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Monday, March 21, 2005

"There Is No United Nations"

Charles at LittleGreenFootballs links to a video prepared by, which opposes President Bush's nomination of John Bolton to be UN Ambassador. The video is supposed to horrify us with Mr Bolton's extreme views, but I agreed with everything he said:

...There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world--and that's the United States--when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along.
Watch the whole thing. We haven't had anyone make this much sense concerning the UN since Daniel Patrick Moynihan stalked Turtle Bay. We need this breath of fresh air today more than ever. Everything that Moynihan warned us about has come to pass: The UN is now little more than a propaganda arm for every anti-American force in the world, obsequiously pandering to tin-pot dictators and the tinfoil hat brigade of professional leftist internationalists. And there's worse besides: rampant corruption touching every facet of the organization, bumbling ineptitude in handling international problems, persistent accusations that UN "peacekeepers" routinely trade relief supplies for sexual liaisons with minors, and so on.

The United States represents the aspirations of the world's oppressed far better than the UN ever has or ever could. Today, only US power can bring about the kind of changes many of the world's poor need if their lives are to be permanently improved, as we are witnessing in Iraq. So Bolton is right--the UN is useful only to the extent that the exercise of US national power makes it so. If it ceases to be useful to our ends, we should bypass it (as, for instance, President Clinton did in the war with Serbia) or eject it from our soil.

It's about time we had an Abassador who is not afraid to speak the truth.


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