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(Jim Lobe. "Ill-will Ambassador." Inter Press Service. Posted March 8, 2005.) "John Bolton is a man best known for sabotaging international treaties and alienating entire nations. That's why he's been picked to be our ambassador to the United Nations...

"In a breath-taking victory for right-wing hawks, President George W. Bush has nominated a die-hard unilateralist to become his next ambassador to the United Nations.

"John Bolton is best known as one of the most confrontational, combative, and humorless figures within the administration...

"...advocating U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and railing against the grave threat posed to U.S. sovereignty by the United Nations and its Secretary-General Kofi Annan. At one point, Bolton suggested simply halting U.S. payments to the world body...

"...a forceful advocate for extremist policies favored by a right-wing coalition of neoconservatives, aggressive nationalists and the Christian right.

"In the summer of 2001, he shocked foreign delegations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons when he announced that Washington would oppose any attempt to regulate the trade in firearms or non-military rifles or any other effort that would "abrogat(e) the constitutional right to bear arms."...

"Bolton single-handedly sabotaged a UN meeting to forge an international verification protocol designed to put teeth into a treaty on bio-weapons...

"Bolton's shoot-from-the-hip style and penchant for incendiary, unsubstantiated allegations made him increasingly unpopular among his colleagues. In July 2003, for example, he was forced to cancel plans to testify to Congress about Syria's alleged plans to develop weapons of mass destruction because of a ''revolt'' among U.S. intelligence analysts, who insisted that there was no evidence to warrant such a conclusion...

"...the North Korean media described Bolton as ''rude human scum'' and a ''bloodthirsty vampire'' and demanded that he be withdrawn from the delegation that was to take part in the talks...

"''His nomination sends the exactly the wrong message to the world about the Bush administration's willingness to work with other countries and in multilateral institutions. There's no one who has a greater track record of offending other countries, including our closest allies," Hamilton says.

"The "message" to the UN is equally worrisome given Bolton's public and well-documented disdain for the institution. This is, after all, a man who once asserted, ''If the UN (secretariat) building in New York lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.''"


"Bush's nomination of John Bolton to be ambassador to the UN is a resounding declaration of American contempt for the organization. It sends a message to the rest of the world that the United States will pursue its own obsessively theological agenda in the teeth of almost universal opposition. Bolton is unlikely to pay much attention to his nominal boss, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, so even if she is sincere in her recent promises of cooperation with US allies he will sabotage her efforts at the UN...

"... Bolton's task is likely to be to bully the UN into supporting an Iraqi-style fiasco in Iran or Syria... his fervent opposition to international restrictions on the small-arms trade, landmines, biological weapons, child soldiers and nuclear-testing suggests that he is quite prepared to accept significant casualties for his views--as long as they are other people's casualties" ("In Fact." The Nation, March 28, 2005: 26).


"Bolton is known for being arrogant, humorless, self-righteous and confrontational, and he hates the UN. In other words, the perfect diplomat...

"Bolton's contempt for the UN is notorious and could not be clearer. Bolton said: "There is no United Nations... When the United States leads, the United Nations will follow. When it suits our interests to do so, we will do so. When it does not suit our interests, we will not." Let's hear it for international consultation and consideration for everyone" (Molly Ivins. "Stench of Rotting Ethics." Progressive Populist, April 15, 2005: 22).


"China has opposed Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the UN security council, saying it is unfit for such leadership until it faces up to its past. In addition old animosities were rekindled after Japan's education ministry approved textbooks that critics say whitewash the history of Japanese aggression in the region...

"...anti-Japanese sentiment has soard in China and in South Korea...

"In March tensions between Tokyo and Seoul grew after Japan restated an old territorial claim to a group of small islands occupied by South Korea. The claim stoked bad feelings connected with Japan's occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945" (Anthony Faiola. "Japan suffers bombardment from cyberspace." Guardian Weekly, May 26, 2005: 22).


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