Bolton has a tin ear when it comes to listening to other countries.(The Nation)
There is a bio on Right Web. I emphasize what will go down in history as Bolton’s most disgusting act:
In July 2002, the Wall Street Journal reported that Bolton’s “most memorable moment came after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a halt to the recount, when Mr. Bolton strode into a Tallahassee library, where the count was still going on, and declared: `I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the vote’.”
The bio forgot the part about Bolton taking a plane across the Atlantic in order to be on the ground in Florida to make that arrogant announcement.
After thanking Bolton for his services, Vice President-elect Cheney was asked what job Bolton would get in the new administration. “People ask what [job] John should get,” Cheney said, “My answer is, anything he wants.”
Yes Bush/Cheney owed him big-time. His tenure in the UN by Presidential appointment will only be for one year but since he is hyper-active and hell-bent he could achieve a great deal of destruction in that short time. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail and prevent his course.
Seeing him on Nightline, last night, I noticed that he is even uglier in video than in still photos, very fidgety and shifty-eyed. He evaded what I thought were sharp questions from Terry Moran and got in a plug for the invasion of Iran.
[I was unable to find a transcript/video of the interview on ABC’s website or search engine].
March 15, 2006, UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, on Wednesday compared the threat from Iran’s nuclear programs to the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.
“Just like September 11, only with nuclear weapons this time, that’s the threat. I think that is the threat,” Bolton told ABC News’ Nightline program.
Terry Moran in a comment after the interview was over told us about Bolton’s latest vote against the UN Human Rights Council:
Bolton = 4
Rest of the World = 170
Heck of a job, Johnny!
More on Bolton from The Nation:
The Bolton Archipelago
The three states that the United States led into the “nay” camp were Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands, which are among the highest per capita recipients of US cash in the world, along with the Federated States of Micronesia, which even Bolton couldn’t bully enough.
Nor could one be sure that Venezuela, Belarus and Iran, the states that abstained, were necessarily part of the Administration’s dream team. [LOL]
Along with the “Responsibility to Protect” resolution adopted last year, the Human Rights Council is a step forward for the United Nations. But far from being rewarded by Congress, watch out for attacks on the world’s temerity for disagreeing with Ambassador Bolton.
Warnings from Steve Clemons on Bolton Watch, February 28, 2006.