- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article criticizing climate czar-designate Carol M. Browner for her involvement with a global organization (“Obama climate czar has socialist ties,” Page 1, Monday) presents a shallow and mistaken view of global institutions and “global governance.” Global governance does not mean abdication of U.S. leadership or hostility to U.S. positions.

There are important challenges facing the United States and the world that are global in scale, including addressing global environmental degradation, providing international peace and security, advancing justice and the rule of law, and fostering improvements in health and well-being in developing countries. Global organizations are necessary to approach these problems, and the United States has an essential leadership role to play in creating, supporting and sometimes reforming them.

Choosing not to participate in global institutions and disdaining multilateral agreements regarding serious international threats - including climate change, terrorism, pandemics and nuclear proliferation - would weaken U.S. national security.

The United States is a leading political, economic and military presence in the world and possesses the intellectual tradition and practical experience to contribute valuably to international institutions. Global institutions encourage communication and collaboration, and they allow alliances to grow.

Mrs. Browner is to be commended for working with global leaders, participating in global organizations, and presenting her ideas in a global forum. No country, not even the United States, is powerful enough to solve global problems alone.

ROBERT A. ENHOLM

Executive vice president

Citizens for Global Solutions

Washington

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