- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Florida Rep. Connie Mack has called for the United Nations to be defunded and "kicked off U.S. soil.". The source of his outrage?
“The very idea that the United Nations – the world body dedicated to diminishing America’s role in the world — would be allowed, if not encouraged, to install foreigners sympathetic to the likes of Castro, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Putin to oversee our elections is nothing short of disgusting.
Only thing is, the observers he’s talking about are not from the United Nations, they’re from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe — a U.N.-registered, but separate organization of which Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran are not members. Russia is a member, but it’s safe to say Putin is not a big fan of the group. A group of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and the ACLU, have asked the OSCE to monitor what they say are voter supression efforts. Forty-four observers will be stationed throughout the country.
The Mack campaign argues that election monitoring "should be reserved for third-world countries, banana republics and fledgling democracies." However, OSCE monitors have observed several U.S. elections before, including the 2004 presidential election when they were invited by George W. Bush’s State Department.