According to this news item, the House International Relations Committee has drafted a bill that will require sweeping reforms at the United Nations. If they donít comply then the United States will withhold up to 50% of its yearly dues.
The United Nations is in the midst of a fiscal crisis. The organization relies on member states paying yearly dues in order to remain solvent, but in recent years many governments have cut back on the amount of money they pay. Private donations are also falling off mainly because people are finally waking up to the fact that the organization is completely inefficient and wasteful, if not downright inept and corrupt. Their handling of the tsunami crises, as well as their attempts to steal credit for the good works of others, certainly didnít help matters any.
So far as the HIRC is concerned, it has been one of the driving forces in the United States government to bring accountability to the UN. Itís a thankless job, but someone should have done it long ago. Making future dues payments conditional on reforms is brilliant, and it hits the UN where it hurts.
But I think the bill is doomed to failure, even though I think itís a good idea and wouldnít mind seeing it in place. There are two reasons for this.