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US ambassador to UN colleagues: Could you guys please stop showing up drunk?

posted at 11:02 pm on March 5, 2013 by

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“We make the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be an inebriation-free zone,” Joseph Torsella, deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for management and reform, told the General Assembly’s budget committee.

“While my government is truly grateful for the strategic opportunities presented by some recent past practices, let’s save the champagne for toasting the successful end of the session, and do some credit to the Fifth Committee’s reputation in the process,” he said. …

Diplomats who have participated sessions have told Reuters that it is not unusual to see delegates showing visible signs of having imbibed heavily.

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Look at it from the UN’s perspective.

If you had to go to a meeting with a representative of the Obama administration, wouldn’t you want to be drunk, too?

malclave on March 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Just remember, if they go home at the end of the day thinking they didn’t accomplish anything, that’s usually a good thing.

Dusty on March 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Diplomats who have participated sessions have told Reuters that it is not unusual to see delegates showing visible signs of having imbibed heavily.

What’s the over/under on the biggest lushes coming from Muslim countries?

Odysseus on March 6, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Just remember, if they go home at the end of the day thinking they didn’t accomplish anything, that’s usually a good thing.

Dusty on March 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Right, feed ‘em all the booze they can drink. With a little luck, they’ll burn the place down.

petefrt on March 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM

With a little luck, they’ll burn the place down.

petefrt on March 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM

And hopefully trip while trying to get out, left in a pile on the burning floor.

Badger40 on March 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Name ‘em and shame ‘em! I still think the UN should be moved to one of the Carnival Cruise line ships and OFF US soil. Stick ‘em out in International waters and they’ll be as safe as kittens, right?

CitizenEgg on March 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Name ‘em and shame ‘em! I still think the UN should be moved to one of the Carnival Cruise line ships and OFF US soil. Stick ‘em out in International waters and they’ll be as safe as kittens, right?

CitizenEgg on March 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Ooooh, this might be a perfect use of the new Titanic! It has that whole elitist feel going on – you can put the translators and secrataries in steerage! – and such luxury. It would be like Davos at sea! They could stay close to the North Atlantic, since I’m sure they would want to remain close to the US and Europe. I think that would be an IDEAL location for it to steam about! I don’t foresee any problems! Nope, not a one!

GWB on March 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

“We make the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be an inebriation-free zone,” Joseph Torsella, deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for management and reform, told the General Assembly’s budget committee.

As is her custom, Ambassador Rice was absent for the day…

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

The AoS lifestyle is not for everyone?

TexasDan on March 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Shocking that theirs alcohol at the UN.

Haram.

Ben Hur on March 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Ted Kennedy just popped a champagne bottle in his grave…

burserker on March 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I wonder if the Drunk-Free Zone will work as well at keeping the U.N. “working” as the Gun-Free Zones do at keeping us “safe.”

arik1969 on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM