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An Open Letter to Senate Candidates Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sharron Angle (R-NV): The US Should Not Leave The UN by Gregory Hilton

Dear Rand and Sharron:
I disagree with both of you on several issues and supported your primary opponents, but I now hope you will be victorious in your U.S. Senate campaigns. Your opponents are liberal Democrats and they must not win. You have both changed several positions since the primary, but I do not consider this a flip/flop. Your decisions were wise.
All Republicans should enthusiastically support civil rights, voting rights, fair housing and America’s special relationship with Israel. Thank you for clarifying those positions.
Both of you are now leading in the polls and 2010 will be an excellent year for the GOP. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has high negatives ratings, and voters should be reminded of his claim that the war in Iraq could not be won. The Senate Democratic primary in Kentucky has been over for a month, but Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo has still not endorsed the victor, Attorney General Jack Conway. This infighting will help Rand Paul.
We already know the strategy of your Democratic opponents. They will try to win support from moderate and independent voters by driving up your negative ratings. Both of you will be portrayed as extremists, and some of your controversial past statements will be repeated this Fall. One of the most effective issues for the Democrats is your desire to have America pull out of the United Nations, and to abandon our veto power in the UN Security Council.
There is Nothing Wrong in Advocating UN Reform
I hope both of you will reexamine your position, and there is nothing wrong in criticizing the UN or in asking for significant reforms. Major reforms were enacted when America refused to pay its dues for 22 months, but more needs to be done.
You should emphasize that the UN has passed many unwise resolutions and it has not been fair to Israel. Nevertheless, Israel is not withdrawing its ambassador from the UN. The worst thing that could happen to Israel would be for America to give up its veto power.
Iraq’s oil for food program was authorized by the UN, and it was a tremendous scandal. It is appalling that nations such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran were allowed to serve on the Human Rights Council.
Working with democratic nations on peacekeeping rather than the UN General Assembly is a fine idea. It is already being done. The UN mission in the former Yugoslavia failed, and it was necessary for NATO to replace the UN.
America Can Not Expect The U.N. To Handle Peacekeeping
You are wrong to advocate U.S. withdrawal because of the UN’s inability to handle peacekeeping missions. We have known that for over half a century, and the world body should not be entirely blamed because America always opposed the creation of a UN army. The poorly equipped UN member states are not good at peacekeeping when two sides are shooting at each other.
Belgium and Canada failed in their 1994 peacekeeping role in Rwanda where over 800,000 people died in a four month period. The Dutch were not successful in guarding the UN “safe haven” at Srebrenica in 1995 where over 7000 civilians died.
The Dutch soldiers threw down their weapons and ran away when the Serbian troops approached. When Germany agreed to send peacekeepers to Afghanistan in 2001, they had to lease transport aircraft from the Ukraine, and their equipment was outdated.
This does not mean the world should abandon peacekeeping, or that America should abandon its allies. America is the world’s only military super power and we are the sole nation which has power projection capabilities. No nation comes close to having our technical ability, and we are the only country with five global command centers and carrier battle groups in every ocean.
The UN Serves America’s Security Interests
The term was first used by President Franklin Roosevelt in the “Declaration by United Nations” on January 1, 1942. This was during WW II when representatives of 26 nations pledged their Governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers. The UN was formed in the US in 1945 and Americans wrote the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The UN supported the United States during the Korean War and the liberation of Kuwait, but that does not always happen. The most glaring example is Operation Iraqi Freedom.
There was unanimous approval for UN Resolution 1441 which authorized the use of force to get rid of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. There had been 17 similar resolutions which had been enacted since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
The United States sought approval of an 18th resolution before the intervention, but this was stopped by a threatened French veto. While the United States has had to bear the brunt of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, our coalition partners also have a crucial role. Over 1000 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan, and over 600 soldiers from our allies have also died. America is not alone.
We regret the “road map” for peace between Israel and the Palestinians has not been successful, but the problem is Hamas, not the UN. When North Korea threatened to deploy nuclear weapons, the UN fostered multilateral talks involving America, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea.
What Has The United Nations Accomplished?

