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No One Messes With the Superpower

The Palestinian bid to obtain recognition of statehood by the United Nations has clearly irked some power players in Washington.  The United States has already made plain its intention to veto the application in the Security Council but is, at the moment, more concerned with delaying the vote for as long as possible, possibly in the unlikely expectation that everyone will forget about it.

Meanwhile the State Department is assiduously punishing  http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/10/175062.htm the Palestinians in every possible way, making sure they are not represented in any international fora.  Last week, the US was on the losing side of a 40 to 4 vote approving Palestinian entry into UNESCO.  UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.  Its website says that it “Encourages international peace and universal respect by promoting collaboration among nations.”  It is not generally perceived as political, though it has sometimes become involved in controversy over Israeli destruction of Muslim historic and cultural sites.  In any event, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the so-called “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians.

The US has also blocked Palestinian membership in the International Institute of Aging, The World Telecommunications Union, The World Meteorological Organization, and the Office for Outer Space Affairs.  The State Department is considering withholding funding to any United Nations agency that admits Palestinians.  Washington contributes 22% of the UNESCO budget, which might be subject to a freeze by Hillary Clinton or by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is already working on stripping the Palestinians of all US foreign aid.

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Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.

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