pinkmonkeybird

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Call for kofi's ouster grows

Once in awhile I reproduce a post I have lodged in BowieNet in this blog, or vice versa. Here we go again.

I live in liberal Democrat controlled Minneapolis, home of the leftist StarTribune. This morning the Strib publishes this front page story reporting that Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman's call for Kofi's resignation is gaining strength.

""I don't think he's safe. ... I think he's holding on, but not by much," said Julian Zelizer, a congressional historian and professor at Boston University. He said the oil-for-food scandal is undermining the U.N.'s legitimacy with many in the world.

Coleman appears to have tapped into political gold by focusing on the U.N., winning a groundswell of publicity.

"It will continue to give him notoriety, especially with conservatives," Zelizer said. "The U.N. is a big issue for Republican conservatives. It's almost as symbolic as abortion. ... It's a symbol of the international pressures that the U.S. doesn't want to be bound by anymore." He called it "a win-win position" for Coleman because, while it increases his national standing with conservatives, it's unlikely to affect his standing among moderates: "There's not much for him to lose by taking this stand, and there's a lot for him to gain."

Zelizer said the idea of withholding dues represents "the biggest bite that the U.S. could take against the U.N.""

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With newly appointed ambassador to the UN, John Bolton to help Coleman, we can expect quite a bit of leverage to be applied for Mr. Annan to step down from his ivory tower as Secretary General.

The United Nations is too important an international body to be weakened by Annan's presence, having been at the helm of this organization during the biggest mishandling of funds in its history. And the fact that Mr. Annan's son and brother are under investigation only deepens the urgency.

I find this sentence interesting;

"Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said other nations perceive it as arrogant."

I don't find it the least bit arrogant. I think it is simply necessary. What I find to be arrogant is little man Kofi Annan saying "Hell no" and insisting on remaining in the chair despite the fact that his lost credibility is damaging the effectiveness of the United Nations.

That is the height of arrogance. Kofi should step down, and now. Hell yeah!

2 Comments:

  • At 12:00 AM, Blogger R-Five said…

    Remember when the Strib lampooned Norm Coleman? Now it's Kofi they make fun off in Sack cartoons. If you're lib and lose the Strib's support, you're done.

     
  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Welcome back to Comments, R-Five. I was afraid I scared you off with that sexism crack I made awhile back concerning Carol Platt Liebau.

    But yeah, you're right. Kofi's goose is cooked. When will Sack lampoon Speed Gibson, I wonder? I'd say you've got it comin'.

     

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