UNESCO: What's that smell?
How many times must the Obama administration get its nose rubbed in the excrement that passes for business as usual at the United Nations before it abandons this conclave of U.S. contempt and outright corruption?
The predictable admission of "Palestine" as a full member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday nose-thumbs adamant U.S. objections. It also triggers the requisite withholding -- by law -- of $60 million in U.S. funding to this "cultural" agency.
But don't expect that to send shock waves through Turtle Bay, which annually pockets more than $7 billion from Uncle Sam.
This "prize" for the Palestinian Authority likely will open doors to other U.N. organizations while it further distances the Palestinians from any serious peace talks with Israel. And this, as militant thugs fire rockets into southern Israel, which is a U.N. member.
The unmitigated insult of the Palestinians' admission into UNESCO is compounded by the cheers that reportedly greeted the vote — and by the laughter when Israel voted "No," reports The Heritage Foundation's Brett Schaefer.
And this the State Department calls "regrettable"?
Even for the olfactory-challenged Team Obama, it's time to wake up and smell what it's stepping in at Turtle Bay.
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