Few things could bring Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham together, but fighting against Donald Trump in the primaries was just the ticket. Now, we may see an even more unlikely team as the two Senators hope to work with President-elect Trump to remove American funding of the United Nations.
In a statement, Senator Cruz said, “I also emphatically second the call of my colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham that the consequences of this disgraceful UN resolution should be severe. I look forward to working with Sen. Graham, and with the incoming Administration of President-elect Trump, to significantly reduce or even eliminate U.S. funding of the United Nations, and also to seriously reconsider financial support for the nations that supported this resolution. For those who have put your name to this despicable attack on Israel, you did so with full knowledge of the consequences of your actions.”
This comes on the heels of Israel releasing a scathing statement of their own.
“President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN,” said an Israeli official, who asked not to be identified.
There is a lot to consider before simply jumping on the #DefundUN bandwagon. First, of course, would be the repercussions. I’m not going to go into those at this point because it’s far too complex to unwrap in a blog post. However, my conclusion of such an analysis would be that doing so would cause some pain for American foreign relations, but not nearly as much as what the United Nations would feel.
In short, it would be worth it.
There’s another consideration. Why would President Obama do this? On the surface, it’s a parting shot to end his tenuous relationship with Israel, but I think it’s deeper than that. Obama is well aware that this puts his successor in a major pickle. Does Trump stick with his “America First” promise and play the slow game to help Israel over time while maintaining our status and funding with the U.N., or does he get aggressive and take immediate action against them?
His latest Tweet doesn’t say much. Then again, it says plenty.
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
First, it’s oddly obscure. Trump is not known to be ambiguous on Twitter. Just yesterday, he specifically declared that Lockheed Martin was overcharging for the F-35 and he would be asking Boeing to price out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet. That Tweet is more characteristic of Trump than an ambiguous sort of non-threatening threat.
Then again, he may have chosen to be ominous for effect.
One thing is certain: this was Obama attempting to kill two birds with one stone. Giving the middle finger to Netanyahu is something he’s wanted to do for years. Now that he’s on his way out, he finally found the “courage” to commit this hit and run. The second bird is Trump who now has an immediate mess to address on top of the other messes Obama has left him. For Obama, it’s a win-win. For America and Israel, it’s Obama’s last “fundamental change” in his quest to abolish decency and make us all bow to his U.N. masters.
I’ve never been a fan of abandoning the United Nations simply because I feel we’re better off working from the inside, but now I’m not so sure. If there’s an opportunity to force righteous action by withholding funds from this oppressive organization, I’ll support it.