I have never been to Scott City, Kansas; let's get that out of the way first. I have seen it on a map, and even know someone who lives there, and I'll assume that you likely do not.
If you were to look at Scott City on one of those map programs that shows you satellite views of what it looks like, you would assume that it is a typical western Kansas town, maybe 4,000 residents, whose residents' primary purpose is to support agriculture on the plains that surround it; that the town itself probably has its share of feed stores and tractor supply places, and you'd be right.
If you look at that satellite view, you will see all those neat circles that are the artifact of the watering machines that travel in circles in order to water crops efficiently.
And it has an airport too, out on the eastern side of the town. That's plot material.
Last week, the United Nations, of which we pay a healthy share of the budget, decided to issue a resolution condemning Israel for constructing settlements in areas it has occupied for 50 years or so. The scandals are many, but let's confine ourselves to two -- first, that this was simply the latest of 20 resolutions condemning Israel this year alone, more than five times as many as the U.N.'s resolutions condemning all other nations combined, including Iran, North Korea and Syria; and second that the USA, for only a few weeks more represented by Barack Obama, chose not to veto this resolution.
Notwithstanding the venom of Obama choosing his "way out the door time" to decide to screw our friend and ally in the Middle East, we do indeed need to look at the other scandal, the preponderance of anti-Israel Security Council resolutions. Because if that is the apparent purpose of the Security Council -- really, can we point to anything that it has done productively since maybe the Kosovo wars? -- then why is the USA even wasting its time?
And that's where Scott City comes into play.
You see, right now, the UN Headquarters are located on otherwise valuable land in Manhattan, by the good graces of the United States of America. If we are going to start caring about how our taxpayers' money is being spent, then I can think of no better place than our hosting of the U.N. Why is it necessary to put them on expensive land in New York?
Scott City is a perfect place to relocate the U.N. There is plenty of land; so someone could not only build a building to serve as Headquarters, but also a big hotel for the ambassadors and their staffs during the active sessions of the U.N. While the airport is being expanded to support the uptick in travel there, you can fly into nearby Garden City, reachable from, say, Washington-Dulles with only a connection in Dallas, or just a quick Dulles-Charlotte-Dallas-Garden City loop. There is bus and taxi service up to Scott City. Viola!
There are so many benefits that I can barely fit them into one column. For example, people would actually see a part of America they never do, especially the press who would have to go to a new part of the country to cover the U.N. In fact, precisely because there is little do in Scott City other than buying cattle feed and fertilizer, it is possible that the U.N. might move to a few brief sessions each quarter and have everyone go back home most of the year, where they can do things other than pass resolutions condemning Israel.
Of course if some of the pompous jackals in the U.N. decide that the middle of western Kansas is not splendid enough for them, well, they are free to move U.N. Headquarters to their own countries, like, you know, Kazakhstan or Burkina Faso or Yemen. Yeah, maybe Yemen.
President-elect Donald Trump is just the kind of person, and just the kind of president, who would consider this sort of thing, so I will be sure to tweet him a link to this article. I guarantee that if it gets to his attention, he will chuckle and then maybe give it some thought.
Copyright 2016 by Robert Sutton
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