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A former aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, Jeffrey Feltman is reported to be about to get a big job at the UN, Under Secy Genl for Political Affairs. At Jadaliyyah, Vijay Prashad says that Feltman will give the UN greater credibility with the US government, at the cost of UN credibility in the Muslim world. For Feltman applauded the crushing of the Arab spring in Bahrain and has been a ceaseless supporter of Israel and critic of Iran. The Israel lobby, globalized:

On one issue Feltman is remarkably consistent. When it comes to the Middle East, Feltman has been outspoken about the threats posed by Iran in the region. Whether in Beirut or Manama, he has publically denounced Iranian “interference” outside its own boundaries. At the same time, Feltman has generously offered US assistance to these same regimes. In other words, US interference is quite acceptable, but Iranian interference is utterly unacceptable. This might be adequate behavior for the diplomat of a country, but it is hardly the temperament for a senior UN official. It raises doubts about Feltman’s ability to be even-handed in his deliberations as a steward of the world’s political dilemmas.

Feltman’s intemperate logic was not of the distant past. It was on display in March 2012 at a Lebanese American Organization’s meeting at the Cannon Office Building in Washington, DC (as Franklin Lamb reported on this site this week). At this meeting, the former US Ambassador to Lebanon, instructed the Lebanese people as to what they must do in their next election, “The Lebanese people must join together to tell Hezbollah and its allies that the Lebanese state will no longer be hijacked for an Iranian-Syrian agenda.” The people must “use the 2013 parliamentary elections to defeat the remnants of the Syrian occupation, the pillar of which is Hezbollah.”….

A clear-eyed assessment comes from Karim Makdisi, who teaches at the American University of Beirut. Makdisi recalls Feltman’s role as Ambassador in the area, where he made himself an extremely divisive figure. Feltman pushed for UN Resolution 1559 from 2004, to disarm the Lebanese resistance, he supported the Israeli invasion in 2006, and he provided assistance to the March 14 political party against Hezbollah. In other words, Feltman actively took sides in a divided political landscape. Feltman’s appointment “would be a disaster and send exactly the wrong signal for the UN” to the region. Having recognized its weakness, the US knows that it will be the UN that takes the lead in Syria and elsewhere for the foreseeable future. Makdisi believes that in “anticipating a larger role for the UN,” the US wishes Feltman to be well-placed to “ensure that US interests are maintained as much as possible.” Whatever credibility remains with the UN will whittle in the region with this appointment.

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  1. annie
    annie
    May 27, 2012, 11:15 am

    Having recognized its weakness, the US knows that it will be the UN that takes the lead in Syria and elsewhere for the foreseeable future. Makdisi believes that in “anticipating a larger role for the UN,” the US wishes Feltman to be well-placed to “ensure that US interests are maintained as much as possible.”

    speaking of syria…recently reported the US was mulling over supplying weapons (excuse me, that’s from memory) stepping up pressure on syria.

    anyone not living under a rock is probably aware of the recent horrific massacre in homs. all the initial reports said it was the regime doing it, everyone condemned it.

    so who did it?

    http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/05/26/syria_massacre_more_than_90_killed_in_houla_homs_province.html

    Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria, said, according to CNN. Mood described the killings as a “brutal tragedy” but emphasized it isn’t clear who was responsible for the deaths, reports the Associated Press.

    the regimes response: “blamed the deaths on “armed terrorist gangs”.”

    Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, Homs Massacre; Real Story.

    naturally the syrian observatory said is was the regime. was it AQ?

    i think the feltman appointment is as much or more about syria as it is iran.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18221461#

    UN ‘refused to come’

    Our correspondent says local people are angry that the observers failed to intervene to stop the killing.

    Abu Emad, speaking from Houla, said their appeals to the monitors failed to produce action.

    “We told them at night, we called seven of them. We told them the massacre is being committed right now at Houla by the mercenaries of this regime and they just refused to come and stop the massacre.”

    can’t figure out why syria would agree to UN observers and then carry out a big massacre.

    • OlegR
      OlegR
      May 27, 2012, 6:12 pm

      Not Homs this time, Hula.
      /can’t figure out why syria would agree to UN observers and then carry out a big massacre./

      And i can’t figure out why would any liberal defend this regime,
      i really don’t.

