June 17, 2005


US spins the UN merry-go-round (Siddharth Srivastava, 6/17/05, Asia Times)

The prospects of UN reform have unexpectedly taken a new momentum, with the US administration saying it will support the addition of two new permanent members to the UN Security Council (UNSC). According to a senior official in the George W Bush administration, of the two new members Washington will back, one will be Japan and the other will be from the developing world - either Brazil or India, with the prospects of India considerably higher, given the criterion of selection.

Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, in making the announcement, also said that when the US introduced its proposal next week at the United Nations, it would oppose offering veto power to any new permanent members.

If the US does back India, it will be the first time, in the face of Pakistan's resistance against any such move. The situation further muddies the water for China, which has backed India in the past but is dead set against Japan entering the UNSC. Of the nations bidding for permanent membership on the council - Germany, Japan, India and Brazil - the US has endorsed Japan, emphasizing that the country gives more money to the world body than current members Britain, France, Russia and China put together. The US opposes Germany. Its refusal to back Berlin's bid is a rebuff to a major European ally.

It's not major, not an ally and won't be European in a couple decades.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2005 12:28 PM

That's what happens when you try to fool Mother Nature - or President Bush.

Posted by: obc at June 17, 2005 1:05 PM

You want to play, you'll have to pay.

Posted by: Sandy P. at June 17, 2005 1:24 PM

If the Germans want such a seat, they should get it their traditional way, by taking it from the French.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 17, 2005 1:38 PM

Nothing personal, just doing business.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 17, 2005 2:44 PM

LMAO, Raoul!!!

Posted by: obc at June 17, 2005 6:39 PM

Yes, the USA should support converting the French seat into an EU seat.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 17, 2005 10:35 PM

The UN should be bulldozed, preferably when all the 'diplomats' are present, and a new stadium for the Jets and Mets should be built in its place. At least that would provide an impetus for the 2d Avenue Subway to be completed.

In any event, Bolton is wasted at the UN. A more fitting appointment would be Alan Keyes, Larry Harmon, Pauly Shore or Carrot Top.

Posted by: bart at June 18, 2005 10:51 AM
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