I've been bashing President Trump quite regularly in recent columns because he earned our contempt and scorn with his crazy and/or stupid comments in his daily coronavirus briefings. Nevertheless, it's only fair to give him credit when he does something right, and that's what he did when he decided to temporarily withhold U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization.
Geneva, Switzerland, one of the world's most expensive cities, the WHO throws our
tax money around as if it's going out of style and it won't surprise you to
learn that the U.S. is the largest contributor to the organization's bloated
budget, paying nearly 20 percent of its annual expenses. We contribute about
$300 million to WHO's annual budget while China contributes $73 million. Is
failed in its basic duty and must be held accountable," President Trump
said when announcing a hold on WHO funding for 60 to 90 days. The Wall Street
Journal, which has been harshly critical of the president in recent editorials,
praised his decision and commented that "thousands of lives would have
been saved if the agency had done its job" by focusing on the COVID-19
pandemic instead of disseminating "Chinese propaganda."
Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus (an Ethiopian communist known as 'Dr.
Tedros,'), has shown how easily the top job can be abused," the Journal
editorial continued. "With China's preferred director general criticizing
Washington and praising Beijing as a model, what influence does the U.S. have
to lose?" Not much. You should also know that Dr. Tedros made brutal
dictator Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador" to Africa, which is
WHO has been an ineffective and wasteful organization in desperate need of
reform for at least a decade," medical intelligence expert Lyman Stone
wrote in The Dispatch. He noted that the WHO spends $200 to $600 million per
year on travel expenses "to buy plane tickets and book expensive hotel
rooms for prestigious experts to give speeches and present papers at
spends twice as much on travel as it does on medicines and medical supplies. By
contrast, Stone disclosed that Doctors Without Borders, a respected
international organization, sends five times as many doctors to pandemic
hotspots while spending less than one-third of the WHO's travel budget.
the WHO is affiliated with the United Nations, which treats Uncle Sam like
Uncle Sucker when preparing its annual budget, which increases by an average of
15 percent per year. At present, the U.S. pays 22 percent of the UN's
"regular" budget (nearly $10 billion) and 27 percent of peacekeeping
costs plus hundreds of millions more in "special assessments."
moreover, just five nations – the U.S., Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and
France – provide more than 50 percent of the total UN budget while
"developing countries" like Brazil, China and India pay much less.
It's time to redress that imbalance while holding China responsible for the
In a Wall
Street Journal op-ed column, Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, alleged that
the COVID-19 virus could have originated in either or both of two virus
research laboratories in Wuhan, China, one of which is barely 300 yards from
the outdoor "wet market" that China blames for the outbreak. "The
labs collect live animals (including bats) to study viruses," the senator wrote.
Although China denies the possibility of a lab leak, Cotton added, "its
actions tell a different story."
The obvious, coordinated cover-up by China and the WHO should be thoroughly
investigated. Meanwhile, the WHO should fire China's apologist/mouthpiece, Dr.
Tedros, to restore a measure of credibility to the organization.
Guy W. Farmer is the Appeal's senior political columnist.