      • annie
        annie
        May 27, 2012, 7:44 pm

        iow, you have figured it out? please explain.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        May 28, 2012, 8:47 am

        One possible explanation is that
        the massacre was a retaliation for this.

        “Arabian network Al-Arabia presents circumstantial evidence to support the claim of Syrian rebels that they have successfully assassinated Assad’s brother-in-law, Assaf Shaukat, describing black flags of mourning flown over his home town, and a high-security Assad visit to a Damascus hospital.

        The FSA announced a long list of top Syrian brass they assassinated, and the Assad regime attempted to refute this by broadcasting interviews with three of them. Damascus insists the rest of the list is also alive and well.”

        They attempted poisoning this guy.
        The massacre followed a few days later.

      • annie
        annie
        May 28, 2012, 1:28 pm

        not really following your logic oleg? how does massacring civilians make retribution for Syrian rebels allegedly carrying out this unconfirmed action.
        plus, it doesn’t address my question. can’t figure out why syria would agree to UN observers and then carry out a big massacre.

        maybe your logic is impaired.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        May 28, 2012, 3:48 pm

        It’s a matter of Alawite rulers executing collective
        punishment on the Sunni population for Sunni rebels/terrorist/insurgents actions.(Again this is a possible explanation
        proposed by one of our military correspondents so you feel free to ignore it if you like)

        Annie you seem to think that the logic of Middle Eastern male dictators
        and their advisers should work in the same way as the logic of liberal Californian female ceramic artists.People are different across the world they don’t think alike and they don’t reason alike.

        Further more if this action seems to you as utterly and clearly illogical that goes against the survival of the Assad regime to which i might agree
        (I think he is overplaying his hand and even the Russians now look at him as a liability)
        i would suggest that you read Barbara Tuchman’s
        The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

      • annie
        annie
        May 28, 2012, 6:19 pm

        People are different across the world they don’t think alike and they don’t reason alike……utterly and clearly illogical that goes against the survival of the Assad regime

        ok, then explain to me why you think it might be more logical for assad to do it than the ‘free syrian army’ or AQ?

        the articles already point to a very good reason why this massacre aligns with the goals of the ‘rebels’..in that they have no use for a ceasefire. they do not want things to stabalize until they are in power. they have already used the excuse of this massacre to claim they do not want a part of the ceasefire.

        so what reasons might you think of as logical as that? or are you saying it is utterly and clearly illogical that goes against the survival of the ‘free syrian army’?

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        May 29, 2012, 4:03 am

        I think that i don’t presume to know what goes on in Assad’s
        head what he knows about the situation in the world or in Syria
        i don’t know what his advisers tell him what his fears tell him
        what his prejudices tell him and i don’t know how he reasons under duress.
        I do know that the Alawite minority are scared sh#$less that they would
        lose and get slaughtered (with good reason) and that they get desperate more and more.
        That would explain the brutal retaliations.
        I don’t see at the moment any bright future for the Syrians even
        when they get Assad’s head, they are either heading for a long sectarian civil war or a short ethnic cleansing or genocide of the Alawites.

      • annie
        annie
        May 27, 2012, 8:36 pm

        Not Homs this time, Hula.

        you’re right. whoever named the video made a mistake and i repeated it. the voiceover and text says hula and the date indicates it was today.

        of course both sides will deny doing it.

      • talknic
        talknic
        May 27, 2012, 8:39 pm

        OlegR “And i can’t figure out why would any liberal defend this regime,
        i really don’t”

        Name one.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        May 28, 2012, 9:55 am

        And i can’t figure out why would any liberal defend this regime,
        i really don’t.

        And we an’t figure out why would any liberal defend Netenyahu, or Sharon, or Olmert, or Barak.

  2. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    May 27, 2012, 11:38 am

    RE: “A former aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, Jeffrey Feltman is reported to be about to get a big job at the UN, Under Secy Genl for Political Affairs.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Good old Jeffrey “Saint Nicholas” Feltman!

