UN Chief: US Can be Replaced, Cough Up the Money

Written by Edith Lederer, 6-21-17, at MSN:

Pardon the source, but I was trolling and came across this and MSN seems to be the only one who’s posted on this little ‘talking to’ that the UN Secretary General is giving to President Trump. It’s so full of doublespeak that I couldn’t pass it up.

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that if the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced — and that won’t be good for America or for the world.

Guterres made clear to reporters at his first press conference here since taking the reins of the United Nations on Jan. 1 that proposed cuts in U.S. funding for the U.N. would be disastrous and create “an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N.”

Replace the US?? We should be so lucky! I seriously doubt if there’s another country or countries that are willing to take on ‘developing nations’ as dependents.

But the U.N. chief stressed that he is not afraid to stand up to President Donald Trump, citing his vocal opposition to the U.S. leader’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. He said the mobilization of U.S. business and civil society in support or the climate deal is “a signal of hope that we very much encourage.”

Looking at the array of global crises, Guterres expressed concern that there could be a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia over Syria and urged a de-escalation of the dispute between Washington and Moscow over the U.S. downing of a Syrian jet.

That ‘direct confrontation’ might not be such a problem if every Democrat in the US weren’t uttering the words RussiaRussiaRussia with every breath. He wants our money, but he has the audacity to chastise us for our actions in Syria. I seriously doubt if that will get him very far with Trump.

This is very important, he said, “because these kind of incidents can be very dangerous in a conflict situation in which there are so many actors, and in which the situation is so complex on the ground.”

The U.N. chief said he has been actively involved in trying to promote “effective mediation” in a large number of global conflicts including South Sudan, Congo, Central African Republic, Syria, Libya and more recently Afghanistan and Cyprus.

“That doesn’t mean that problems are easy to be solved,” he said. “In a world where power relations are unclear and where impunity and unpredictability tend to prevail, what we see is that the capacity of prevention and conflict resolution of the international community as a whole, but also of the U.N. in particular, are today severely limited.

They’re severely limited without more US dollars to waste.  When their response, much like the libs in the US, is to merely throw more money at it, naturally more of our money solves a lot of problems.

Nonetheless, Guterres said: “I intend to go on very actively engaged in these kind of contacts.”

He reiterated, however, that he thought the most likely successful mediation of the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should be regional like the current effort led by Kuwait.

But he said if the United States gets involved in mediation, “that, of course, will be welcome if they are able to do so in an effective way.”

By ‘effective way’ he means we should fork over more money and then butt out while they treat Israel horribly and make nice with the other socialists and the muslims.

He also said the U.N. has not taken any initiative in mediation of the North Korean nuclear dispute, leaving the effort at the moment to the Security Council.

“We know that there are important talks taking place by different countries that have leverage and influence in relation to the countries in the region,” Guterres said.

The secretary-general, who served as U.N. high commissioner for refugees for 10 years, chose World Refugee Day for the press conference and appealed to all U.N. member states not to refuse entry to those seeking asylum and deserving protection.

He also urged rich countries to do much more to support the 80 percent of the world’s refugees living in the developing world — and to increase the number of refugees they will give new homes to.

The United States is “by far the largest resettlement country in the world” with a “very generous and positive policy,” Guterres said.

I couldn’t help but notice how he singled out the US. Gee, thanks for pointing that out, Antonio, but rest assured, we’re working to correct that mistake.

But Trump is moving to significantly reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the US, even as his bid to temporarily suspend admissions is stalled in the courts. His budget proposal calls for a 25 percent cut in funds for resettling refugees on American soil.

Guterres said he has strongly encouraged the United States “to come back to the levels of resettlement that we witnessed until two or three years ago.”

The secretary-general announced that he plans to visit Washington soon to engage “positively and constructively” with members of Congress on the need for the United States as the largest contributor to U.N. budgets to maintain support for the 193-member world organization.

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Guterres made this statement on Tues, June 20th which is recognized as World Refugee Day. I don’t think his choice of dates was random. His intent was to urge all nations, primarily the US, to open their doors to unvetted refugees who ‘deserve protection’.

He may be in for a harsh surprise if he thinks he can go around Trump and address Congress. It’s just not in Trump’s makeup to allow himself to be overlooked, especially as POTUS. I’m curious what Trump’s reaction will be to this, but I hope it’s not in the form of more of those teenager style tweets he’s so fond of posting.

~Kathy



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5 replies

    • You know, he takes his importance seriously. I don’t.

      Without the US funding it, the UN would become the 3rd world org it should be. I love watching Nikki Haley put them in their place as far as Human Rights. She pulled us out of the HRC.

      This Secretary General needs to learn some respect.

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  1. Dear Secretary-General Guterres,

    You said if the U.S. disengages from many issues confronting the “international community” this won’t be good for America OR for the world, and that it would create “an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N.” Assuming you’re correct this begs the question, what is the world going to do about it? It seems to me that if U.S. disengagement portends bad things for the world, then it’s up to the world to give the U.S. a good reason not to disengage. We are open to hearing what YOU have to offer.

    Please note the reasons that we are reconsidering our partnership with the U.N., namely that our disproportionate support of the U.N. and long history of leadership in the world is not rewarded by a matching degree of influence in that body. It is demanded that we pay more, do more and be more than any other nation, yet we are treated as if we offer no more than anyone else. This unacceptable imbalance must change. The U.S. no longer has an interest in sustaining an organization that does not share American values with respect to liberty, humanity, tyranny and state sovereignty. Our values have made the U.S. the most coveted nation to immigrate to, and as such we assert that the U.S. is entitled to a level of deference at the U.N. commensurate with our historic role in the world. A world body that seeks to promote peace, freedom and prosperity should logically take its cues from nations that have led in these areas, and not be unduly influenced by members that don’t demonstrate a shared interest in these values.

    You bemoan that “power relations are unclear,” and this neutralizes the U.N. with respect to international conflict resolution. The lack of clarity in power relations at the U.N. is a consequence of misguided leadership that ignores common sense and pretends that all nations are equal in a leadership sense when obviously they are not. Each nation’s influence should be in proportion to their place of influence in the world outside of the U.N., discounted by any hostility to democratic values and/or threatening behavior towards their neighbors or towards their own people. Adopting this kind of common sense would bring clarity to power roles within the U.N. and enable it to deal more effectively with international conflict, and this in turn would go a long way to reducing the need for resettling refugees. To put it another way, stop doing things backasswords. Incidentally, when was the last time an American held the position of Secretary General? Common sense should start there, particularly since you have taken the unwise step of declaring that you are “not afraid to stand up to” the leader of the nation whose support means so much to the U.N. Something tells me that President Trump isn’t afraid to stand up to you either, and that it’s probably time for you to go.

    Sincerely and with all due respect,
    CW

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