How to Defund the U.N.

As an assistant secretary of state in the George H.W. Bush administration, I worked vigorously to repeal a hateful United Nations General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism. Foreign diplomats frequently told me the effort was unnecessary. My Soviet counterpart, for example, said Resolution 3379 was only a piece of paper gathering dust on a shelf. Why stir up old controversies years after its 1975 adoption?

We ignored the foreign objections and persisted because that abominable resolution cast a stain of illegitimacy and anti-Semitism on the U.N. It paid off. On Dec. 16, 1991, the General Assembly rescinded the offensive language.

Now, a quarter-century later, the U.N. has come close to repeating Resolution 3379’s original sin. Last week the U.N. showed its true colors with a 128-9 vote condemning President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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  • It’s simple. Withdraw.

    • Clausewitz

      And then give them 24 hours to get the fuck out of New York.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Bolton says there are a few agencies that worthwhile. But I say if they are then can be resurrected otherwise. Destroy the UN entirely and start over where needed. Leaving one part of the cancer alive is too dangerous

  • glasnost

    I think Bolton is saying that the USA could exert more influence by not withdrawing but instead by SELECTIVELY funding the UN. Destroying an institution that is malfunctioning should not be the first consideration before trying to fix it first. Besides, if the USA simply withdrew, we wouldn’t get to watch the tin-pot dictators grovel.