Monday, August 01, 2005
Well, I suppose we saw this coming:
- Nota bene, United Nations members: John Bolton doesn't do carrots on sticks--but he is able to administer a dose of "tough love," according to his supporters.
For President George W. Bush has appointed the uncompromising Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, claiming that Democrats' "shameful delaying tactics" had forced him to bypass Congress. Under the terms of the controversial "recess appointment," Bolton--a quondam critic of the UN--will serve at the organization until January 2007.
Moustachioed Bolton has both his admirers and detractors: Few doubt Bolton is incredibly hard-working and intelligent, even if the Yale University-educated lawyer has a history of putting noses out of joint. Groups opposing his nomination call attention to footage of Bolton saying that there is "no such thing" as the UN and claiming the U.S. to be the globe's "only real power." He has also been strongly critical of countries like North Korea and Iran.
One supporter was quoted in published reports as saying that Bolton could offer "a dose of tough love, to an organization very much in need of it.