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Bush appoints Bolton to UN..read about Bolton's view on the UN here

After refusing to release to Congress classified documents which would reveal the character of John Bolton's work in the State Department, Bush bypasses Congressional approval to appoint Bolton as PERMANENT representative to the UN the day after Congress goes into recess.
"The United States makes the UN work when it wants it to work.." - John Bolton
this transcript was a portion from today's Democracy Now! program. To see the full program go to  http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/08/02/1438219

JOHN BOLTON: Mr. President, Madame Secretary, my wife, Gretchen, and our daughter, J.S., in absentia, I'm profoundly honored, indeed humbled, by the confidence that you have shown by appointing me to serve as the United States's permanent representative to the United Nations. You have made your directions for U.S. policy at the United Nations clear, and I am prepared to work tirelessly to carry out the agenda and initiatives that you and Secretary Rice direct. We seek a stronger, more effective organization, true to the ideals of its founders and agile enough to act in the 21st century. It will be a distinct privilege to be an advocate for America's values and interests at the U.N. and in the words of the U.N. Charter, "to help maintain international peace and security." My deepest thanks to you both for the opportunity to continue to serve America.


AMY GOODMAN: John Bolton, speaking Monday after President Bush nominated him the new U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bolton soon afterwards was sworn into office, went immediately to New York. He was reportedly booed on the sidewalk outside the U.S. mission to the United Nations.

Bolton has been one of the fiercest critics of the United Nations within the Bush administration. He has drawn major fire for allegedly bullying subordinates. Last March, 59 former diplomats and officials called for the Senate to reject Bolton's nomination in an open letter to Richard Lugar, the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Opponents charged Bolton with trying to manipulate intelligence and intimidating intelligence analysts to support hawkish views as the top State Department diplomat for arms control.

More recently, Democrats vowed to block a vote on the nomination until they received classified documents related to Bolton's State Department service. When the White House refused the request, Democrats refused to end the debate in the Senate. Republicans twice failed to secure the 60 votes required to cut them off.

This is John Bolton more than ten years ago. He was speaking at an event called the "Global Structures Convocation." It was held on February 3, 1994 in New York. This is some of what John Bolton had to say.

JOHN BOLTON: The point that I want to leave with you in this very brief presentation is where I started is: there is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that's the United States, when it suits our interest, and when we can get others to go along, and I think it would be a real mistake to count on the United Nations as if it's some disembodied entity out there that can function on its own. When the United States leads, the United Nations will follow. When it suits our interest to do so, we will lead. When it does not suit our interest to do so, we will not, and I think that is the most important thing to carry away tonight.


AMY GOODMAN: That was the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, speaking February 3, 1994. This another clip from that event.

JOHN BOLTON: The League of Nations was a failure because the United States did not participate. The United Nations would be a failure if the United States did not participate and, in fact, I remember as vividly as though it were yesterday, right after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Jim Baker said to me, we're going to make this United Nations work, or we're going to find out whether it is the League Nations or the UN. And that's the fact. And if you don't like it, then I'm sorry. The United States makes the UN work when it wants it to work, and that is exactly the way it should be, because the only question, the only question for the United States is what is in our national interest. And if you don't like that, I'm sorry, but that is the fact.


AMY GOODMAN: That tape of John Bolton released at end of March this year by Citizens for Global Solutions. Here is one more excerpt from that event, more than a decade ago.

JOHN BOLTON: If you think that there is any possibility in this country that a 51,000-person bureaucracy is going to be supported by most Americans, you better think again. The Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If you lost ten stories today, it wouldn't make a bit of difference. The United Nations is one of the most inefficient, intergovernmental organizations going. UNESCO is even worse, and others go downhill from there. The fact of the matter is that the international system that has grown up, and again, I leave out the World Bank and the IMF, because I do think they're in a separate category, has been put into a position of hiring ineffective people who do ineffective things, that have no real world impact. And we pay 25% of the budget.


AMY GOODMAN: John Bolton, new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaking in 1994.
this post is sorta 02.Aug.2005 13:14

redundant

dontcha think?

... 02.Aug.2005 17:05

this thing here

mr. bolton doesn't seem to understand that the united states ISN'T LEADING the world right now. he mistakes hegemonic power, which the u.s. does possess, with leadership. of course, this is a logical fallacy, yet one more to add to the thousands already put forward by the right wing and the neo-cons. because where is the u.s. leading the world? where? insurgency supression wars? actions which generate more excuses for terrorists? resource depletion? environmental destruction? resource wars? failing economies?

just because you're the most powerful nation on earth, does that mean you LEAD THE WORLD? did hitler LEAD germany, or did he destroy germany. how about stalin? how about pol pot. pinochet? they may have been leaders, but did they actually "lead" "their" countries anywhere but DOWN to hell on earth?

is that leadership?

so to hoist mr. bolton on his own stupid petard, the u.n. will fail if it FOLLOWS america's present "leadership", but not because it doesn't.