As an American, I am disgusted by the policies of my government. I think the way we approach the UN, and global politics is a sick joke. If our government was genuine in its desire to further the cause of human rights and propagate peace we would operate quite differently. As it stands, I think the US is by far the most dangerous nation in the world. We are simultaneously involved in 2 wars of aggression yet many American citizens still believe we're a force for peace. Do you think America has the "World's best health care" as well? Personally, I believe International institutions such as the UN would operate much more effectively if power was distributed more broadly. In it's current state, I don't think the UN can be seen as anything other than a political tool of a handful of nations.
Another important point, I think the US has lost the moral high ground to lecture ANYONE on human rights. We'd have to fully confront the issues of torture before we regained any credibility in that department. Then again, our concerns regarding human rights has always been, how should I say it, selective.