Many conservatives are leery of U.N. influence, especially over the U.S.
State Sen. Michele Bachmann goes a bit further. Her commitment to keeping the U.S. among the member states is on a “that remains to be seen” basis.
At the bottom of this post, I’ll link to the audio of the August interview in which she made that comment. And I apologize both to Bachmann and to those who might want to know her views of the U.N. for delaying so long in posting this. I always intended to write about a number of Bachmann and Wetterling issue positions, and I have a summary piece about those ready to be published shortly. But this one got left on the shelf too long.
When I first interviewed Bachmann in Feburary, (before I had gotten quite so used to recording all such interviews, bear in mind, I hail from the 20th century), I recalled her saying that she wouldn’t shed a tear if the U.N. left for New York for Geneva, and also sounding that she wasn’t all that committed to the U.S. remaining in the organization. So in August, I asked her to clarify.
First of all, she said jokingly, it was Brussels, not Geneva. On the more important question of U.S. membership, I asked if I had heard her right about being less than fully committed to continued U.S. membership.
She said the U.N. has had a “sorry” history from the beginning. She said U.N. peacekeepers had “brought a lot of destruction” in some African countries.
I returned several times to the question of whether she was committed to supporting U.S. membership. She returned each time to another objection she had to the U.N., such as the inclusion of Libya and Cuba on the Human Rights Commission, the lack of “accountability,” that the U.S. supplies the biggest share of the U.N. budget while the members states still feel free to “kick the United States in the shins” when the U.S. needed U.N. backing.
On the fourth and last time that I asked her whether, if her objections were not addressed to her satisfaction, she would have any reservations about the U.S. remaining in the organization, she replied:
“I think that remains to be seen.”