13 Mar 2009 Outrage of the Day: U.N. Secretary General Calls U.S. “Deadbeats”
Apparently dissatisfied with the United States paying a full 22 percent of the expenses of the ridiculously wasteful and notoriously corrupt United Nations, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon referred to the U.S. as a “deadbeat” nation while on a visit to the U.S. Congress Wednesday.
Ban effectively said that it is not only important for the United States to be the world’s largest donor to the United Nations by an overwhelming margin, be perennially kicked in the teeth and insulted by U.N. proceedings, and host the United Nations here in America on some of the world’s most valuable land donated by an American in a building refurbished by a massive interest free-U.S. loan, but we must also pay our dues on the timetable the U.N. specifies.
The offensiveness of the sentiment combined with the stupidity of the choice of location in which to say it makes this a whopper of a gaffe indeed.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Let us get out of the United Nations and let’s kick the whiny you-know-whats out of here.
For additional commentary, see also Don Surber’s “Dump Mr. Ban” on his Charleston Daily Mail blog, Jules Crittenden’s “Deadbeat Nation” on the Jules Crittenden blog and Rory Cooper’s “United Nations says to America: ‘You’re Deadbeats’” on the Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry blog. Surber and Crittenden appear to be as irritated as I am; this is a quote those of us who appreciate the United Nations for what it truly is can’t let die.
Let us get this one on some t-shirts.
Rory Cooper’s piece should be read for information about Senator John Kerry’s nauseating response, which is to give the United Nations ratification of its dangerous Law of the Sea Treaty. Kerry’s obviously never going to give up his hate-America-first schtick; he must have some kind of psychological problem.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called Ban’s word choice “unfortunate,” and called on the U.N. to respect the rather substantial financial contributions of American taxpayers (a sentiment we hope the Administration begins to extend to domestic budgetary matters). It wasn’t quite the statement I, or, I suspect, Don Surber, Jules Crittenden or Rory Cooper would have made, but considering how pro-U.N. Barack Obama is, it was a good B+ effort.
But an “F” to you, Mr. Ban.
Labels: Congress, Conservatives, Foreign Policy, United Nations, White House