- Some unprecedented news, folks. Never in the history
of the United Nations has a U.S. President taken the chairmanship of the
powerful UN Security Council. Perhaps it is because of what could arguably
be a Constitutional prohibition against doing so. To wit: Section 9 of
the Constitution says:
- No Title of Nobility shall be granted by
the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust
under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present,
Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince,
or foreign State.
- Nonetheless, the rotating chairmanship of the council
goes to the U.S. this month. The normal course of business would have U.S.
Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice take the gavel. However, this time will
be different. Constitution be damned, Barack Hussein Obama has decided
to put HIMSELF in the drivers seat, and will preside over global nuclear
non-proliferation and disarmament talks slated to begin September 24th.
The Financial Times says:
- Barack Obama will cement the new co-operative
relationship between the US and the United Nations this month when he becomes
the first American president to chair its 15-member Security Council.
- The topic for the summit-level session of
the council on September 24 is nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament
- one of several global challenges that the US now wants to see addressed
at a multinational level.
- UN officials also hope a climate change debate
on September 22 will give fresh impetus to the search for a global climate
deal at Copenhagen in December. There are also hopes a possible meeting
between Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas,
Palestinian Authority president, that Mr. Obama would host, could lead
to a breakthrough about a timetable for Middle East peace.
- Here is what the UN Security Council does. Picture Obama
as the Chair of this committee with this power.
- Under the UN Charter, the functions and powers of the
Security Council are:
- * to maintain international peace and security in accordance
with the principles and purposes of the United Nations
- * to investigate any dispute or situation which might
lead to international friction
- * to recommend methods of adjusting such disputes or
the terms of settlement
- * to formulate plans for the establishment of a system
to regulate armaments
- * to determine the existence of a threat to the peace
or act of aggression and to recommend what action should be taken
- * to call on Members to apply economic sanctions and
other measures not involving the use of force to prevent or stop aggression
- * to take military action against an aggressor
- * to recommend the admission of new Members
- * to exercise the trusteeship functions of the United
Nations in "strategic areas"
- * to recommend to the General Assembly the appointment
of the Secretary-General and, together with the Assembly, to elect the
Judges of the International Court of Justice.
- No American president has ever attempted to acquire the
image of King of the Universe by officiating at a meeting of the UN's highest
body. Obama apparently believes that being flanked by council-member heads
of state like Col. Moammar Qaddafi - who is expected to be seated five
seats to Obama's right - will cast a sufficiently blinding spell on Americans.
- He undoubtedly hopes that the horrid state of the nation's
economy, turmoil over health care, and a summer of racial scapegoating
will pale by comparison. This role as UN Security Council chair will allow
him to make decisions, influence legislation and resolutions, and set the
- Right Soup will be closely following this very unsettling
turn of events. Like I always say, pay attention to what Obama DOES.