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UNESCO Rebuff Shows Decline of American Influence Under Obama
Commentary Magazine ^ | 10/31/11 | Jonathan S. Tobin

Posted on 10/31/2011 3:36:22 PM PDT by Nachum

The Obama administration lived up to its legal obligations today by withholding the first payment of U.S. funds to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since it voted to recognize “Palestine” as a member state. The State Department​ said a scheduled $60 million payment would not be in the mail to the world body and warned that the same treatment would be given to any other UN agency that pulls the same trick.

But Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said the U.S. would maintain its membership in the organization and continue to participate despite the group’s decision to flout America’s demand that it not attempt to circumvent the peace process by admitting the Palestinians. How exactly that will work is not clear especially since Washington will lose its vote after two years of nonpayment of dues. There is also the possibility that the international community will interpret the decision to stay at the organization as a mixed message that will dilute the impact of the financial cutoff. Considering that the administration’s arguments against the vote to admit the Palestinians were often couched more in terms of the embarrassment they felt about the aid cutoff than the damage the group was doing to the peace process, it would be difficult to blame other countries from assuming that Obama will find a way to make good on the funding by eventually finding a way to circumvent the law.

Meanwhile the Palestinians are celebrating their victory by planning to take their campaign to other UN groups such as World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Civil

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: decline; rebuff; shows; unesco
Cuts the aid, but stays a member. Right.
1 posted on 10/31/2011 3:36:26 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum
They shouldn't worry. Money is fungible. Obama will just find some way of sending $60 mil more to some other UN body. Then they will just move the money from one pocket to the other. That's how it works.
2 posted on 10/31/2011 3:46:49 PM PDT by sinanju
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3 posted on 10/31/2011 4:00:56 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

UNSCAMCO. Enough said. =.=


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5 posted on 10/31/2011 5:42:15 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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I'd say loss of rather than decline.

6 posted on 11/01/2011 5:38:53 AM PDT by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: Nachum

Maybe the UN will kick us out.


7 posted on 11/01/2011 7:24:23 AM PDT by onedoug (lf)
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I'd say loss of rather than decline.

Precisely right. . .IMHO.

8 posted on 11/02/2011 11:23:37 PM PDT by cricket (Stop the Madness of Obama,Inc. . . . America's Freedom must prevail. .)
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