So I'm delighted to see that I'm not the only one who thinks the League of Democracies is a crappy idea. That article, in case you can't access it, credits moderate Democratic scholars G. John Ikenberry and Anne-Marie Slaughter with setting the idea out first in 2006, but the truth is, I think The Onion thought of it first, nearly three years earlier. "US Creates Own UN," I recall the headline being.
Not surprisingly, the overseas reaction is tepid or worse, as exemplified by this excellent piece by Shashi Tharoor. Over at the Financial Times, Gideon Rachman is against it too.