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Republican Congress to U.N.: drop dead

Published January 25, 2011 by Foreign Policy - Turtle Bay
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The new Republican-controlled House leadership sent a clear message that it intends to place the United Nations at the center of its foreign policy mission, stepping up scrutiny of U.N. spending, setting conditions for continued U.S. financial support, and casting a spotlight on the shortcomings of the U.N.'s human rights council.

The new chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-FL), arranged for the hearing to begin with a group of prominent critics describing the U.N.'s failings.

GOP Puts U.N. Reform Back on Agenda as 'Urgent' Problem

Published January 25, 2011 by Fox News
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Once again, the United Nations is in the cross-hairs of a U.S. congressional committee today, and the themes from its critics are all too familiar: wastage of U.S. taxpayer dollars, institutionalized corruption, a “culture of impunity,” covert assistance to America’s enemies and a bias on human rights issues in favor of dictatorships and autocracy, and against Israel.

US Republican lawmakers taking aim at UN

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered Republican lawmakers are taking their first shots at the United Nations, depicting it as bloated and ineffective as they seek to cut U.S. funding for the world body.

On Tuesday, a House of Representatives panel aired criticisms of the U.N. at a briefing expected to prescribe congressional action.

A House Divided on Diplomacy and Foreign Aid

Published January 24, 2011 by The Will and the Wallet blog
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House Republicans came to Washington ready to tackle the national debt, and the budget for diplomacy and foreign aid is one of the areas on which they have focused most prominently. There is tension, however, between reducing federal spending and the priority that many conservatives place on long-term security and investment commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

UN's Ban to Combat Criticism by U.S. House Republicans as Funds Questioned

Published January 21, 2011 by Bloomberg
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will try to blunt a threat by Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to withhold financial support for the world body by meeting with them to defend his record.

Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, new head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, last July called the UN a “stew of corruption, mismanagement and negligence.”

A High Price for War

Published January 11, 2011 by Foreign Policy
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Even as Southern Sudan votes in an independence referendum this week, the fear of war hasn't entirely faded away. The south is likely to vote to secede from greater Sudan, and the many political tensions over how exactly to do so -- where the border is drawn, who gets what oil revenues, and so forth -- could ratchet up into a renewed civil war between north and south. Or Southern Sudanese factions could turn on one another as they jockey to rule in a new, independent state.

Ros-Lehtinen, now in key foreign policy post, signals she'll challenge Obama policy

Published December 8, 2010 by Miami Herald
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WASHINGTON -- Promising to play "'hardball' with rogue regimes'' and press for cuts in foreign aid, Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen moved rapidly Wednesday to put her mark on U.S. foreign policy as the incoming chair of the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Pentagon hunting for permanent home for U.S. Africa Command

Published November 27, 2010 by Washington Post
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The Pentagon is reopening a worldwide search for a home for its Africa military command, which still lacks a permanent headquarters three years after it was created.Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Obama administration's nominee to take charge of the U.S. Africa Command, or Africom, told a Senate committee last week that he would launch the search if he is confirmed. The command is based in Stuttgart, Germany, partly because African countries strongly objected to the prospect of an expanded U.S. military presence on their continent. 

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