This Huffington Post writer, Peter Beinart, gives praise to Mark Brown's criticisms of the United States. Beinart is expressing his joy that an institution, which he admits is in need of reform badly, lambasted the Right for criticizing an institution in need of reform.
What he is trying to say, is that the Right should stop criticizing the UN, but encourage reform in a positive way. He argues that "by continually trashing it they create the impression that it is irredeemable, and therefore make reform less likely."
If we on the Right only had so much power in our opinions. Flattering, but far-fetched.
If the UN can't take criticism for their own mistakes, while continuing down the well-trodden path of the corrupt status-quo, perhaps it is irredeemable on its own accord.
But Beinart doesn't try very hard to say that at all, his sloppy logic seems more of an easy space-consuming introduction. He then goes on about how the Democrats should seize this opportunity because "Americans are far more supportive of international institutions than people in Washington think they are." And that the UN peace-keeping record is better than the U.S. record. Really?
Shall we have a look?
Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo didn't fare too well for us. Afghanistan is maybe a bit too early to tell. Iraq is a ways off. But you know something Beinart, you're right. The UN did outperform the U.S. -during the Clinton years.
But hey, you knew that.