Sunday, March 20, 2005

Finally a diplomat with balls

This link from LGF (what is the real meaning of "little green footballs"?) about President Bush's new nominee for ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. It links to another website which contains a Mark Steyn column from the U.K Spectator which talks about Mr. Bolton and just what he thinks about the UN. A few of Mr. Bolton's thoughts on the United Nations:

On the UN: "There is no such thing as the United Nations."

On the UN building: "If you lost ten storeys, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." (Note: In the run-up to the Iraq War, I found myself wondering what the world would have been like if the 9/11 terrorists had targeted the UN instead of the World Trade Center. I guess we will never know.)

On the reform of the Security Council: "If I were redoing the Security Council, I'd have one permanent member ...the United States."

On the International Criminal Court: "Fuzzy-minded romanticism ...not just naive but dangerous."

On international law in general: "It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law."

On offering incentives to rogue states: "I don't do carrots."

Sounds like he has attended the Great El-ahrairah's School on International Diplomacy and Social Etiquette . I have often thought that the US needed a UN ambassador who would do a little bit less UN "butt-licking" and a bit more UN "butt-kicking". It looks like we may have found that man. Now if we could only get rid of "Kofi the Appeaser".


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