It’s difficult to site anything the U.N. does particularly well.
80% of it’s none voting members represent some of the most heinous abusers of human rights in the world.
It’s time to strip them of their diplomatic passports.
The non voting members should not be allowed into the country at all.
The clock should be ticking on the United States’ participation in the United Nations, and certainly, we should be assessing our level of financial support.
President Trump comes from the private sector, so as a businessman, the bottom line is simple: what is the return on investment?
But we need a strong diplomatic arm right now, as the past eight years have seen a degradation of our foreign policy.
Along with that, we need to rebuild our military capability and capacity under the revived banner of “peace through strength” conveying the message of a formidable deterrent force, ready to take action, when diplomatic efforts fail.
Simply put, our spies receive Diplomatic in exchange for their spies to be accorded the same privileges.
If Obama hadn’t stripped the U.S. of its military power, the entire building could be sold for highest and best use, perhaps a federal prison to house crooked members of congress.
Move it to Kenya and let Obama run the show.
Frankly, that should be the question posed not just in analyzing the United Nations, but the functioning of our federal government in its entirety.
Final Days: Obama Sends $500M to UN Climate Fund; Trump Vowed to Cancel ‘Global Warming Payments’(Source)
Not to worry, if it hadn’t been for Trump, the taxpayer would have paid the tab, they did the first time the reprobate pulled the same thing.
The Council is composed of 15 Members:
- five permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States,
- and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly (with end of term date):
More than 60 United Nations Member States have never been Members of the Security Council.
A State which is a Member of the United Nations but not of the Security Council may participate, without a vote, in its discussions when the Council considers that country’s interests are affected.
Both Members and non-members of the United Nations, if they are parties to a dispute being considered by the Council, may be invited to take part, without a vote, in the Council’s discussions; the Council sets the conditions for participation by a non-member State. (Source)
Let’s be very honest, there are countless challenges facing the Trump administration. I’d personally recommend less Twitter time and more policy emphasis. President Trump did a phenomenal job last Tuesday evening with his address to a joint session of Congress.
As we shared, that’s the reason why the Democrats have viciously sought to shift the narrative…to include leaking the private email address of the vice president’s wife — certainly something the liberal progressive media would never have contemplated during the past eight years. It’s time for the president to retake the narrative and assert his policy focus and agenda.
One of the points where President Trump can make great inroads is to reevaluate our foreign policy when it comes to aid provided, and relationships. The first place where the president can start is the home of despots, dictators, autocrats and theocrats — the United Nations.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged Iraq and the world’s nations on Thursday not to let the Islamic State extremist group “get away with genocide.”
It’s nice to know that one member of he Clooney family hasn’t been double stamped a left-wing for all causes fool like her “Know nothing husband George.”
The wife of actor George Clooney, who represents victims of IS rapes and kidnappings, told a U.N. meeting that what’s “shocking” is not just the group’s brutality but the “passive” response by the world’s nations to the campaign to investigate its crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.
She urged Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send a letter to the U.N. Security Council so it can vote to set up an investigation into crimes by the group in Iraq where IS once controlled about 40 percent of the country’s territory but is now being routed by government and coalition forces.
“Justice is what the victims want…” Clooney said, “but justice will be forever out of reach if we allow the evidence to disappear, if mass graves are not protected, if medical evidence is lost, if witnesses can no longer be traced.”
Clooney expressed frustration that nothing has happened since she came to the U.N. six months ago seeking accountability for victims of the Islamic State group, also known by the acronym ISIS and the Arab name Daesh.
“Killing ISIS on the battlefield is not enough. We must kill the idea behind ISIS by exposing the brutality and bringing individual criminals to justice,” she said.
Clooney represents Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman captured by IS in Iraq in 2014, who has spoken out about since her release about being raped, sold as a sex slave, and praying for death while in captivity.
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Murad, now a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, told the meeting that victims have patiently waited for over a year for the investigation of IS to start “to be able to at least bury our dead.”
“Why it is taking so long? I cannot understand why you are letting ISIS get away with it, or what more you need to hear before you will act,” Murad said, her voice breaking with emotion. “So today, I ask the Iraqi government and the U.N. to establish an investigation and give all the victims of ISIS the justice they deserve.”
Clooney addressed prime minister al-Abadi saying it was initially Iraq’s idea to involve the U.N. and sending a letter “would silence those who doubt your commitment to bring Daesh to justice.”
If no letter is forthcoming, she said the Security Council could act without Iraq’s consent, or it could refer the extremist group to the International Criminal Court, or the General Assembly could establish “an accountability mechanism” as it did for crimes in Syria in December. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres could also launch an investigation, she said.
