U.N. votes vs. aid
Published: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
In the nearly 30 years since the United States began tracking votes in the United Nations General Assembly, only twice did other countries' voting “coincidence” with the U.S. exceed 50 percent. The average over the same period is an abysmal 32.7 percent.
Based on the State Department's latest congressionally mandated U.N. voting report, U.S. “support” from other countries dropped 9 percentage points from 2011 to 2012, the largest year-to-year decline over the past decade and second largest drop since the government started tracking the recorded votes, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis.
And continuing a familiar Turtle Bay trend, “most major (U.S. aid) recipients voted against the U.S. more often than they voted with the U.S.,” Heritage reports. Among them, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.
It's been argued ad nauseam that U.S. foreign aid should be linked to support for U.S. priorities at the U.N. But since the U.S. started tracking U.N. votes, nothing has changed. The same can be said about the U.S. standing within the U.N., where America pays the most dues but is allotted the least amount of consideration.
Eventually, even the most addlepated realizes when he's been cheated to excess. When will the Obama administration, forever defending the U.N. “mission,” wake up and realize as much?
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