Obama Cuts Military, Boosts UN Spending to $3.6 Billion

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.

Obama is firing 20,000 Marines to save 10 billion dollars. Meanwhile the 2014 budget raises the cash giveaway to the United Nations to 3.6 billion dollars… or 7200 Marines.

The State Department is planning to boost spending on the United Nations in 2014 by more than 4 percent to at least $3.6 billion.

That is likely to be far from the final tally of Obama Administration support, as hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. development, health and other funds are usually channeled through U.N. agencies and institutions — with the U.N. agencies taking administrative fees as part of the deal. The most recent tally on the website of the White House Management and Budget website, for example, lists support for the U.N. at $7.7 billion — in 2010.

The projected spending increase for the New York-based U.N. Secretariat, for example, is an 8.6 percent hike, to $617.6 million, compared with 2013.

When a broader array of U.N. affiliated agencies, listed under “Contributions to International Organizations,” are added in to the Secretariat support, the U.S. planned contribution climbs to $1.2 billion — a still significant 4.5 percent hike in an age of enforced American domestic austerity.

Meantime, proposed U.S. contributions to U.N. peacekeeping are also taking a big  hike, to $2.09 billion, up more than a quarter-billion dollars, or 13.9 percent, from 2013, and an even more impressive 14.6 percent since 2012.

The State Department budget also contains, among other things, an optimistic $50 million item to support a “U.N. presence in Syria.”

Isn’t it nice to see that State is already certain how Syria will turn out. And the UN cash giveaway wouldn’t be complete without funding the war on Israel.

Among them: an Administration renewal of its campaign to give about $77.8 million next year to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, an annual contribution that Congress cut off in late 2011 when the organization gave full member-state status to Palestine over strong U.S. objections. The State Department tried to restore the money in 2012, but failed.

This time, in fact, the Administration hopes to give far more money to UNESCO even than the budget openly advertises.

Buried in a footnote to the 190-page State Department is the news that if the Administration can coax Congress into granting a waiver to the freeze, State hopes to hand over the money it did not provide in 2012 and 2013, which could amount to another $135 million.

Even for someone who supports the UN, it’s hard to argue that UNESCO’s activities are vital or that funding should be increased at a time when we’re slashing the military to the bone and cutting Social Security. This shows once again the Post-American priorities of Obama Inc.

And Obama Inc. just had to get some Global Warming cash in there.

State Department contributions to “International Organizations and Programs” include a 30 percent hike, to $13 million, for the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose assessments of global warming have been sharply criticized by skeptics.

And some abortion.

Another proposed budget increase that may spark controversy is a 22.5 percent hike in financing, to $37 million, for the U.N. Population Fund, whose espousal of abortion has drawn fire from the right-to-life movement.

Good bye Marines. Hello Terrorism, Global Warming and Abortion. It’s just another day for Obama Inc.

  • RUI

    Satan himself couldn't have done a better job.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Satan himself couldn't have done a better job."

      That's because…

      • Ben Jabo

        He is SATAN

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "He is SATAN"

          Close enough for government work.

  • JacksonPearson

    There's something I don't understand about our constitution and the executive branch's enumerated powers. Where exactly in the constitution does it allow the president to just dole out taxpayers dollars as he chooses…anyone?

    As I understand, all monies are supposed to be appropriated through congress, so where does the executive branch of government's blank check come from to just give 3.5bil to the UN?

    • Ar'nun

      The President does usually get a pretty hefty discretionary budget. But never in history has a sitting President reversed the will of Congress (the People) and used the discretionary budget like this.

      • JacksonPearson

        "The President does usually get a pretty hefty discretionary budget. But never in history has a sitting President reversed the will of Congress (the People) and used the discretionary budget like this."

        I know all about the discretionary budget monies allocated to him, and it's wacky, nuts…I was just being sarcastic towards congress. They should be demanding a line-itemed-budget from him. Make him account for every dollar asked for and given. No more blank checks. There's way, way to much unaccountability!

  • hijinx60

    Jackson Pearson….I have often wondered the same thing. Another illegal move??

  • harrylies

    Cutting Social Security is a good thing. Should applaud. Ayn Rand did not like moochers. Old people should get jobs.

    • Deborah

      I am totally disabled and receive SSDI. If it wasn't for Social Security I could not make it. I paid my SS in for 48 years. I think I am entitled. harrylies, you are probably one of the ones that mooch by receiving food stamps and government housing…. I don't get any of those things.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "I am totally disabled and receive SSDI. If it wasn't for Social Security I could not make it. I paid my SS in for 48 years. I think I am entitled."

        Anyone who paid in to it is literally entitled to its benefits. Period. There is no dispute. Only tyrannical liars would state otherwise.

    • Capt_Z1

      I agree harrylies, Social Security should be cut for the lazy that scam the system. Those folks that paid in have it comming. Not the sick, lame and lazy that claim disabilities that are not there.

      • watchitgo

        If they are receiving SS Disablity they have paid into the system!

    • Ben Jabo

      No need for you to wait, as far as I'm concerned you wouldn't get a Social Security Check if you hurried up and passed away today

    • watchitgo

      Harry, I am 65 still working part time and paying to SS/Medicare and I want my money to be paid to ME, not misappropriated by Obama!