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How Do You Spell “Chutzpa” in Korean?

Because the Secretary General has it – and demonstrates again why we ought to let the Third World Debating Club on the Hudson find a new home:

A day after his White House meeting with President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the United States a “deadbeat” donor to the world body while making the made the rounds on Capitol Hill.

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“He used the word ‘deadbeat’ when it came to characterizing the United States. I take great umbrage (over) that,” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the panel’s senior Republican, said after an hour-long, closed-door meeting. “We certainly contribute a whole lot of U.S. taxpayer dollars to that organization. We do not deserve such a phrase.

Interviewed after the session, Ban said he had wanted to draw attention to the fact that the U.S. agrees to pay 22 percent of the U.N.’s $4.86 billion operating budget, but is perennially late with its dues — and now is about $1 billion behind on its payments.
That figure is “soon to be $1.6 billion,” Ban emphasized. Asked if he’d used the word ‘deadbeat’ during the meeting, he replied, “Yes, I did — I did,” then laughed mischievously.

The ultimate deadbeat institution which can, unsurprisingly, find more ways to waste money than the US government, calls the country that pays 22% of its cost and host to the parasites that represent their backwater potentates the “deadbeat” ?

Ban certainly demonstrates a lot of respect for the country and the new administration doesn’t he?  So far this new relationship with the world is going swimmingly, as the UK can attest.

But there’s a glimmer of hope apparently. Ban has given Obama some budget advice:

Obama seeks a 9.5 percent increase in international affairs spending, which Yeo said would be enough to cover not only next year’s U.S. dues to the U.N., but also $1 billion in arrears.

Amazing. And we’ll end up handing it all over, just watch.

~McQ

6 Responses to How Do You Spell “Chutzpa” in Korean?

  • The UN is utterly useless.  We should withdraw and kick the the headquarters out of the country.  As far as I can see there would be no downside to such an action.  The UN has been a bad joke as long as I can remember.

  • And maybe someone on our side should use the phrase “go f**k yourself” to draw attention to the fact that Banky should go and f**k himself.

  • Nobody has more contempt for the UN than I, but allow me to be contrarian:

    If we owe the UN money, we ought to pay.  In full.  As soon as possible.

    If you owe money to somebody, you pay because it’s the right thing for an honorable, honest man to do.  You don’t weasel out because the person you owe happens to be a despicable toad.  You pay up.

    And then you make damned sure you never, EVER owe him another red cent by never, EVER associating with that sort of person again.

    • Sounds fine to me.  Pay what we legally owe to the UN, if anything, then kick them out.  Good riddance.  Sell the UN Building site off to try and recoup some of the money wasted on them all these years.

  • Aren’t there some Gitmo folks who need a place to go?

  • I can’t help but agree.

    Make the UN get a new home. Stop contributions after the existing “agreed” payments are made.

    Use our Security Council veto to oppose everything even vaguely questionable other than “disband the UN” (which of course the UN will never, itself, agree to do, unless it is first made impossible to use it for anything else that benefits the SC members – thus the “stop everything else unless they manage to come up with a good idea for once” clause).