[July 18, 2021] Years ago, while deployed to Iraq, I provided some “common sense advice” to the U.S. Embassy staff in the old Green Zone, Baghdad. After a couple of days, I witnessed far too much dysfunction and laziness. I was never fond of the Department of State and maybe never will be. Now, I hear that the Secretary of State Antony Blinken has made a bad decision that will haunt America for a long time.
The White House recently announced that Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave an invitation to UN experts” to investigate “the scourge of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia” in the United States. I can only assume, given the WH highlighting this invitation, that it is at the direction of President Biden. That’s who Blinken works for every day, at the “pleasure of the President.”
The problem here is that the UN is a thoroughly anti-American organization. This anti-democratic drift by the UN is not new. Over the past 50 years or so, it’s no longer interested in its original mission to prevent war. In that, it has failed. I wrote about this problem years ago in my Army War College thesis (see article here).
Sadly, the UN has an unfortunate history of corruption, incompetence, and bureaucratic inertia.1 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the UN “a disgrace” and “a moral farce.” He also called the UN Human Rights Council a “joke” and UNESCO a “circus.”2 These are the same clowns that will investigate racism in America.
Some of the worst abusers of human rights in the history of the world, like China, Iran, and Russia, will hype this investigation as “evidence” of America’s evil to humanity. All while their dictators laugh about our self-destructive behavior.
This action by Antony Blinken and his boss, Joe Biden, will do no good. Nothing positive will come of it. It is a bad decision, at the wrong time, by the wrong organization, hunting for snipes in the forest that don’t exist, to an end that is fuzzy and very much harmful. It’s a huge loser for the American people.
One good thing will come of this. We can study this stunningly stupid decision and learn what not to do as a leader.