Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bloated, arrogant United Nations bureaucrat alert!

Mark Malloch Brown bites the hand that feeds him

I know, what other kind of UN bureaucrat is there? But get this: Kofi Annan promoted Mark Malloch Brown to Chef De Cabinet (i.e. head butt boy) after some of Kofi's other close chums (and relatives) got caught with their hands in Saddam's cookie jar. Brown was apparently supposed to clean things up at HQ, but I guess he thinks he's all finished shoveling out the feedlot, since he's got time to bite the hand that feeds him:
The United States demanded Wednesday that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan repudiate a speech in which his No. 2 official broke with tradition and accused the United States of undermining the United Nations.
In the speech, delivered Tuesday, Malloch Brown said that the United States relies on the United Nations as a diplomatic tool but does not defend it before critics at home, a policy he called unsustainable.

He lamented that the good works of the U.N. are largely lost because "much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News." The speech was delivered at a daylong conference sponsored by two think tanks, the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation.

It was a rare instance of a senior U.N. official directly and openly criticizing a member state. An unwritten U.N. rule says that high-ranking officials do not name names or shame nations, even among current and former colleagues.

Yet Malloch Brown and even Annan have done it a few times in the past. Last year, with the U.N. under intense criticism over the Iraq oil-for-food program, Annan claimed that U.N. opponents had been "relentless," and the world body wasn't fighting back enough.
Better get back to shoveling, Mark - the United Nations already gets more respect than it deserves based on its record of fraud, crime, and incompetence. I also wonder who was footing the bill for ole Mark to attend this fun fest with George Soros' flying monkeys at the Center for American Progress, but not too much - I'm sure it was those benighted Middle Americans in the heartland. There's some good news though, US UN ambassador John Bolton is administering the spanking.