Carpet-bomb Turtle Bay
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing executive orders that would clear the way to drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties.
The first of the two draft orders, titled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” and obtained by The New York Times, calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets any one of several criteria.
Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea. The draft order also calls for terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.
The order calls for then enacting “at least a 40 percent overall decrease” in remaining United States funding toward international organizations.
That would not be the last time that a simple show of strength by Germany's enemies would have stopped Hitler and resulted in his overthrow, by the way. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear to any reasonably impartial observer that there were multiple points along the road to WWII on which Hitler could have been slowed down and even stopped cold.
And the League of Nations, which had by that time devolved into little more than a glorified talk shop, stood by and did nothing as Europe's worst mass-murderer* pushed the world inexorably toward the most horrific war that humanity has ever fought.
Without those contributions, the United Abominations will have to find some other nation to leech off of. Maybe they can find sympathetic hosts in Sweden; after all, the Swedes don't seem to be terribly interested in self-preservation at the moment.
And just think of all of that lovely overpriced real estate in midtown Manhattan that would suddenly drop in value if the UN were to go away. Living in Manhattan- which in my opinion you'd have to be a few cards short of a full deck to want to do- might actually become tolerable.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a no-lose strategy. Right, that's it- President Trump, give the order, let the Imperial Fists march upon Turtle Bay, take it over, and throw out the UN!
*I don't count Stalin, who was actually worse, because he was Russian- technically, Georgian- and therefore not exactly European.