April 26, 2004

Interesting idea for Ambassador to U.N.

James at The Best of the Web Today leads of with a very interesting thought... Since the United States Ambassador to the United Nations -- John Negroponte -- has been appointed U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad, the U.N. post is vacant. How about Rudy Giuliani? Kinda makes one go Hmmm... doesn't it - the thought of a take-charge guy like Giuliani being set loose among the Eurocrats and corrupt pols would be a delightful thing to see. As James says: bq. Not only would Giuliani be a bully-pulpiteer in the great tradition of Jeane Kirkpatrick and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, but he would bring the penetrating eye of a former prosecutor to the continuing Oil-for-Food scandal--which may well turn out to be the corrupt reason why countries like France and Russia fought so fiercely to keep Saddam Hussein's murderous dictatorship in power in Iraq. To be sure, some of Giuliani's critics, including our colleagues at The Wall Street Journal, are of the view that he was overzealous and unfair in prosecuting white-collar crimes. But that's all the more reason why he's a perfect fit for the U.N., which certainly doesn't suffer from an excess of prosecutorial fervor. bq. Apart from the president himself, it's hard to think of any more powerful spokesman and symbol for America's war on terror than Rudy Giuliani, and not only because of his inspired mayoral leadership after Sept. 11. Giuliani took a stand against terror even when it was unpopular. In 1995 he ordered security to eject Yasser Arafat from Lincoln Center, in an era when the terror boss was being feted at the White House and lavished with Nobel Peace Prizes. James mentions that the NY Post has been proposing this too. Something to think about. Posted by DaveH at April 26, 2004 2:28 PM