U.S. to UN: Do It Our Way
Program #CHON166. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on April 17, 2001.
Imagine someone owed you a lot of money, but before paying it back, that person insisted that you not only reduce the amount but also change the way you conduct your affairs. OK. You are broke and desperate. You go along with the debtor's demands. Then, to top it off, you still don't get paid. This essentially encapsulates U.S. behavior toward the United Nations. Official Washington has traditionally seen the New York-based organization as a weapon to promote its interests. But whenever the UN steps out of line, it incurs the disapproval and wrath of the world's superpower.
Recorded at MIT.
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