The US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, will step down from his post when his recess appointment ends. Bolton would probably not win a nomination fight with the Democratic-controlled Senate, and he’s been quite vocal about the problems he’s faced at Turtle Bay.
To replace him, President Bush should nominate no one.
The United States should formally begin a process from withdrawal from the United Nations. The UN no longer stands as a body that perpetuates peace, but as the most corrupt and reprehensible organization on the planet. The US should not fund nor should we participate an institution that engages in frequent human-rights abuses against the very people they’re trying to help. From child abuse to sex slavery to the largest financial scandal in human history, the UN has proven itself to be utterly unworthy of US funding or attention.
The UN is more concerned with attacking Israel than combating the abuses of its own peacekeepers. They’d rather criticize the United States than deal with the fact that their own troops are raping children, facilitating the slave trade, and engaging in bribery. Why should we involve ourselves with an agency that lacks the moral fortitude to call Darfur an act of genocide? The world knows it is, yet the UN has consistently refused to invoke the Articles in Contravention of Genocide and actually do something about the situation.
Bolton’s departure is a loss for the United States, and undoubtedly the Democrats would prefer to replace him with someone more amenable to the wretched status quo in Turtle Bay. Bush should do them no favors in that regard. The United Nations has had chance after chance to prove itself worthy — and each time they have failed.
The President should work with his colleagues in democratic states across the globe to form a new international community that is based strictly on democratic membership. States like India, the world’s most populous democracy, are given short shrift by the UN in favor of autocratic states like Russia or China. That produces an outcome that naturally favors autocracy and brutality while chest-thumping resolutions condemning responsible states for far less egregious acts become the norm. A true international force for justice would not allow for such waste. Instead, the United States and other democratic nations should form a Community of Democracies dedicated to preserving and expanding the protections of democratic values and human rights across the globe.
The UN has abrogated its mission, they have betrayed their values, and they have failed to do their duty. If they cannot change, and with Bolton’s departure the chances of reform seem slim, then it is time to create an institution that will.
UPDATE: Corrected Ambassador Bolton’s name.