Tuesday, March 14

Leftist policy mag owned by the WaPo screams about Trump proposal to cut funding to U.N: "End of the World!"

"Foreign Policy Magazine" was owned by the WaPo Company before being swept into "Graham Holdings" (for the owner of the Post).  It's pretty far left.

As far as I can determine, the U.S. State Department has been run by communists for at least 70 years.  This is why State does so many things that seem insanely anti-American to normal people, and why the WaPo loves State and everything it stands for.

American contributions to the U.N. are funneled thru State.  A week or so ago the Trump administration notified the department to expect a large cut in U.S. funding for U.N. programs.  Now Foreign Policy Magazine has fired up the Dems, leftists and fellow-travellers with an article screaming that any cuts would be a disaster--an "unprecedented retreat" by Trump from wonderful U.N. operations that supposedly "keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen."

As one interviewee said "You're basically talking about the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”

The article describes the proposed cuts as "reinforcing a shift by the Trump administration from U.S. support for diplomacy and foreign assistance to increased financial support for the U.S. military."  So if you needed a second reason to be against the cuts, there it is:  Can't go increasing support for the U.S. military, eh?

According to the Foreign Policy story, the proposed Trump budget is "facing strong opposition in congress," and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the president’s budget is “probably not” going to be passed.  Peter Yeo, president of a U.N. advocacy group called the Better World Campaign, said congress "is unlikely to go along with these disproportionate cuts.” 

The story cleverly avoids ever stating the total U.S. contribution to all U.N. programs, instead saying that we provide "over 22 percent of the U.N.’s $2.5 billion administrative budget," and noting other billion-dollar contributions at widely-scattered points.  For example, "Washington pays billions of dollars for peacekeepers and helps underwrite a swarm of other programs that supposedly fight hunger, settle refugees and "battle climate change."

Ah, there ya go:  Wouldn't wanna cut any U.S. financial support for U.N. programs to "battle climate change," eh?

Or consider Sub-Saharan Africa:  Bathsheba Crocker, former assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs in the Obama empire, said steep cuts in the U.S. voluntary funding account could imperil programs responding to major humanitarian calamities, dealing with political crises, and combating terrorists.

Sounds like Bathsheba has touched all the bases, eh?  I mean, warning that cuts in U.S. funding could imperil programs for fighting terrorists.  Yeah, State and the U.N. really are big on fighting terrorism, right?  That's why they support the Palestinians with billions of dollars of aid per year.
  
Meanwhile a "major U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali" is “helping with the counterterrorism threats in the region. This is deeply in the national security interest of the United States,” Crocker said.

Bottom line:  The Democrats and their allies in the Lying Mainstream Media will do everything in their power to describe any Trump proposal to cut U.S. funding for the U.N. as Armageddon.  They'll wail that it's our responsibility to keep funding every corrupt, useless program run by the cesspool that is the U.N.

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