    SEE: How the US and Israel Hope to Destroy Hezbollah ~ Franklin Lamb, Counterpunch, 11/19/10

    (excerpt) “I’ve got these [expletive deleted] just where we want them Maura! Watch the 1000 slow cuts as we shred Hezbollah–who do they think they are? And we’ll do it by using 1757 and this time we’re going all the way. I told Israel to stay out of Lebanon because the IDF can’t defeat Hezbollah plus the whole region would burn. I will handle this and it will be my Christmas present to Lebanon.”
    So, reportedly, said Jeffrey Feltman in conversation with his former office staffer, now US Ambassador to Lebanon, Maura Connelly during October 17, 2010 visit with MP Walid Jumblatt at his Clemenceau residence.On December 12, 2008, Naharnet.com reported that “Former US Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman presented Prime Minister Fuad Siniora with what the American diplomat described as his personal Christmas present to Lebanon. Mr. Feltman assured PM Siniora that he will force Israel out of Ghajar village before the end of 2008.”
    As it turned out, Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and Lebanon never did receive Feltman’s promised 2008 Christmas present and Israel has its tanks and troops in Lebanon’s Ghajar village even as pressure mounts for ending its four-year illegal occupation of North Ghajar which, in violation of UNSCR 1701, Israel invaded in July 2006 and from which it has refused to withdraw. Feltman is now again assuring his Lebanese allies that he’s Santa Claus and Hezbollah’s head will adorn his sleigh during his Christmas eve rounds. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.counterpunch.org/lamb11192010.html

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      May 27, 2012, 5:50 pm

      I wonder how long it will take Feltman to reopen the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

      On the day it was attacked the Israelis rang Field Marshal Tantawi three times . No answer. 33 years of peace between Israel and Egypt and that is how much leverage they had.

      They had to ring DC to get someone there to call the Field Marshal.
      By the time the call went through the Israelis had retreated to a safe room at the back and the filing system was sequestered.

      So you can put as many Ziobots in influential positions as you want but you can’t make anybody love them.

  3. rws450
    rws450
    May 27, 2012, 2:06 pm

    It sounds much more convincing when a report comes from “UN Officials”. Yet as we see in this article, Mr Feltman is highly biased.

    Another example in the headlines right now regarding the massacre in Syria. The head of the UN Mission is Norwegian Maj Gen Robert Mood. His training since Norway has been at Nato War College, USMC University and USMC School of Advanced War Fighting.

    So the reports from the UN Mission to Syria need to be seen for what they are: reports thay may be heavily biased or distorted.

    • annie
      annie
      May 27, 2012, 4:06 pm

      His training since Norway has been at Nato War College, USMC University and USMC School of Advanced War Fighting.

      So the reports from the UN Mission to Syria need to be seen for what they are: reports thay may be heavily biased or distorted.

      do you mean reports that have come in, or that are about too? or do you think ‘we do not have the answer’ is biased?

  4. MRW
    MRW
    May 27, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Another Jewish Torquemada gets appointed to high office.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      May 27, 2012, 5:33 pm

      There have been very few Jewish Torquemadas over the last 2 millennia and there probably won’t be many over the next 2000 years. The big question is how much will survive of all the temporal power when the current structure collapses.

      And how much influence does the lobby have in Asia anyway ?

      • Avi_G.
        Avi_G.
        May 28, 2012, 2:51 am

        And how much influence does the lobby have in Asia anyway ?

        Like any other parasite, once the Lobby consumes its current host, it will move onto the next victim. Who will the Lobby’s next victim be? It’s hard to say as Jews certainly don’t have the numerical or the financial advantage in places like China, something they certainly have in the U.S.. The University of Shanghai certainly has no Dershowitzes. Nor does the National People’s Congress have any Jon Kyls.

      • MRW
        MRW
        May 30, 2012, 10:02 pm

        Seafoid, sure there have. Read this: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html
        You think Jews aren’t fully human? What about the Bey boys in Ottoman Turkey (Search the London Times, Henry Morgenthaler, 1916, letter to President Wilson). Or what’s happened to the Gazans in the last decade? Ethnicity or religion does not give anyone a pass in this regard.

