Kofi Annan’s deputy has attacked the United States, Rush Limbaugh and FoxNews, expending more words on condemning our country and parts of its news media than I have ever heard any U.N. senior official spend condemning Kim Jung Il, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, or anyone in Sudan’s leadership.
“The prevailing practice of seeking to use the U.N. almost by stealth as a diplomatic tool while failing to stand up for it against its domestic critics is simply not sustainable….You will lose the U.N. one way or another.”
We. Can. Only. Hope.
Asked by journalists today why he had decided to provoke the United States, Brown began backpeddling:
I think I don’t need to tell any of you that I have been deeply criticized by the G-77 in recent months for telling them that they too need to get their house in order and engage iaround this reform agenda. But it takes two sides to make a bargain, and to me it was enormously important to deliver that call to my American friends. But to do it in a way, and this is where you all have, and I really do urge you to read the speech, to do it in a way, that is not, that can be possibly characterized as anti-US, but which is intended as a very pro-US speech, in that its central point is an appeal for more consistent public leadership by the United States in the United Nations. And it is a critique not just of this Administratiuon but of Adminsitrations going all the way back to Truman although in my delivery of it Ted Sorenmson sort of made a pitch that maybe Kennedy should be exempted from this, but that we just not…but it has been very hard for Administrations to stand up and publicly avow the extraordinary use they make of the United Nations, so that was the appeal, which was: Engage here. Engage consistently and go out and engage with the American public to say the U.N. matters. And for the life of me I can’t understand how that can be construed as an anti-American speech