Friday, September 25, 2009
In Obama's Happy UN Family, Black Sheep Come In Orange
Well, at least Barry is boss somewhere. Not only can he speak without being interrupted by some blathering congressman gone wild, but here at the United Nations, when it comes to pushing his agenda through, member nations actually help implement his proposals by unanimously voting to adopt his resolutions, not toss them in a bonfire and dance around the flames chanting death to socialism.
Obama, who became the first (black, white or any color) U.S. president to chair the U.N. Security Council on Thursday also became the first to actually accomplish something on Friday when the group overwhelmingly voted in favor of Obama's resolution tightening controls on weapons states, ending loopholes exploited by countries like Iran, and curbing the risk of a new nuclear arms race.
“The historic resolution we just adopted enshrines our shared commitment to a goal of a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama said. “And it brings Security Council agreement on a broad framework for action to reduce nuclear dangers as we work toward that goal.”
But Barry's new world order isn't just about non-toxic sunshine and nuclear-free rainbows. It's about making sensible changes to adapt to the 21st century.
"There is no doubt that we have to update and refresh and renew the international institutions that were set up in a different time and place" Obama said.
Thanks to his decision after the G-8 Summit in July that it was "wrongheaded to wrestle with huge global challenges without input from countries like China, India, and the entire Southern Hemisphere," the G-20 will now also take over the G-8's role as the "permanent council for international economic cooperation--a better "reflection of the world economy today and the players that make it up."
Despite President Obama's initial success in using the UN to actually help combat some of the world's most pressing problems, instead of simply as America's bully pulpit, not everyone was satisfied.
Like insane, tangerine sheet-wearing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi whose allotted 15 minute first speech to the General Assembly somehow devolved into 60-plus incoherent minutes of free-flow consciousness about how the UN is a terrorist, war-mongering monster and should pay trillions in reparations for colonizing Africa and ruining everything for everyone, especially perfect, terror-sponsoring leaders like him.
Guess every legislative body has at least one Joe Wilson, muumuu-clad or otherwise.