  5. rws450
    rws450
    May 27, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Annie –

    Yesterday commondreams ran a story which included reference to UN attributing responsibility for the massacre to the Syrian gvt..

    I cannot find it there now (it seems they don’t archive their top of the page headline stories). Anyways, here is a similar story where the UN is effectively supporting the claims of our bombastic Secy of State:

    http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/18630275/syrian-opposition-urges-un-action-after-massacre

    My guess is that there is a power struggle within the UN Mission, with some reps wanting to honestly report and others eager to report anything in sync with the playbook (syria dictator massacring innoecents). Thus the importance of these UN leadership appointments.

    Patrrick Cockburn has a much better aricle on Syria at today’s CD.

    • annie
      annie
      May 27, 2012, 8:59 pm

      which included reference to UN attributing responsibility for the massacre to the Syrian gvt..

      rws, not sure if we read it the same way:

      The ceasefire was only sporadically implemented from the beginning. The government has always had more interest in its successful implementation, which would stabilise its authority, than the insurgents, who need to keep the pot of rebellion boiling. The UN monitoring team says that during the ceasefire “the level of offensive military operations by the government significantly decreased” while there has been “an increase in militant attacks and targeted killings”. But any credit the Syrian government might be hoping for in showing restraint will disappear if the latest atrocities are confirmed.

      ……..

      Could the present stalemate change as a result of the death of all those people in Houla on Friday? Internationally, the atrocity, if confirmed in detail, will increase pressure for foreign support for the insurgency and tighter sanctions on Syria.

      i first read about it here: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/05/syria-it-is-getting-urgent-for-assad-to-act.html

      i have not opened the links to look at the photos. i just cannot. it is too heinous a crime. inconceivable cold blooded murder.

      my first comment by the bbc..about them calling the UN while it was going on..if that is true why would the monitors stay away? i am completely not understanding that. but the UN has not confirmed that either so perhaps it is not true. the implications, if the syrian gov carried it out, and the UN was alerted and did not show up..is sever. any outcome has sever implications. i am not even in complete trust of the UN after what happened in libya.

      these are desperate alarming measures to carry this out in the midst of UN observers during a ceasefire. huge international attention. horrid implications because it means it will go on and on. intentional killing/slaughter of children is always inexcusable regardless of the circumstance.

    • annie
      annie
      May 27, 2012, 9:16 pm

      rws, re your link…

      “United Nations observers have confirmed that dozens of men, women, and children were killed and hundreds more wounded in a vicious assault that involved a regime artillery and tank barrage on a residential neighborhood.

      notice how it stops short of saying the regime did it? iow, they confirmed (and i read this elsewhere) the artillery was of the same as the regimes. this was before the AP/ UN update saying they didn’t know who did it.

      b, @MOA:

      The UN monitors found debris of tank and artillery ammunition in Houla that would be consistent with the use of government weapons.

      back you your link:

      The UN mission said 92 bodies, 32 of them children aged less than 10, had been counted in Houla after reports of an artillery bombardment by President Bashar al Assad’s forces, AFP reported.

      ‘after reports’ of an artillery bombardment by Assad, is not quite the same as saying ‘after the UN reported’ an artillery bombardment by Assad.

      everything stops a little short of saying the UN said the regime did it.

      • Samuel T
        Samuel T
        May 27, 2012, 11:24 pm

        It is common place among [diplomatic entities] to hold to two separate accounts of what took place. The public announcement reflects ambiguity, retractability, plausible deniability as to confirmed sources, in an effort to postpone immediate and decisive action. The actual factual record, is not announced publicly until a consensus of approval or disapproval is formed or to put in other words, the right people are lending their support. Personally, I believe the World would benefit more by the actions of leaders as opposed to the inaction of politicians.

        The “right thing” to do is seldom popular or risk free. Does the UN need to declare who did it? Are (we) under the impression that private citizens have access to tanks and artillery ammunition?

