow the U.S. to send troops to Iraq “pursuant to a resolution of the United Nations Security Council.” Carl Levin, who now chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said during that debate that “the United Nations should authorize member states to use military force” to destroy WMD in Iraq.

A few months later, after the war began, Teddy Kennedy was still protesting what he perceived as a snub of the UN. Kennedy referred to Thomas Aquinas, complaining that the Iraq conflict was illegal because a just war can only be declared by a “legitimate authority acting on behalf of the people.” The “legitimate authority” to which Kennedy referred was the United Nations.

Today, Nancy Pelosi and her pals are attempting to outsource our homeland security to the likes of Belgium, Congo, Panama, Slovakia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa, which currently are members of the Security Council. It is a Council that only a few years ago had Syria as a member, and last year barely denied Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela a seat.

In truth, this debate isn’t about the PSI. It really is about the fact that liberals no longer believe America is the greatest country in the world. For if they did, they wouldn’t look to the UN to protect us.