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January 18, 2020

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US v. UN: Has International Trust Gone Bust?
Last Featured: 2/14/2005

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The United States sidestepped the United Nations in its decision to invade Iraq, distanced itself from some international treaties, and threatened to cut financial contributions to the world body. As the last remaining superpower, this country is in a position to wield enormous global influence without processing decisions through the uncertain complexities of the United Nations. But should we? World leaders argue that America’s actions isolate us, undermine international cooperation, and diminish our standing as a beacon for human rights. Others question the relevance of the U.N. in the post-Cold War era and wonder if we are helped or handicapped by our participation.

Jed Babbin was a deputy undersecretary of defense in the administration of President George H. W. Bush. He is the author of two books, Legacy of Valor and Inside the Asylum: Why the United Nations and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think, and a contributing editor of The American Spectator Magazine and a contributor to National Review Online. Babbin is a former Air Force officer who began his active duty in the last year of the Vietnam War. He now practices law in Washington, DC.

Linda Jamison is dean of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1996, Jamison conducted the Center’s first International Women's Leadership Fellows Program. She has worked for the U.N., first as senior adviser to the UN Information Centre in Washington, and as Washington liaison to the executive director of the UN Office for Project Services. She recently authored a briefing book, The U.S. Role in United Nations Peace Operations. Prior to joining the UN, Jamison was executive director of the Emergency Coalition for U.S. Financial Support of the United Nations.

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"The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good."

— John Foster Dulles

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United Nations Participation Act, December 20, 1945 Authorized the United States' participation in and endorsement of the United Nations.
UN security council resolution 1441 The UN security council resolution used by the United States to authorize regime change in Iraq.
Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 Resolution authorizing the use of military force in Iraq.
A concurrent US congressional resolution concerning genocide in sudan Resolution calling for the suspension of Sudan's membership on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
UN charter Founding document of the United Nations
HR 1146 – The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2001 Thursday (10/7), in a press conference on Capitol Hill, supporters of H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, presented more than 300,000 signed petitions in favor of the measure, which calls for the U.S. to cut its ties to the U.N.
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United Nations - Peacekeeping
Council on Foreign Relations
President Bush’s remarks to the United Nations (September 21, 2004)
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Brookings Institution
Heritage Foundation
Institute for Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute
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by Stephen Schlesinger
An Insider's Guide to the UN
by Linda Fasulo
Inside the Asylum: Why the United Nations and Old Europe are worse than you think
by Jed Babbin
The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror
Immigration and Policy
The Cuban Embargo