        As horrific as the murders of men, women and children are in Syria, Syrians killing Syrians, it’s nice to take a break from that gruesome reality and focus on the “This jewish guy, may be, about to, possibly, get a perhaps, job at the UN.” because that is definitely, more important then condemning the unilateral, dictatorial, actions of a “regime” that is killing it’s own people. [note: sarcasm: MINE]

      • annie
        annie
        May 28, 2012, 8:14 am

        The public announcement reflects ambiguity, retractability, plausible deniability as to confirmed sources, in an effort to postpone immediate and decisive action.

        sammy, the public announcements also reflect deceit. or do you think using a photo from iraq 03 was merely a glitch/oversite?

        again:

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9293620/BBC-News-uses-Iraq-photo-to-illustrate-Syrian-massacre.html

      • rws450
        rws450
        May 28, 2012, 2:16 pm

        Annie –

        Your quote is from the cockburn article which was quite good. I mentioned and contrasted that in my comment.

        If you look at other stories, like the one I linked to, or look a the actual AP story which claims no attribution of responsiblity there is headline “UN Blames Syrian Forces for Massacre”. Some elemens of UN are trying to retain some objectivity while others just go along as Clinton and company rail against the dictator and claim their solidarity with peaceful protesters.

        The massacre was probably NOT perpetrated by Syrian army. The “rebels” are the only ones who stand to gain by it. WTF they have been promised tens of millions of dollars in SALARIES! All reports indicate that while portions of population support the ‘rebels’ there are many other sectors fearful or deeply opposed to them. If there were investigators looking into this, it would be revealing to learn the sentiments of the community that was massacred … not the city but the actual community. Were they pro or anti “rebel”?
        Back to the original point: the UN has been thoroughly corrupted and is sometimes used as a tool by you-know-who.

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    May 27, 2012, 4:56 pm

    So, boiled down, UN needs to retain a Jewish Zionist as hefty leader, just to survive financially.

  7. Abdul-Rahman
    Abdul-Rahman
    May 27, 2012, 11:08 pm

    To add to what Annie Robbins was discussing. There has been much contradictory info reported regarding the killing of civilians (including children) in Houla in the Syrian Homs Governorate. Even the opposition says that the Syrian army was shelling Houla, indicating that there were “Free Syrian Army” fighters in Houla and the very act of the Syrian army shelling Houla means they couldn’t get into it at that time (i.e. that’s why you shell someplace if your armed enemy is located there and holed up there).

    Yet the killed civilians by all accounts (whether government or opposition) appear to have mostly been killed close-up (and also by knives in most instances). How exactly did the Syrian army that was shelling the society (as the opposition and the Western mainstream media that supports them, despite their admitted al-Qaeda links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Nusra_Front_to_Protect_the_Levant) then someone get in close quarters were they could supposedly be the ones responsible for stabbing people to death? Add to this that the mainstream media has discredited themselves yet again regarding this instance with a glaring “accident” made by the BBC http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9293620/BBC-News-uses-Iraq-photo-to-illustrate-Syrian-massacre.html (using a photo taken by Marco di Lauro in Iraq in 2003 and claiming it was Houla, Syria yesterday)

    And again those blaming the Syrian army right away are completely ignoring and trying to cover up the existence of armed extremists that have put out their own professional al-Qaeda videos online claiming countless attacks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCV2ipgOI9o

    This is also the same al-Qaeda affiliated “Al-Nusra Front” and “Free Syrian Army” armed rebels that even the Vatican itself has confirmed has engaged in violent ethnic cleansing of over 90% of the Syrian Christian community of Homs, Syria. http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=31228&lan=eng. Quite similar to the violent ethnic cleansing and murder of Black Libyans within Libyan by the al-Qaeda affiliated Benghazi rebels (who are heavily linked to bin Laden, Zawahiri, and the Taliban via Abdel Hakim Belhadj and the “Libyan Islamic Fighting Group” http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/09/libyan-rebels-listed-by-us-state.html ) and NO these Black Africans (either migrant workers or Black Libyans themselves) were not supposed “mercenaries” for Gaddafi that claim was refuted even by anti-Gaddafi Western organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch http://www.rnw.nl/africa/article/hrw-no-mercenaries-eastern-libya-0 and http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/06/481209.html “Amnesty: no evidence of mass rape, mercenaries or air strikes by Libyan regime” by Patrick Cockburn

