March 8, 2005

JUST DESSERTS (via Daniel Merriman):

Bush's Perverse UN Pick (IAN WILLIAMS, March 8, 2005, The Nation)

The nomination of John Bolton to be US ambassador to the United Nations is a resounding declaration of American contempt for the organization and the rest of the world. When Condoleezza Rice forced Bolton out of his niche at the State Department, it was taken worldwide as a positive indication of the prospects of multilateralism in Bush's second term, in some measure compensating for the retirement of Colin Powell--not least since no one was sure how much of a multilateralist Rice is.

Some playful souls scared colleagues by suggesting that Bolton could end up as UN ambassador, but the consensus was that not even Bush could be that crassly insouciant about the views of the rest of the world.

This week showed that once again, the world has underestimated the President.

Bolton's nomination sends a message to the Europeans that on his recent European tour Bush was only kidding about a joint approach to global threats. It sends a message to the rest of the world that the United States will not listen to them, but will pursue its own obsessively theological agenda in the teeth of almost universal opposition.

Yes, the President went to Europe and ate his vegetables. But after you do so you get a nice big piece of cake and you get to eat it too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2005 5:11 PM

Considering all the Democrats and Internationalists who oppose this nominee, I'd say President Bush made an outstanding choice!

Posted by: Oswald Booth Czolgosz at March 8, 2005 5:22 PM

After France's committment of one officer to train iraqis and the intention to sell high tech weaponary to China, Bushes appointment of Bolton is a fair response, comparable to an Italians flicking his thumb off his teeth to Chirac. I love it. Bolton in 2008.

Posted by: Genecis at March 8, 2005 6:34 PM

It has become quite clear that Bolton was not "forced out", nor "passed over", nor any of the other phrases the MSM used for what went on with him.
What is plainly obvious is that Bush & Condi all along had slated him as Ambassador to the UN.

How many times is the MSM going to get kicked in the teeth before they figure Bush out?

Posted by: ray at March 8, 2005 11:39 PM

Absolutely true, Oswald.

When the "Nation" goes apoplectic and criticizes something as perverse, you know you're on the right track.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 9, 2005 2:09 AM

Let's hope Mr. Bolton makes some crackerjack speeches on the limits of multilateralism and the ideological rot in the UN, and not just the corruption and peace-keeping failures, which are easy targets. I'm not sure its a promising long-term strategy to keep making sunny declarations of fidelity to the UN while undercutting it in a kind of "nudge-nudge" way.

Posted by: Peter B at March 9, 2005 7:09 AM