September 9, 2005


Ambassador Seeks Change in U.N. Management (MICHAEL MELIA, September 9, 2005, Associated Press)

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton called Friday for a "cultural revolution" in the way the United Nations does business, citing the oil-for-food scandal as an example of the need for sweeping reform at the world body.

A report this week blamed bad management for allowing Saddam Hussein's government to reap $10.2 billion from the humanitarian program designed to help the Iraqi people cope with U.N. sanctions.

"This is the kind of development that I think shocks our conscience in America, to see the humanitarian impulse so cynically manipulated," Bolton said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress. [...]

"Management reform is not a one-night stand. Management reform is forever. What we really need is a cultural revolution in terms of reform at the United Nations," Bolton said.

There's a leaden phrase.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2005 8:56 PM

If every intellectual at Turtle Bay were paraded around and forced to wear a dunce cap and then had to dig in the dirt for potatoes, things might improve.

Perhaps he should have referred to a great leap forward in management, or a new order of accountability, or even the nurture of a hundred blooming flowers.....

No phrase is too laced with poison when describing the UN, where oppression and genocide are enabled, protected, and then whitewashed.

Posted by: ratbert at September 9, 2005 9:27 PM

No0 actually its acurate. Maoist tactics are called for. How about depriving the UN staff of food for a while.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 9:51 PM

If one were to reform the mafia it would still be the mafia.

Posted by: MB at September 9, 2005 10:07 PM

Interesting side note.

Howard Dean addressed a black organization and fanned the flames of racism and class wafare.

Horrible, terrible John Bolton addressed the World Jewish Conference.

Posted by: TedM at September 9, 2005 10:18 PM

I'm guessing the left will finally find the phrase "cultural revolution" and what it stands for in history to be offensive and worthy of censure- but only long enough for Bolton's comments to be forgotten. Then it will be right back to being a defensible pice of communist endeavour.

Posted by: BC Monkey at September 10, 2005 7:59 AM

What's needed at the U.N. is a Herculean cleansing of the Augean stables, not a cultural revolution, which after all only attempted to replace traditional values and institutions for Communist dogma and oppression.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 8:07 AM

Remember, this is the UN. He's probably fishing for Chinese support on the Security Council.

(But does he know that Hu Jintao's father was disgraced and killed during the Cultural Revolution?)

Posted by: pj at September 10, 2005 10:20 AM

Perhaps he meant to say 'structural' revolution, and that bushy moustache got in the way.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 10, 2005 12:04 PM
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