|Issue No 99||15 June 2001|
Extracted from The Chaser
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn't pay anyway.
The United States had reacted angrily to its failure to gain re-election to the UN Human Rights Commission and the International Narcotics Control Board. The US Congress has sent a letter to the United Nations threatening to withhold American money owed to the UN.
A spokesperson for the United Nations has admitted that they were puzzled by a threat.
"We are a little unsure whether they are threatening not to pay the money that they already haven't paid or the money that they seem unlikely to pay in the future," questioned one UN employee.
A spokesperson later clarified the US position. "The Republican administration is threatening to take America's policy of financially crippling the UN even further," he explained. "We will move to a policy of actively depriving the UN of funds, using such means as stealing that Kofi guy's wallet. Or maybe his suits. Geez, he wears nice suits."
The US President was incensed by the snubbing from the UN Human Rights Commission. He was particularly miffed by the fact that Sudan had been voted onto the Committee.
"How did those guys get on?" he reportedly asked. "Their whole political system is racially and religiously biased, they still have the death penalty and they refuse to support the creation of an International Criminal Court. It is an outrage that they should purport to be the guardians of international human rights."
The Bush administration also expressed confusion at the ousting of the US from the International Narcotics Control Board.
"The CIA controls most narcotics so I don't understand how we got kicked off," said a Bush spokesperson.
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