    • annie
      annie
      May 28, 2012, 8:29 am

      NO these Black Africans (either migrant workers or Black Libyans themselves) were not supposed “mercenaries” for Gaddafi that claim was refuted even by anti-Gaddafi Western organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights

      Abdul-Rahman, have you watched the humanitarian war? Amnesty International’s credibility is in the tank as far as i am concerned.

      http://www.laguerrehumanitaire.fr/english

  8. Abdul-Rahman
    Abdul-Rahman
    May 27, 2012, 11:15 pm

    I meant to say how could the Syrian army that everyone (government and opposition) agrees was shelling Houla (because of the presence of armed “Free Syrian Army” fighters) how could this same Syrian army that couldn’t get into Houla and was reduced to simply shelling it because of holed up “FSA” rebels in the village; how could it be these same Syrian soldiers that then supposedly got close up where they could allegedly be the ones responsible for stabbing people to death??!

    And with this in mind: CUI BONO, who benefits?! The Assad governments (both father and son) have stayed in power for 40 years not by being stupid (no matter what else one thinks about them) this action clearly benefits the opposition and thus the opposition armed insurgents (“FSA”, Al-Nusra Front, and others) that everyone admits were in Houla (leading to the Syrian army shelling Houla) should be the first suspects in this incident as it clearly is being used as propaganda to call for a supposed “humanitarian intervention” again (i.e. aerial bombardment by NATO). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Nusra_Front_to_Protect_the_Levant

      • Avi_G.
        Avi_G.
        May 28, 2012, 3:01 am

        Annie,

        I apologize before hand for the off topic comment.

        The name Abdul Rahman translates to Worshiper of the Merciful (i.e. God).

        In Arabic, Abd = Worshiper (Incidentally, the name for Sunflower in Arabic means Worshiper of the Sun, because it follows the sun’s path in the sky).

        AL (or “UL” when transliterated from spoken language) = of, the

        Rahh-man = Merciful

        In Islam, God has 99 names which describe his characteristics/traits. In this case, “Merciful” is one of those names.

        That is why many Arabic names have “Abd-ul” = Worshiper of.

        It’s a slightly different name structure than is common in the West where the first name is usually made up of one word. Mind you, transliteration often adds to this confusion.

        End of lecture.

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        May 28, 2012, 3:27 am

        OT but interesting anyway Avi G.

        So is the sensible contraction of Abdul Rahman as Annie wrote it (Abdul), something else, or in Arabic a name such as Abdul Rahman wouldn’t be shortened…?

      • Avi_G.
        Avi_G.
        May 28, 2012, 5:43 am

        Sumud,

        Well, here’s the thing, the shortened version –when used — should be “Abed”, not “Abdul”.

        But, the shortened version is informal/familiar. Therefore, it should only be used when one knows the person on a personal level. Otherwise, it can be misconstrued as either rude, or in some cases, racist (depending on the context).

      • annie
        annie
        May 28, 2012, 8:08 am

        thanks avi, i should have remembered that. susie abulhawa explained that to me once, we were discussing a character in a play..someone had named a child abdul and she informed me that would be unlikely for the same reason.

  9. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    May 27, 2012, 11:52 pm

    The UN should set up shop in Antarctica, so everyone stays cool and nobody can tell anyone else not to be welcome. Every country gets equal voting rights and–

    Yeah, I know. When hell freezes over.

    • Avi_G.
      Avi_G.
      May 28, 2012, 3:12 am

      Not to be a broken record, but the UN is an outdated and useless organization that should be scrapped. And it’s run by ancient geezers who are still stuck in the 1940s and remain in their jobs mainly for the lucrative salaries and benefits.

      In fact, Florida’s retirement communities are far more productive than the UN. At least in Florida they play Golf and Bingo several times a week.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        May 28, 2012, 3:57 pm

        I second that motion.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        May 28, 2012, 6:46 pm

        I think rather than scrapping it, the SC should have no members with veto power, the GA should be permitted to make resolutions binding with, say, 2/3 majorities, and all states should be required to provide armed forces to implement such resolutions. That would be a start.

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