  • The cost of 1991’s Operation Desert Storm was $54 billion, but America did not pay any of this. The UN member states (primarily Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) paid for everything.
  • The UN was the forum in which over 80 nations achieved their independence. Most of these countries had previously been colonies.
  • The UN was used to establish and maintain democratic elections in 85 nations.
  • This year the UN is providing relief and protection to 23.3 million refugees. The largest UN operations are in the former battle zones of Darfur and the Congo.
  • During the past six decades at the UN, more efforts have been made to protect and promote human rights than in the entire previous history of humankind. The UN’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted by the United States.
  • The UN has responded to practically every natural disaster with generous contributions from its member states. The largest food aid organization in the world is run by the U.N., and is now assisting 113 million people, primarily in Africa.
  • UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, saves millions of lives every year through immunization. They deserve tremendous credit for the eradication of smallpox and polio.
  • It would be wrong of the United States to leave the UN and to retreat into isolationism. America has made progress through the UN, but as Iraq demonstrated, there will be times when the U.S. will act alone. The U.N. did not stop us, and they eventually assisted our efforts.
  • Americans should be proud our nation has not ignored evil in the world. America has had a strong voice at the UN in stopping genocide, ethnic cleansing and other human rights abuses. Even the liberal National Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged the importance of America’s role when they quoted Pope John Paul II: ”The principles of sovereignty of states and noninterference in their internal affairs . . . cannot constitute a screen behind which torture and murder may be carried out.”

Democrats Are Quick to Denounce Senate Candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) by Gregory Hilton

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and liberal activists remained silent about Sharron Angle until today. Last night she won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. Democrats had concentrated all of their fire at Sue Lowden who was leading Reid by a large margin. Now the liberals are jumping for joy, and despite Reid’s high negative ratings, he could be re-elected.
The Huffington Post says Angle once “spoke out strongly against fluoride, the substance known alternately for improving dental health and as a Communist plot to undermine Western democracy. Last February Angle suggested making alcohol consumption illegal. There is, indeed, a veritable treasure trove of information from which Reid and his backers can pick. . . Angle suggested pretty clearly that it is unacceptable and wrong for both parents to actually hold jobs simultaneously. Reid’s campaign was planning to paint Angle as, essentially, crazy.”
Angle is foolish to urge giving up America’s veto power on the UN Security Council and totally withdrawing from the organization. Yesterday Glenn Beck said Republicans and the tea party crowd should “be careful who you get in bed with.” He said Angle’s candidacy was hurting “the stronger Republican in the race and thus Harry Reid might sneak through.” A responsible conservative can definitely win in Nevada but Angle’s victory shifts the focus away from Reid’s record. Adam Winkler wrote “The Democrats are going to lose seats in Congress this November but, thanks to the Tea Party, the losses are likely to be smaller than they might otherwise be.”
Republicans knew of Sharron Angle’s controversial background and that is why she lost two previous primaries. All of the candidates were fine conservatives.
The campagin to paint Angle as a crazy person is underway. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in April 1999 that the state assembly, of which Angle was a member, voted 26-16 for a bill that required fluoridation in two counties including the cities of Reno and Las Vegas.
Angle was a strong opponent of the measure. The paper reported : “Before the vote, Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, R-Reno, sought to postpone the vote so she could add an amendment to block fluoridation in Washoe County. The Washoe County Commission in 1992 rejected fluoridation, and Angle said the Legislature should not approve fluoridation in her county without a vote of its people. Angle said she simply does not like fluoride.”
Why did the Tea Party Express, Red State, the Club for Growth, and Gun Owners of America vigorously support a candidate who is so highly vulnerable in a general election? What was unthinkable two weeks ago could now happen. Harry Reid could be re-elected.

Another Rand Paul?: The Tea Party Surge May Re-Elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) by Gregory Hilton

PHOTO: Jon Ralston moderates a debate among Republican U.S. Senate candidates Sharron Angle, John Chachas, Chad Christensen, Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian at the KVBC studios in Las Vegas.

