Allen B. West

Obama proposes UN spending hike; wants congressional waiver over Palestine prohibitions

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Recently, Iran’s President Rouhani named a co-conspirator from the 1979-81 Iranian hostage crisis as his country’s ambassador to the United Nations. You’d think an American president would deny this person entry, or for sure arrest him upon setting one foot on American soil.

But I don’t think either will happen with President Obama, and as a matter of fact, he may just pick up the cost of the airline ticket and hotel room. Because according to a report by CNSnews.com “When U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, the panel will consider a budget request for international organizations that is 33 percent bigger than last year’s, including a 43 percent hike in U.S. contributions to peacekeeping missions.”

Yes, we are $17.4 trillion dollars in debt and the Obama administration wants to increase spending for the UN and other international organizations. This is a clear indicator that Power and her boss, Obama, are more focused on being globalists than fixing the American economy and instilling fiscal discipline. Consider this, we are going to borrow money from China and others, in order to give more money to the most corrupt international body — the United Nations — run by despots, theocrats, autocrats, and dictators.

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The administration’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for the U.N. and other organizations is $4.036 billion, up from $3.031 billion in fiscal year 2014. For contributions to peacekeeping missions, it is asking for $2.518 billion, up from $1.765 last year. The $2.518 billion for peacekeeping amounts to 28.36 percent of the U.N.’s total peacekeeping budget. The U.S. also provides 22 percent of the separate U.N. operating budget. The U.N. has 193 member states.

According to Heritage Foundation scholar Brett Schaefer, President Clinton in 1994 signed a law setting a 25 percent cap on U.S. contributions for U.N. peacekeeping, which at the time were running at around 30 percent. “The U.S. should resume pressure on the U.N. to lower the U.S. peacekeeping assessment to 25 percent by refusing to pay more than this amount and tying payment of any resulting arrears to adoption by the U.N. of a maximum peacekeeping assessment of 25 percent,” Schaefer wrote in a recent brief.

The Obama administration has made engagement with the U.N. a high priority in its foreign policy, and the budget justification underscores this. “The [Obama] administration is committed to robust multilateral engagement and to promoting U.S. leadership in international organizations as a means of advancing U.S. national security interests and values,” it says. As it has done for the past two years, the administration is asking Congress to waive legislative provisions making it unlawful for the U.S. to fund U.N. agencies that admit “Palestine.”

Two things in that statement should cause concern. First is that the United States should not be looking to international organizations in order to advance US national security interests and values. Many of the 193 member nations of the UN have values inconsistent with those of our Constitutional Republic. It seems we won’t just “lead from behind” but actually defer our actions to this collective body.

Secondly, the Obama administration is requesting Congress allow it to support UN agencies that recognize and admit “Palestine” into the body. Palestine is a region, like Appalachia, not a definitive country. It does not have an indigenous culture, currency, or language. If any ethnic group should have their own country, it should be the Kurds. With such an action, Obama administration would undermine Israel and support the establishment and recognition of Palestine, regardless of the security ramifications for Israel.

When the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2011 became the first U.N. body to recognize “Palestine,” the Obama administration reluctantly cut the funding and UNESCO lost 22 percent of its operating budget. This time, the administration has not included a funding request for UNESCO, but the fiscal year 2015 request includes “conditional transfer authority should the waiver be enacted.” “The ability to make such contributions is essential to advancing U.S. interests worldwide and strengthening U.S. global leadership, influence, and credibility,” says the Obama administration.

And how do US taxpayer funds to UNESCO advance our interests and strengthen our global leadership, influence, and credibility? Folks, just follow the money, and you’ll see where President Obama and his globalist progressive socialists align their priorities.

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