That “beast” – the HRC – is anti-American and anti-Semitic. It was refurbished in 2006 so it could replace the old Human Rights Commission which was anti-American and anti-Semitic. The larger United Nations system is a bloated bureaucracy that is wasteful and fraudulent. Some of its programs are mired in scandal, and some are simply ineffective. At a time of trillion dollar deficits, record debt, high unemployment, skyrocketing oil prices, and a sluggish economy, something has got to give, and some Republicans are eying the UN.
It has the Obama administration worried. UN Ambassador Susan Rice is aggressively promoting the UN in a series of speeches around the country and trying to convince Americans of the need for continued funding. “Main Street America needs the United Nations,” she begged at a recent event. It’s a topsy-turvy world. As Claudia Rosett points out, Rice’s job is to defend American interests at the United Nations, not defend the UN to Americans.
Even worse, Rice takes a page from Obama’s playbook and blames the United States for the ills of the UN and apologizes for supposed American injustices.
In a speech to the Oregon World Affairs Council, she claims that Americans “shirk our responsibilities” to the UN, and says our approach to the institution is “short-sighted.” She falsely asserts that the United States is “awash in unpaid bills” and that we have a habit of “skipping out on the check.” There is one thing Ms. Rice has learned well during her time in Turtle Bay – the UN’s time-honored tradition of America bashing.
Congress and the President need to learn from the British example and conduct a complete review of U.S. funding for international institutions. Only those that directly advance America’s interests should be eligible. They will find that the United Nations is a sacred cow that needs to be slaughtered.
Thomas P. Kilgannon is the president of Freedom
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