Monday, September 7, 2009

UN Vetting Process Worse Than GOP's & White House

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.


Anonymous said...

Well Gary, you talk about the skills of the White House in their vetting processes - even they do a marginally better job than the UN!

This is just another nail in the coffin of this organisation that is totally outdated and outmoded. They have forgotten what their original mandate was, and therefore lack any real moral authority. They are becoming more and more of an exclusive club that is purely self seeking and self perpetuating.

Anonymous said...

The UN has declared Fidel Castro, the longtime Communist dictator of Cuba, the “World Hero of Solidarity.” Castro killed thousands and thousands of people during his rule, torturing some to death (including a few American citizens), and Cuba remains an oppressive dictatorship even today.

The award was presented to Castro by the President of the UN General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann. D’Escoto Brockmann also successfully lobbied the Obama Administration to demand that Honduras allow the return to power of its ex-president and would-be dictator, Manuel Zelaya. (Two months ago, soldiers acting on orders of Honduras’s Supreme Court arrested Zelaya after he systematically abused his powers. After the Court quite legally declared that Zelaya was no longer president, he was duly replaced by Honduras’s Congress with a civilian, the Congressional Speaker). The Obama Administration recently decided to impose sanctions on Honduras, and indicated it will not recognize future democratic elections in Honduras unless Honduras first lets ex-president Zelaya return to power.

Marxism seems to be back in fashion in Washington these days. Obama’s green jobs czar is the race-baiter Van Jones, a “a self-avowed communist” and Truther who believed that George Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks. Jones, who is busy orchestrating advertiser boycotts of Obama’s media critics, was until recently a “member of a radical communist group that was dedicated to ‘organizing a revolutionary movement in America.’”

The race-baiting liberal Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-CA) recently praised Fidel Castro as a genius who “kicked out the wealthy” from Cuba.

Many officials in the Obama Administration are sympathetic to Marxist regimes. For example, Obama’s appointee to be the FCC’s “diversity officer” is Mark Lloyd, a big fan of Venezuela’s socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez. Although Chavez has shot unarmed demonstrators, Lloyd has called socialist Venezuela a model, praised its authoritarian leader’s “incredible revolution” and defended his attacks on independent media. Obama’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State, Arturo Valenzuela, has a reputation as a loud defender of Venezuelan dictator Chavez’s terrible record on freedom of the press.

By contrast, the Obama Administration is extremely hostile to non-communist Honduras and its democratically-elected legislature, demanding that they allow the return to power of Honduras’s bullying ex-president and would-be dictator. The ex-president’s removal was perfectly constitutional, say many experts, such as attorneys Octavio Sanchez, Miguel Estrada, and Dan Miller, former Assistant Secretary of State Kim Holmes, and Stanford’s William Ratliff.

Gary Baumgarten said...

Editor's note:

Van Jones has resigned

Anonymous said...

As he should have. One down many more to go.

Anonymous said...

"It's pretty obvious the Republican Party failed to properly vett Sarah Palin before she was introduced as John McCain's running mate."

Interesting. What were they supposed to vett her for that they forgot to vett? Whether her teenage daughter was pregnant? Come on Gary, cheap shot at best! I thought you were above this crap.

(disgusted and shaking head...)


Gary Baumgarten said...

LD where did you extrapolate from my comments that I was referring to her daughter's pregnancy?

I'm a bit shocked that you would ascribe that to me because, as a regular listener to my show, you are well aware that I removed that issue from the table the first time someone tried to bring it up.

Perhaps it is I who should be disgusted by your unfair characterization of my position!

Anonymous said...

My point, dearest, is that there was very little to "vet" about her. Almost everything that was stuck out there on her were things commonly known about- other than her daughters pregnancy- long before she was adopted by McCains' campaign.

I find it ridiculous that you compare the vetting of these appointees to that of Palin- pardon me for illustrating the absurd by demonstrating the absurd.

Do ya love me? LOL


PS: when I get home I'll be back on pt I hope...