UN to the rescue?Item: On July 10th, the Senate "voted unanimously ... to encourage President Bush to reach out to NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. and the United Nations for help in peacekeeping and rebuilding in Iraq," reported a Reuters dispatch.
Item: "With the costs of stabilizing Iraq hovering at $4 billion a month and with American troops being killed at a steady rate, [Bush] administration officials acknowledge that they ... may seek a United Nations resolution for help that would placate pla·cate
tr.v. pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify. other nations, like India, France and Germany," reported the July 19th New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times. "President Bush's meeting with Kofi Annan Kofi Atta Annan (born April 8, 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1 1997 to January 1 2007, serving two five-year terms. He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. , the United Nations secretary general, was part of a flurry of consultations in recent days between administration and United Nations officials. Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, reached out to diplomats on the Security Council, and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell emerged from a meeting with the German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, saying he was discussing ways to expand international support for the Iraq occupation, including seeking a new United Nations resolution."
The likely division of responsibilities in Iraq, reported the July 18th Christian Science Christian Science, religion founded upon principles of divine healing and laws expressed in the acts and sayings of Jesus, as discovered and set forth by Mary Baker Eddy and practiced by the Church of Christ, Scientist. Monitor, "would mean giving the United Nations a greater role in directing Iraq's political future while relying more on NATO [a regional UN affiliate] for military assistance...." In any case, the deepening morass in Iraq is perceived as a product of reckless American unilateralism u·ni·lat·er·al·ism
A tendency of nations to conduct their foreign affairs individualistically, characterized by minimal consultation and involvement with other nations, even their allies. , even though the Bush administration repeatedly and explicitly invoked UN Security Council resolutions, and expressed its desire to enhance the world body's power and prestige. Going back for a new Security Council resolution would exalt the UN even more.
While this turn of events has bewildered many of President Bush's conservative Republican defenders, it didn't catch everyone by surprise. The occupation of Iraq, warned the June 30th issue of THE NEW AMERICAN (see page 44), would result in "a steady and worsening hemorrhage of national power, wealth, and prestige.... Ultimately, those costs will prove too much for our nation to bear alone. In such fashion does swaggering swag·ger
v. swag·gered, swag·ger·ing, swag·gers
1. To walk or conduct oneself with an insolent or arrogant air; strut.
2. To brag; boast.
v.tr. imperialism set the stage for compelled interdependence.... It's reasonable to imagine a not-too-distant time when American servicemen and their families, weary of the burden of empire, would eagerly embrace transferring that burden to the UN."