“But none of this has happened,” Clooney said. “Instead, mass graves in Iraq lie unprotected and un-exhumed, witnesses are fleeing and not one ISIS militant has faced trial for international crimes anywhere in the world.”
Clooney urged all countries “to stand up for justice” and demonstrate “moral leadership” to make sure that ISIS is held accountable.
Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the meeting he looks forward to finalizing the Security Council resolution with Iraq “very, very soon.” He said the aim is to assist Iraq “with the difficult but crucial challenge of preserving the huge amount of evidence of Daesh crimes committed on Iraqi territory.”
Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim said the government plans to try cases involving low and mid-level members of Daesh but it will have to work with the international community to bring the top leaders to justice.
He made no mention, however, of U.N. help in preserving evidence or the required letter.
”The Trump administration put the U.N. Human Rights Council on notice [last] Wednesday, criticizing the Geneva-based body for its “obsession with Israel” and also taking a swipe at the presence among its members of rights-abusing regimes. “As we consider our future engagements, my government will be considering the council’s actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the council’s mission to protect and promote human rights,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Erin Barclay told the HRC.
After eight years of Obama administration engagement, the council is facing the possibility that the U.N.’s biggest funder by far could withdraw. Barclay did not mention that in her remarks Wednesday, beyond the warning about considering “future engagements.”
“In some member states, individuals are subjected to arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, and sexual and gender-based violence by officials of their own governments,” Barclay continued. “That is unacceptable, especially given the leadership role that council members have.”
As previously reported, one in four of the 47 elected members of the HRC this year are autocracies with poor records on human rights and political freedom. Barclay also slammed the HRC for what she called its “consistent unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic country, Israel.” Noting that Israel – alone among the U.N.’s 193 member-states – is the subject of a permanent HRC agenda item, she asked, “How is that a sensible priority?”
“Right now, the Assad regime is bombing hospitals in Syria and forcing its own people to flee as refugees to neighboring countries to escape its murderous rule,” she said. “Right now, in North Korea and Iran, millions of people are denied their freedoms of religion or belief, of peaceful assembly and association, and of expression.”
Now, the United Nations has enjoyed the previous eight years of an Obama administration that joined with them in the animus towards the State of Israel. Funny, they attempt to castigate Israel as a violator of human rights, yet this collective global body of governance granted status to a terrorist thug organization known as the Palestinian Authority (Fatah), the PLO. The Obama administrate even recognized and granted diplomatic status and a mission in Washington D.C. to this slick, suit-wearing group of Islamic jihadists.
We have and shall continue to share with you the support of folks like Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, for the brazen stabbing attacks against Israeli citizens. Israel is still receiving rocket and missile fire from areas controlled by Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel also has threats of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra on its border, yet the U.N. Human Rights Council and Security Council spends its time sanctioning Israel.
Yes folks, we pay nearly 26 percent of the UN budget, and this is our return on investment?
Our new ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, has already established our position as not acquiescing to this gathering. It will be interesting to hear President Trump’s first address to the U.N. General Assembly.
It’s an organization that the Obama administration in its final days allowed to pass a resolution against Israel in the Security Council. When you consider some of the actors on the U.N. Human Rights Council, you can only laugh. Yet, why has there never been a million women’s march against some of these nations? Ah yes, progressive socialist hypocrisy. Where are the rainbow signs in protest of Iran — you know, the country to which Barack Obama gave billions, yet they have no change in their violations of the most basic of human rights, especially to gays and women.
The United Nations once served a purpose coming in the aftermath of World War II. It was supposed to be a better solution than the failure known as the League of Nations. However, just like the European Union, the U.N. morphed and has become an entity acting beyond its original charter.
Furthermore, we must realize that all nation-states are not created equal, and some have very different goals and objectives. To accept the premise that Iran, North Korea, Russia, and China should sit together at a table with the United States and other true classical liberal democracies is absurd.
We now have that opportunity to reshape the United Nations, along with NATO, and organize like-minded states who share the same political ideology into a focused diplomatic, economic and military organization — not some insidious body politic — that will stand firm against the threats of state and non-state belligerents, the enemies of liberty, freedom, and human rights.
We must end this really dumb charade that somehow we have shared values with Saudi Arabia — we don’t!
I’d prefer to see tweets from President Trump that provide us a vision into how he’ll redefine the global environment…and no, I’m not talking about goofy global climate change resolutions that are nothing more than global redistribution of wealth schemes.
And let me be honest: cutting the U.S. State Department budget by 37 percent is not a viable course of action. Overall, foreign aid only comprises some 2.3 percent of our federal budget. We can assess lots of places to streamline the federal government and its wasteful programs and expanded bureaucracy.