May 3, 2005


Bolton's style cited in treaty impasse (Farah Stockman, May 3, 2005, Boston Globe)

In December 2001, at a conference on biological weapons, John R. Bolton stunned his fellow diplomats by insisting, without warning, that the nations of the world abandon their years-long effort to enforce the global treaty on germ warfare, according to conference participants.

The US demand, made in the final hours of a three-week conference in Geneva by a Bolton deputy, was a defining moment for the newly minted undersecretary of state for arms control. It underscored Bolton's guiding philosophy: that treaties alone do not keep the world safe from weapons of mass destruction.

It also highlighted Bolton's style, which several diplomats at the conference said left a lasting impression. Some diplomats who were present at the conference recounted to the Globe incidents that highlighted Bolton's legendary temper, including an episode in which he shouted at a South African diplomat who had objected to Bolton's stance on the treaty.

His opponents really need to stop inflating his resume if they're going to defeat him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2005 8:17 AM

With this kind of press maybe he should try for 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at May 3, 2005 8:36 AM

Bolton's inner s.o.b. should be able to whip Biden's inner child.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 3, 2005 9:56 AM

Is the author suggesting that Bolton was engaging in a rogue diplomatic maneuver? If not, where is the sin when a diplomat follows the orders of the President?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at May 3, 2005 5:34 PM