In two polls out today, former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R-NV) has taken the lead in Tuesday’s primary for the nomination to oppose U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). According to the Suffolk University survey, Angle has 33%, Danny Tarkanian 26% and former State Sen. Sue Lowden 25%. The DailyKos/Research 2000 poll has Angle leading with 34%, Lowden at 25% and Tarkanian with 24%.
Angle has been endorsed by the Tea Party Express, the Club for Growth and Gun Owners of America. Angle was receiving just 5% of the primary vote prior to the April 15th Tea Party endorsement which catapulted her candidacy and increased her support by 20% in one month. Continue reading

Behavior of Senior Democratic Lawmakers is Not Appropriate by Gregory Hilton

Several prominent liberal activists are upset about allegedly inappropriate remarks made by some tea party protesters who visited the U.S. Capitol on Saturday. Ironically, these same left wing activists have often overlooked outrageous remarks by the senior leadership of the Democratic Party.
Many observers doubt the offensive tea party comments were made, and videotape of the incidents does not support the allegations of the liberals. Nevertheless, the House Republican leadership earlier today released a statement criticizing the alleged comments of a few demonstrators. If offensive comments were made, there is no excusing them. No matter how heated a debate may be, no one has the right to bring into question a person’s race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation, and personal attacks are not permitted on the floor of Congress.
That has never stopped Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA). He said President George W. Bush was sending troops to Iraq to get their “heads blown off for his amusement.” In a debate on national health insurance, he said Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, the then HHS Secretary, was “a disgrace to his race.” Lawmakers such as Rep. Craig Washington (D-TX) supported Stark. He called Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) “a whore,” Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) “a little fruitcake,” and Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA) was a “fascist.” He falsely accused Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) of having children born out of wedlock.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called Bush a “loser” and a “liar.” When Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) did that he immediately apologized, and said “This evening I let my emotions get the best of me. While I disagree with the president’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility.” President Obama accepted the apology but Wilson was still censured. That has not happened to any recent Democratic party lawmaker.

When Harry Met Sue: The Nevada Senate Race by Gregory Hilton

Rep. Dean Heller(R-NV) has decided not to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in 2010, but a poll out today gives former State Sen. Sue Lowden a 6 point lead. What is most significant is that only 39% of likely voters approve of Reid and he has high negatives. Unlike the past, he is no longer viewed as a moderate. This is certain to be one of the most prominent races of the 2010 cycle.
With numbers like this it is difficult to image how Reid will be re-elected. In the past he used conservative rhetoric in Nevada despite a liberal voting record in DC. As Majority Leader it is now difficult for him to run away from his record.
Lowden is not yet committed to the race, but with Rep. Heller’s withdrawal today the pressure is really on her. In addition to her service in the State Senate, Lowden was Miss New Jersey 1973 and second runner-up in the Miss America pageant.
After touring with Bob Hope and the USO in places like Vietnam and earning a Master’s degree from Farleigh Dickinson University, she went on to spend 10 years as a reporter and anchorwoman in Las Vegas. She and her husband Paul are the former owners of the Sahara hotel-casino, and she is now the Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party.

Second Anniversary: Harry Reid and Congressional Democrats Declare Iraq War Lost by Gregory Hilton

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Sunday will mark the second anniversary of the day Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared the war in Iraq was lost, and the surge would not accomplish anything. Reid said “I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday,” said Reid said at the time.
Democrats took control of Congress in January of 2007 and the next month the House passed a non-binding resolution condemning the troop surge. Reid cheered on passage of the resolution by praising it as a “symbolic victory.” The Senate version of the resolution fell 4 votes short of cloture. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said resolution made it “pretty clear” Congress did not want Gen. Patraeus to “have the resources he needs” and this “certainly emboldens the enemy and our adversaries”.
In mid-February of 2007, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), the Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, held a press conference to announce a new Democratic strategy and said, “The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring (the troops) home.”
Murtha also said groups such as and the “Win Without War coalition,” had agreed to spend millions of dollars on an advertising campaign to end the Iraq War. The focus was on “limiting the administration’s options” so President Bush would be forced to withdraw American troops. through the passage of legislation and the inclusion of several stipulations for receipt of funding in appropriations bills.
Murtha called it a “Slow Bleed Strategy” and it was designed to dry up the supplies the military would need. At one time al Qaeda in Iraq had 10,000 troops, but today over 9,000 of them are deceased. The conflict is not over but troop withdrawals are taking place, and the situation is far better today. President Obama was wise to retain Secretary Gates and he maintained continuity with the Bush administration policies that were working.
On his recent visit, Obama praised our troops in Iraq: “From getting rid of Saddam, to reducing violence, to stabilizing the country, to facilitating elections — you have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country. That is an extraordinary achievement.” He never said that during the campaign, but at least he is saying it now.