Member countries act in their own interest rather than the common good, leading to bad decisions.
No one else is going to look out for the security and interests of the U.S.
Countries will disagree and obstruct just to thwart the U.S.
We often have intelligence that the U.N. doesn't that we can't release.
Debate takes too much time and leads to inaction.
The tough but necessary actions are often the most risky and unpopular.
The veto and chairmanship procedures of the U.N. administration has become somewhat of a joke.
We need to maintain a threat of acting alone to push the U.N. to not make anti-U.S. decisions.
There are some world problems that only the U.S. is willing to deal with
(e.g. North Korea).
The U.N. is not a true democratic institution since many of the countries are communist or dictatorships.
Anti-Americanism will continue to grow.
It creates the impression that the U.N. is irrelevant, and other countries may feel they too can act alone.
Different perspectives of other nations can show us our actions may be wrong.
The U.N. process forces us to use diplomacy and enhance relationships.
Ignoring the U.N. makes us sound hypocritical since we condemn
Iran and others for the same reasons.
Conventional wisdom says an orderly world body is needed to ensure world peace and prosperity. The United Nations is the
closest thing the world has to that concept, and it is considered a
representation of the "court of world opinion".
Recently the U.N. has come under fire for it's inaction and ineffectiveness. The U.N. has been accused of being anti-American,
as evidenced by the French, Germans, and others thwarting America's attempts to build
world support for a war with Iraq.
Seventeen resolutions had been thoroughly ignored by Saddam Hussein over the course of of 12 years, yet the U.N.
take action. The U.N. has failed to act in other hotspots like Rwanda, Bosnia, the Congo,
Indochina, etc. leading to millions of
deaths. Many accuse the U.N. of turning into a version of the ineffective "League of Nations" that allowed Hitler to overtake
Europe and start a war that cost 55 million people their lives. Many accuse the U.N. of turning into a meaningless debating
society. The question remains, should the U.S. act outside the wishes of the U.N. when action is necessary. This question
becomes especially relevant as we begin to confront Iran on its nuclear program.