Cruz and Graham: Defund the UN

Cruz and Graham: Defund the UN
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[Ed. – I think Jazz Shaw misreads the situation, frankly.  It’s not “extortion” to refuse on principle to keep funding the activities of an organization that has behaved so egregiously against stability, justice, AND its own principles.  And as things stand, Obama has killed the UN as a lever of diplomatic power for America.  There has to be a reset now.  No “continuity” is possible.  Meanwhile, there’s no way Trump will “kick this to Congress.”  He’ll be the one taking the lead, whatever he decides.]

Who’ll be jammed up more by this, congressional Democrats or Trump?

“It’s that important to me,” [Graham] told CNN. “This is a road we haven’t gone down before. If you can’t show the American people that international organizations can be more responsible, there is going to be a break. And I am going to lead that break.” …

Ted Cruz chipped in yesterday…

What penalty would the U.S. suffer at the UN for withholding funding? Is Trump comfortable with potentially forfeiting a lever of diplomatic power within his first few weeks in office in order to make a point about U.S. support for Israel? Would other countries walk out in protest of the U.S. trying to extort the UN financially into changing a policy that had unanimous support in the Security Council and wasn’t even opposed by the U.S. just because there’s a new administration in Washington?

I suppose there’s a third option: Trump could try to boot the issue to Democrats by declaring that he’d sign a bill that defunds the UN if it can get through the Senate.

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