August 2, 2005

CONDI'S GOT IT COVERED:

Bush's U.N. Agenda Is Well Under Way (STEVEN R. WEISMAN, 8/02/05, NY Times)
[A]merican officials say much of their reform agenda at the United Nations has been accomplished during the months while Mr. Bolton's nomination languished. [...]

Aides to Mr. Bush have outlined six major objectives for what is called reform, and the administration has won support for all of them from Secretary General Kofi Annan and from other countries.

The first, administrative streamlining in Mr. Annan's office, to avoid a repetition of the corruption and mismanagement in the oil-for-food program, is being overseen by a newly appointed under secretary general for management, Christopher B. Burnham, an American, who previously oversaw budget, administration and security at the State Department.

A second objective, elimination of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, where countries like Libya, Sudan and Cuba have sat and made judgments on other nations' records, is likely to be achieved in September, though the process of replacing it with another body could take a year, according to United Nations officials.

A third goal, setting up a United Nations Democracy Fund, has generated broad support.

Two other goals are in the offing, including adoption of a new treaty opposing terrorism within countries as well as between them, and establishing a "peace-building commission."

Finally, the United States is close to achieving a broad statement at the United Nations laying out policies toward alleviation of poverty in developing countries. [...]

More important than Mr. Bolton's style, several diplomats said, was the clear indication in recent months, while Mr. Bolton's nomination was in suspension, that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had taken the lead in advocating changes at the United Nations.
He's just a quota hire--gotta throw the neocons a bone once in awhile.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2005 8:44 AM
Comments

Could it be that, by focusing the media-Democrat complex's attention on Bolton in Washington, it was possible for real work to get done in New York? Yet another example of how gridlock on Capitol Hill is a good thing.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 2, 2005 10:01 AM
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