Rudi to the UN

The NY Post editorial page has an intriguing suggestion:

The appointment of U.N. Ambassador John Negroponte as U.S. envoy to Iraq places a seasoned diplomat in an extraordinarily sensitive spot – and gives President Bush an opportunity to speak real truth to the corrupt power at Turtle Bay.

That is, by appointing as Negroponte’s successor a man who truly knows the neighborhood – in more ways than one.

Rudy Giuliani.

OK, so America’s mayor is a little short on diplomatic skills.

Big deal. So were Jeane Kirkpatrick and the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.N. ambassadors who honored themselves and their country by bluntly refusing to pretend that the international organization is anything other than what it truly is: a moral sinkhole.

And Giuliani, once upon a time, was a damned fine prosecutor – just the ticket for an organization mired in a scandal of gargantuan proportion: Saddam Hussein’s oil-for-food rip-off.

Plus, we could spare the taxpayers relocation expenses since Giuliani’s already there! It’s an amusing idea although I can’t think why he’d want it. I can’t think of anyone who had anything approaching Giuliani’s prestige level going into that job. Several people, most notably George H.W. Bush, have gone from that job to more plum positions, however.

Via James Taranto

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