It's pretty obvious the Republican Party failed to properly vett Sarah Palin before she was introduced as John McCain's running mate. And the White House obviously didn't do a good job in screening just-resigned aide Van Jones. Now we see the United Nations treading perilously in the same footsteps with the proposed appointment of Egypt's cultural minister to head UNESCO.
UNESCO is the UN's cultural agency. And you'd think the cultural minister of virtually any member state would be a good candidate to head the organization. The problem with the candidacy of Farouk Hosny is that, just last year, he promised to burn all Israeli books in Egyptian libraries.
Even though he has since apologized - the Israelis - and Israel's supporters - now oppose his appointment. Obviously with good reasons. Israel suspects the UN's only purpose is to criticize that nation anyway. This proposed appointment doesn't exactly help dispel that perception.
There are eight other candidates for the top UNESCO slot. Hopefully the agency's executive board will do a better job than did the GOP with Palin and the White House with Jones and reject Hosny's candidacy.