As peace-keeping has become the UN’s chief success, it is ironic that, beginning toward the end of the Obama administration, the UN peacekeeping budget has declined. Unlike the bloated budgets and bureaucracy which plague UN aid organizations, UN peacekeeping is, at least according to the U.S. Government Accountability Organization (GAO), rather cost-effective. Conservatives do not have to love the United Nations nor paper over its problems. Instead, as Trump pursues his campaign promises to prioritize U.S. sovereignty, to extricate U.S. troops from protracted conflicts, and to cut waste, he and the Congress could find bipartisan consensus on an approach which would not only punish the UN financially for inefficiency, abuse, and malfeasance, but also recognize and reward it for its successes.
Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.