Accuracy in Media

Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl calls her a “rising star in the foreign policy world” and “likely candidate in a future Democratic administration.” Nevertheless, she has been selected by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to run the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was quoted in Diehl’s November 27 column as saying that President Bush’s comment that we are engaged in a worldwide war with Islamo-fascism is off-base. “Absolutely wrong,” says Slaughter. Diehl reports, “Slaughter says she’s more worried about the risk that a strain of avian flu will kill millions of Americans than about another terrorist attack.”

Slaughter chaired the first meeting of the “Democracy Promotion” group on November 6. The only story we could find about this development was in the Daily Princetonian, where it was noted that Slaughter has also served on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation. You can read a State Department account of the group’s first meeting here. The New America Foundation’s Steven Clemons was a key player in the battle to keep John Bolton from becoming U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Slaughter, author of a book entitled “The New World Order,” argues for making NATO into a global military force. Actually, NATO was transformed into an offensive force under the Clinton Administration, without the benefit of a new treaty, and was deployed against the sovereign state of Serbia, in order to obliterate its control over the province of Kosovo. U.N. and NATO troops are still in Kosovo, waiting for word from the “international community” about its future. The Clinton war was illegal and unconstitutional under the War Powers Act, but our media hardly uttered a peep of protest.

Diehl notes that Slaughter also supports the idea of creating a “Concert of Democracies” within the U.N. to carry out military operations against selected countries when the U.N. itself fails to act. Apparently, she wants this accomplished as well without the benefit of a treaty.

On November 28, Slaughter hosted the corrupt outgoing U.N. boss Kofi Annan at Princeton University, where he failed to call on Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program but urged “the progressive elimination of all nuclear weapons, under strict and effective international control.” That means leaving Iran alone but turning over U.S. nuclear weapons to the U.N. for safe-keeping.

The Annan proposal is an updated version of the discredited McCloy-Zorin Accords between the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union, which envisioned “nuclear and general and complete disarmament under effective international control.” Annan apparently considers the U.S. nuclear arsenal more of a threat than Iran’s developing capability.

In his speech, Annan noted that “Libya has abandoned its nuclear and chemical weapons programs,” without giving the U.S. and the invasion of Iraq any credit for this development. On the other hand, Annan praised the U.S. Congress for refusing to fund the Bush Administration’s plan to develop a nuclear “bunker-buster” bomb for the purpose of destroying underground nuclear facilities being maintained by rogue states.

This is consistent with the Annan legacy: building up America’s enemies and attempting to diminish U.S. power in the world. His successor, South Korean Ban Ki-moon, is, like Annan, an advocate of global taxes.

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