NYT Misstates U.S. Record on UN Vetoes

The New York Times has a curious reference today concerning the White House’s strategy on a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements:

The new White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said Thursday that he would not say whether the United States would invoke its rarely used veto power in the Council.

The United States vetoes Security Council resolutions more often than any other country. (The Soviet Union once racked up an impressive record in a short amount of time, but since 1970 or so the United States has led by a wide margin.)

Many of those vetoes concern resolutions critical of Israel–by now, this is fairly well-known, well-documented phenomenon.

Is it opposite day?


Phyllis Bennis writes (AlterNet, 2/18/11):

In fact, the U.S. veto in the Security Council was consistent with a long and sordid history.As of 2009, fully half of the vetoes ever cast were to protect Israel from being held accountable in the UN for violations of international law and human rights. Another one-third were to protect racist regimes in southern Africa — South Africa and pre-independence South-West Africa — from the same accountability. Taken together, fully five out of six, or more than 80 percent of U.S. vetoes, have been cast to protect Washington’s allies accused of apartheid practices.

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