Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The un-UN

Bleached white, compact, moved from the too internationalist locale of NYC to the comfortably provincial locale of DC, and minus the Bolton floors, minus 190 or so uppity members, minus those annoying membership dues, and minus those sovereignty-challenging blue helmets, it’s a wingnut dream come true: the un-UN, the United Nations minus the nations.

And in the terrifying tradition of The Patriot Act, The Protect America Act, The Healthy Forests Initiatives, and The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act, the Congressionally mandated organization is called The United States Institute of Peace.

[Insert deity of your choice] help us.

Former members of the United States Institute of Peace
Board of Directors include Condoleeza Rice and Robert H. Gates. The current Chair of the board is J. Robinson West, who coincidentally also is the Chairman of PFC Energy.

What is PFC Energy? According to its website:
PFC Energy has been a trusted advisor to energy companies and governments across the globe for over twenty years….

PFC Energy provides in-depth analysis and forward-looking scenarios which provide the foundation for strategy development, investment evaluation and commercial decisions at the global and regional level.

Our senior executives routinely discuss issues and trends affecting the energy industry with international and national company leaders and government policy makers. Our Washington, DC location adds a special understanding of the impact of US foreign policy on energy issues. [emph added]

If you get the chance, stop by and visit any one of PFC Energy’s conveniently located offices in Bahrain, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, and, of course, Washington DC, among other oily places.

FYI: Also currently sitting on the board of the United States Institute of Peace, presumably for comic relief, is Ron Silver, actor, producer, director, Primparous Productions, Inc.

*Architect's rendering of future United States Institute of Peace headquarters.

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