But, before the article, a word or two.
Many see the UN as nothing more than a hotbed of progressive, radical elements Hell-bent on advancing George Soros' New World Order. Others see the UN as the last bastion of hope for peace throughout the world.
The UN detractors have much to back up their positions. One only needs to read about the UN's Agenda 21, it's position on Social Justice, and the fact that the UN has placed Iran high up on its Human Rights Council while condemning Israel. These should offer but a few clues on this organization - all of them clues as to the nefarious intentions of the UN.
The above-linked UN positions are just "what the doctor ordered" to progressives.
As an added bonus to the above, within the UN paper on Social Justice you'll be happy to find this gem: "Present-day believers in an absolute truth identified with virtue and justice are neither willing nor desirable companions for the defenders of social justice." Just warms the heart, eh?! For more on this, Click Here.
The Agenda 21 is an interesting read. It promotes that on a global scale countries are to, among many other things, change consumption patterns, .., achieve a more sustainable population, .... Having read the whole thing, believe me, it would not be good for anyone save a few "elites" who would rule; i.e., not you or me. For an in-depth look at Agenda 21 Glenn Beck and his staff put together a really good video on this. (Note: You may not like Beck, you may never have actually watched/listened to any of his stuff, you may think he's crazy, etc. However, he and his staff did excellent research.) To watch the video, Click Here. Just in case that last video appealed to your reason, Click Here for a much shorter look at Social Justice.
Now, the article:
The UN is a corrupt and destructive institution that Americans do not trust — for good reason. A recent Gallup poll showed that 54% of Americans think the UN does a poor job, while only 38% think it does a good job.
Over the past eight years, the Obama administration has actually used the UN to undermine America’s influence, interests and image in the service of his own radical left-wing agenda — and as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton participated wholeheartedly in that sorry effort.
Over and over again, for example, President Barack Obama took crucial national security decisions to the UN Security Council before approaching Congress.
In 2011, with Secretary Clinton’s full backing, Obama committed the U.S. to war in Libya on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 1973. He never went to Congress for approval, in defiance of the War Powers Resolution. The result was a poorly conceived intervention, with terrorist consequences the world is still suffering.
In 2015, Obama did it again, approaching the UN Security Council to approve the Iran deal before Congress had any chance to review it. He did so even after signing the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act, which was advertised to the public as a guarantee that Congress would have the final say. In the end, Obama defied that law and the disastrous Iran deal — including a side deal giving the regime a ransom of $1.7 billion in cold, hard cash for American captives — was forced down our throats.
Then there is the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a club for the world’s worst human rights abusers, which President George W. Bush wisely avoided, but which Obama enthusiastically forced the U.S. to join. The UNHRC exists for only one purpose, which is to let dictators cover up real human rights abuses by attacking Israel and the U.S. Disgracefully, Obama reported his own country to the UNHRC, allowing Iran the opportunity to bash the U.S. for so-called human rights abuses.
Now, the Obama administration is running for a seat again on the UNHRC, which will hold its elections next month. His goal is to bind the next president to a three-year term, so that the U.S. has to participate again in that charade no matter who wins.
In addition, on Oct. 1, the Obama administration intends to give up control of the Internet, when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) becomes a multilateral institution, rather than an American one. Control of ICANN will likely fall, eventually, to the UN and its International Telecommunications Union (ITU). There, the free speech and free enterprise Americans have taken for granted online could be subject to the whims of tyrannical, censorship-prone regimes.
There is no reason to give up control of the Internet, which has flourished as a free medium only because it has been protected by the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. The Obama administration simply believes, as one critic observes, that American power is more dangerous than our enemies: better for the UN to govern Americans than for Americans to govern anyone else.
Of course, when it wants to, the Obama administration can see the problems with the U.N. In 2013, when Obama was pushing for limited war in Syria — again without obtaining congressional approval — UN Ambassador Samantha Power blasted the UN, complaining it was “structurally impossible to get meaningful international action through the Security Council.”
In the end, the Obama administration retreated anyway and did nothing to stop the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
Trump — who already demonstrated in Mexico City his ability to represent the U.S. on the international stage — can seize the opportunity of Clinton’s UN photo-op to articulate three key policy differences:
1. A Trump administration will never submit the national security of the United States to the UN before Congress.
2. A Trump administration will refuse to participate in the UN Human Rights Council.
3. A Trump administration will not fund UN institutions that demonize America and Israel.
4. A Trump administration will refuse to cede control of ICANN, and will protect free speech and free enterprise on the Internet.
And when Hillary Clinton parades herself in front of the UN next week, Trump should thank her. There is nothing that better illustrates the contrast between “globalism” and “nationalism” than the UN and the way Obama and Clinton have boosted it.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News.