The timing is most uncanny.
Scarcely did the Group of Eight announce its decision to create a global peacekeeping force but Congress was already in full swing to fulfill its end of this U.N. agenda.
Introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Chair Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on June 9 was S. 2514, The Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative Act, allowing for “the transfer of funds for foreign countries to participate in international peacekeeping or peace enforcement operations.”
Coincidentally, June 9 is also the day reports floated from Sea Island, Ga., that the meeting Group of Eight — the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Russia and Italy — set plans to create a 50,000-plus group of global peacekeepers by 2010. This plan comes with a hefty price tag; Americans will provide $660 million over the next five years for training and equipment.
Senior administration officials briefing reporters at the scene of the G-8 summit said justification for this global force stems primarily from