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by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

He’s capping his deplorable first year office by despicably slashing America’s UN dues by $285 million for the 2016-2017 period – more cuts likely ahead.

His affront followed the world body’s overwhelming rejection of his unlawful Jerusalem declaration, his message delivered by Washington’s most disgraceful UN envoy in its history, a woman unfit for any public office, a neocon lunatic know-nothing, an utterly despicable character.

Nikki Haley applauded what she called “instill(ing) more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system…a big step in the right direction,” while touting America’s “generosity,” adding:

“(Y)ou can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests.”

Washington is responsible for 22% of the UN’s budget, 28% for so-called peacekeeping operations – unrelated to maintaining peace and providing for the needs of people during a transition period until local government handles things on its own.

Blue helmets usually create more conflict than resolution, functioning as imperial enforcers, most often making things worse, not better – involved in mass rapes, sex and illicit drugs trafficking, smuggling, exploiting local labor, corruption and other high crimes.

Trump smacked the world body for not bending to his will on Jerusalem, a shameful act by a deplorable administration.

Dues assessed member states relate to their GDP and other factors, the world’s richest country paying the largest amount.

Washington makes its own rules, snubbing the world body for violating them, devoting increasing amounts of its resources for militarism, warmaking, corporate handouts and tax cuts for the rich – billions of dollars slashed from vital programs to pay for them.

Trump and neocons infesting his administration threaten world peace. They shun common decency.

They’ve made America more of a pariah state than already – unaccountable for its endless high crimes and affronts.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.