Snap Fact #118
President Obama Upheld The Honor Of The United States By Living Up To Our Obligations!
Among many other important things, the United Nations plays a key role in supporting the United States’ diplomatic and military missions. President Obama in 2009 order the United States to finally pay its long overdue dues to the UN. According to CNS News, “the U.S. alone pays 22 percent of the regular budget and more than 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget. The contributions are assessed according to member states’ relative “capacity to pay, calculated from national economic output.”
In his speech to the UN, President Obama said, “I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for collective inaction.