Saturday, June 10

Useless Nations

Earlier this week, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown chose to defend his Useless Nations organization by (gasp!) critiquing the United States!

He criticizes the U.S. because we don't...

defend it against criticism at home, a policy of "stealth diplomacy" that he called unsustainable. He lamented that the good works of the U.N. are largely lost because "much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News."

He also says...

"The U.N.'s role is in effect a secret in Middle America even as it is highlighted in the Middle East and other parts of the world," Malloch Brown said.

In our defense:

U.S. officials, including Bolton, said they were especially upset that Malloch Brown, a Briton, mentioned "Middle America."
Bolton said Malloch Brown's "condescending, patronizing tone about the American people" was the worst part about the speech.

I couldn't agree more. To say Brown condescended to us Rednecks in "middle America" is an understatement. I will try to enlighten him as to why we of the ignorant Heartland might not think very favorably towards to the Useless Nations...

The ungrateful, spiteful behavior of most of the world community is epitomized by the U.N. and is especially troubling considering that we, the taxpayers of America, that they so like to scorn, contribute 1/4 of the entire U.N. budget! They bite the hand that feeds them and expect us to take it with a smile? Perhaps we were further incensed when on top of what we give to the U.N., America (the most generous nation in the world) was called "stingy" by U.N. reps after our enormous contribution to the tsunami relief. Or, I don't know, the whole oil-for-food scandal didn't sit well with us either. Or maybe it was the U.N. "peace-keeping" soldiers raping women in Africa that has us a bit miffed.

We don't need Rush or Fox News to form our opinion of the U.N. --common decency is the source of our disdain.

And good for Bolton taking them to task for this deplorable, uncalled for condescention.

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