Here’s an article I can agree with! The US ought to get out of UNESCO indeed!
Earlier this year, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Brad Sherman (D., Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, reiterated the rationale for the law in a bipartisan letter to Secretary Clinton:
“This U.S. position and the ensuring U.S. laws were vital in successfully derailing attempts . . . to seek de facto recognition of a Palestinian state from the UN via the granting of membership to “Palestine” in UN agencies. . . . ”
“A UN body that acts so irresponsibly — a UN body that admits states that do not exist — renders itself unworthy of U.S. taxpayer dollars. . . . ”
“Weakening U.S. law, on the other hand, would undermine our interests and our ally Israel by providing a green light for other UN bodies to admit “Palestine” as a member.”
Bokova is right about one thing, however. It is inappropriate for the U.S. to maintain UNESCO membership while simultaneously prohibiting all funding to the organization. This leads to an accrual of arrears, creates budgetary uncertainty for UNESCO, and may fuel false hopes in Bokova and others that U.S. funding will be forthcoming. The U.S. should address these issues by withdrawing from UNESCO.
It is long past time to investigate the pros and cons of the US withdrawing from the United Nations. If we do it, we must smash the organization so it cannot harm us. If not, e must act in such a way as to aggressively assert our sovereignty and the sovereignty of other nations. No more referrals to special UN courts or the ICC. No more authority for punitive sanctions and feel-good wars. No more meddling in other nations’ business. No more American cities etc in ICLEI!