Defunding the U.N.?

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Not all news in the world is bad.  Here’s a rather hopeful piece, for example:

A key House Republican is quickly pressing forward with her goals to scale back U.S. funding for the United Nations.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Hill that oversight would be a key function of the panel, particularly funding to the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) that is “a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

“I’d like to make sure that we once and for all kill all U.S. funding for that beast,” she said last month. “Because I don’t think that it advances U.S. interests, I don’t think that that’s a pro-democracy group, it’s a rogue’s gallery, pariah states, they belong there because they don’t want to be sanctioned.”

via The World from The Hill: U.N. funding an early target for House Republicans –

There are the usual objections that oh, we’ll lose our influence, etc.  Frankly, if we can’t even manage to keep countries with such absymal human rights records as Iran off the Human Rights Council, or keep them from using that panel to routinely condemn the only real democracy in the Middle East (that would be Israel) exactly how are we using our influence to make anything better?



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