Long time readers of this blog know that Iím not very happy with the United Nations. I think that itís a corrupt, money hungry organization that routinely fails to live up to itís promises or hype. Nothing would make me happier to live long enough to witness itís end.
Supporters claim that it provides a great service to the majority of the worldís population and governments. The voices and concerns of smaller nations would remain unaired and unheard without the forum that the UN provides. If this is the case then I think the world can do it cheaper and more efficiently. Tear down the UN and replace it with something thatís not impotent with a bloated bureaucracy, doesnít pander to despots and murderous dictators, and isnít reflexively anti-American.
Considering all that, it should be a surprise that I wasnít very enthused when I read this news item. (Hat tip to Sondra K.) It seems that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that will require the UN to reform in order to avoid a serious reduction in contributions from the United States. The purpose is to force reform and reduce corruption.
The reason why I donít support this move is because it allows the UN to hedge itís bets. They can lurch along for decades on a reduced cash flow from the US, while cutting them off completely might just cause a total collapse. Token attempts at reform will allow supporters to claim that the United Nations has become a new organization, and that the US should start paying 100% again. (Any similarity between this fanciful scenario and how Saddamís supporters actually tried to get sanctions against Iraq lifted is completely intended.)
Bottom line is that I think the US should sit back and allow the UN enough rope to hang itself. Link continued payments to reforms and unelected bureaucrats will be motivated to keep their hands out of the cookie jar. Let them operate as usual and eventually they wonít be able to cover up the corruption and incompetence.