…in American aid. Which is money we should not be surprised at all should President Trump do his best to remove from the federal budget over the slap these countries issued to us at the UN this week.
First, the list. Then a little commentary.
Burkina Faso: $74,469,144
Cabo Verde: $5,044,716
Costa Rica: $14,650,552
Cote D’Ivoire: $161,860,737
Papua New Guinea: $14,836,598
South Korea: $3,032,086
Saint Vincent: $612,000
Saudi Arabia: $732,875
South Africa: $597,218,298
Sri Lanka: $27,192,841
United Arab Emirates: $1,140,659
United Kingdom: $3,877,820
I had a column on this subject at The American Spectator this morning encouraging the president to dump foreign aid to this collection of kleptocrats, Islamicists and Eurotrash. A sample…
Previous American administrations lacked the sand to do the simple, obvious thing and place the embassy in Jerusalem. Previous American administrations would have let themselves be mau-maued into backing off such a position out of a fear of “world opinion.”
This is the first administration in a long time to recognize that “world opinion” consists of the bloviations of Third World kleptocrats, Islamic supremacists from the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Russian satrapies and Eurotrash sitzpinklers from countries torpidly micturating on their cultural patrimony as a hijra of millions descend upon them. In short, Trump recognizes the UN is a collection of crooks and frauds, not statesmen, and deserves no better treatment than it gives its host and patron.
The American people have long recognized this. It hardly requires much attention to understand that when Iran and Cuba are put in charge of the Human Rights Commission the whole organization isn’t to be taken seriously, and when the UN is given a mission like peacekeeping or arms control and the result turns out to be a series of prostitution rings and massive bribery schemes, any intelligent person would recognize that to support those missions with American tax dollars is to compound the theft.
So let’s hope Trump and Haley weren’t just making idle threats. Let’s hope there are real consequences to these enemies and false friends who delivered their pinpricks to us this week.
Yes, many of these are Muslim countries who cannot be expected to act rationally where the subject of Israel is concerned. That is hardly an excuse, though – allowing low standards of behavior from Muslim countries is one reason the world is in such a sorry state at present. Five billion dollars apiece for Afghanistan and Iraq should damn sure have bought an abstention from them, and that money should be a non-starter in next year’s federal budget.
As for the rest, as I said – a lump of coal in the Christmas stocking, and no more.
Turkey and Yemen were the co-sponsors of this resolution, which is a direct affront to American sovereignty. The Turks are busy persecuting Christians with a particular violence at present and ought to be made to pay a price for it, so perhaps it’s time for a rather aggressive American departure from our current friendly (if not obsequious) policy toward that burgeoning Islamist dictatorship.
The Kurds have earned their right to an independent state, have they not? Perhaps we should entertain discussions with them about recognizing them as such – and to hell what the Turks think about the question.