The United States created the United Nations; now the United
States should kill it. The bloated bureaucracy has become
moribund, corrupt and is a hotbed of anti-American
propaganda. The United States should pull the financial plug
and let the institution pass peacefully into history.
Not only has the U.N. failed to realize its original
peacekeeping vision, it has recast its original vision and
now sees its role to be the administrator of global
governance. The creation of the International Criminal Court
in 1998, and the unending efforts to establish global taxing
authority are the last remaining elements needed to empower
the U.N. to enforce sovereign equality over all nations –
including the U.S.
Had the Democrats won the 2000 presidential election,
both of these elements would likely be in place. George
Bush, however, withdrew the U.S. signature from the
International Criminal Court Charter, and he blocked the
advance of global taxing authority at the U.N.'s Monterrey
Conference on Financing Development. Democrats, the U.N. and
much of the world severely criticized the Bush
administration for what they called "unilateral cowboy"
The International Criminal Court claims authority over
all nations – including the U.S. – even though the U.S. is
not a party to it. To protect U.S. soldiers from political
harassment, the Bush administration negotiated an exemption
resolution by the U.N. Security Council two years ago. That
exemption expires on June 30.
Kofi Annan opposed any renewal of the exemption.
According to the New York Times, Annan said:
"I think in this circumstance it would be unwise to press
for an exemption, and it would be even more unwise on the
part of the Security Council to grant it. It would discredit
the Council and the United Nations that stands for rule of
law and the primacy of the rule of law."
Say what? Exactly which "rule of law" authorizes the
corruption in the U.N.'s oil for food program? Which "rule
of law" authorizes the corruption in the office of the
In the face of certain defeat, the Bush administration
withdrew the resolution from further consideration.
Now, the United States should withdraw its troops from
all U.N. peacekeeping operations. The U.S. should stop
payment of all peacekeeping funds and remove the item from
next year's budget.
This action should signal the beginning of an orderly
withdrawal from the United Nations system, while the United
States redefines its role in the international community.
The United States has already negotiated bilateral
agreements with 89 nations to protect U.S. citizens from ICC
jurisdiction. This effort should be expanded. It makes no
sense to continue to support the U.N., an organization whose
goal is the creation of a system of global governance that
is antithetical to the system of governance created by the
Instead, the United States should fashion a foreign
policy that celebrates and encourages individual freedom,
representative government and equal national sovereignty.
As difficult as this course may be, it is the only course
the U.S. can follow and be true to its founding principles.
As foggy as the battlefield in Iraq may be, it could be the
phoenix from which rises a prototype of the new vision of
U.S. foreign policy.
The new policy should honor every nation's right to
choose its own form of government, so long as it poses no
threat to the United States. When any nation, regardless of
its form of government, becomes a threat to U.S. security,
then the U.S. should remove the threat and encourage
reconstruction on the principles of freedom.
The U.N.'s vision of global governance is built upon
socialism, a system that cannot sustain its own bureaucratic
weight. An American vision of equal sovereignty for all
nations envisions a world community of voluntary cooperation
and mutual benefit – without a global authority, a global
tax, a global court, a global army – or a secretary-general.