Monday, March 07, 2005

Bush Administration Signals Continued UN "Irrelevancy"

Where in the hell do they keep digging these guys up? I mean, really - is there some kind of medical transfer apparatus in the basement of the White House that implants the assholiness gene in every one of these people??

Individual Profile | John Bolton:

John Bolton , George W. Bush's undersecretary of State for arms control and international security, is the administration's designated treaty killer. Since his nomination (which was opposed by Secretary of State Colin Powell), Bolton's reputation as a rabid opponent of international agreements and loose-lipped critic of foreign regimes has become the stuff of legend, at times hampering the State Department's ability to undertake negotiations...

And George Bush was kind enough to nominate Mr. Bolton this morning as the U.S.'s new ambassador to the United Nations. Another "my way or the highway" kind of guy. You have to admit., he fits this administration's international diplomacy modus operandi perfectly.

Judd Legum of American Progress forwards the following philosophical quip from Bolton:

Bolton has harshly disparaged the United Nations in the past. In 1994, for example, he charged, "There's no such thing as the United Nations," saying that ‘'If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.'' Four years later, he attacked the international body again, saying, "many Republicans in Congress - and perhaps a majority - not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a ‘make my day' outcome. Indeed, once the vote is lost, and the adverse consequences predicted by the U.N.'s supporters begin to occur, this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing more should be paid to the U.N. system."

Where do they continue to find guys like this?