Each year, Congress is responsible for approving and allocating the payments requested by the President for U.S. assessed contributions to the United Nations’ regular and peacekeeping budgets. Currently, the U.S. is assessed 22% of the UN regular budget and 27% for UN peacekeeping operations. For many years, due to Administration and Congressional underfunding, the U.S. fell well behind in its treaty-obligated payments to the UN. But in June 2009, Congress…an Obama congress…voted for and the President signed legislation that erases all the debts that had been building over the last decade. These are the debts of the U.S., of course, not those of most other countries, who have failed to pay up.
The truth is, the U.N. is more than half funded by the U.S., our country which is borrowing money from China to fund operations such as the one described below from an article in today’s NYT.
If we’re going to fund it, then we should have some oversight and if we don’t, then others should pay their fair share. If the U.N. were a corporation, the primary stockholders would have the say, the control…but so far, all we are is a fat, dumb uncle who continues to fund the bad habits of his nephew.
U.S. Funding for the UN: An Overview Funding for the UN and its agencies comes from two sources: assessed contributions to finance the UN’s regular budget, peacekeeping operations, and some specialized agencies, and voluntary contributions, through which more than half of the UN’s funding is provided. Learn More
It’s time we took a serious look at the United Nations and a hard stance thereon.
From today’s NYT:
LUVUNGI, Democratic Republic of Congo — Four armed men barged into Anna Mburano’s hut, slapped the children and threw them down. They flipped Mrs. Mburano on her back, she said, and raped her, repeatedly.
“Grandsons!” she yelled. “Get off me!”
As soon as they finished, they moved house to house, along with hundreds of other marauding rebels, gang-raping at least 200 women.
What happened in this remote, thatched-roof village on July 30 and continued for at least three more days has become a searing embarrassment for the United Nations mission in Congo. Despite more than 10 years of experience and billions of dollars, the peacekeeping force still seems to be failing at its most elemental task: protecting civilians.
The United Nations’ blue-helmets are considered the last line of defense in eastern Congo, given that the nation’s own army has a long history of abuses, that the police are often invisible or drunk and that the hills are teeming with rebels.
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