March 01, 2006

Debunking the Claim that the UAE is a strong ally in the GWOT: U.N. votes analyzed.

Many supporters of the Bush Administration are making the claim that the UAE is an ally of the U.S., and any questions regarding the wisdom of letting a company owned by Dubai operate U.S. ports must therefore be motivated out of irrational prejeduce. While it may be true that the UAE--and especially Dubai--have been cooperative in letting U.S. ships make ports of call, helped establish a CIA station, and allow U.S. planes to refuel there, is this all that it takes to become an 'ally' of the U.S.?

Aaron has been posting data on U.N. votes the past couple of days. So, who is America's strongest ally--as measured by percent of votes alligned with the U.S. in the United Nations?

Palau at 100% in 2004. Don't worry, I had to look it up too! Did you know, for instance, that we've have a free trade agreement with Palau since 1993? Me either. That giant sucking sound you hear are all the jobs going to Palau!

Next to the tiny grouping of islands, who is our greatest ally in the U.N.?

Israel, which was 100% in 20004, 93% in 2002-03, and 100% in 2001.

How does the UAE compare? The UAE, our allies according to President Bush, voted with the U.S. 12.5% of the time in 2004. In 2001 and in 2003 the UAE voted 0% of the time with the U.S. In 2002 they voted with us 17.6% of the time.

That's an average of 7.5% of agreement in the U.N. with the U.S. after 9/11 (if we include 2001). Don't believe me? Go look at the data yourself.

If you'll remember, the Bush Administration makes the claim that after 9/11 the UAE made a strategic decision to become a U.S. ally. So, if that claim were true, you'd expect that before 2001, the UAE must have supported the U.S. position in the UN even more.

2000 30%
1999 33%
1998 32%
1997 34%
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Pre-911 four year average = 32%
Post-911 four year average = 7.5%

Are the United Arab Emirates allies of the U.S.? You do the math.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:59 AM | Comments |