In answers to questions from Biden and other senators, Bolton said some of his past remarks about the United Nations had been “quoted out of context.” He said he had been trying to make the point that the United Nations is not a disembodied entity, but reflects the will of its member governments, and that his remark about lopping off 10 stories from U.N. headquarters was meant to convey that the world body’s 51,000-member bureaucracy could be made a lot leaner and more efficient.
“I think a reduction in personnel is something that every manager . . . should strive for,” he said.
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I love this last quote. I think it pretty much says everything we need to know about John Bolton and the Bush administration.