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Romney: UN a Failure

The frustration goes deep with many when it comes to the UN. The organization is slow to act and often never effective.

Mitt Romney is not so fond of the organization himself, particularly the Human Rights Council.

“The United Nations has been an extraordinary failure of late,” Romney said in response to a question at a pancake house along the coast of early voting South Carolina. “We should withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council.”

A spokesman clarified the statement.

“The governor believes we ought to withdraw completely from the U.N. Human Rights Council, and that means ending our financial support in addition to not seeking a seat on the council,” Fehrnstrom said. “We should not legitimize the council, either with financial or diplomatic support.”

I’m often considered a hawk by my Democratic friends, but I am one who believes the UN needs major reformation or a complete dissolution and even the withdrawal of U.S. participation in the UN in favor for a new and stronger organizational body.

Let’s see where the future lies.

It is About Trust

John Edwards is still making his case for the Democratic nomination, hitting both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the issue of trust.

“Having a great politician is fine,” Edwards said. “That’s not what America needs right now.”

“I’m a different candidate,” he said during a stop at a volunteer fire station. “The most important thing is to have a president that you trust. Forget politics for a minute. … What we’ve seen happen in the last six or seven years is the utter destruction of trust between the president and the American people.”

He is right. Part of this election process is trust. Who do we trust to lead America? Opinions may vary, nevertheless, it is only a small piece of the election, and often leadership can trump trust in dire times.

Still, this is smart for John Edwards. He must go at the heart of Clinton’s weakness. Conservatives and the left flank of the Democratic Party do not trust her. Conservatives see her as an ultra liberal and some Democrats see her as a neoconservative. Why not reinforce that mindset of untrustworthiness?

On a personal level, I don’t trust John Edwards.