Skip to comments.John Bolton: The Right Man, In The Right Place, At The Right Time
Posted on 03/15/2005 5:52:09 AM PST by Alex Marko
You can gauge someone's quality, they say, by listening to the names his enemies call him. Since North Korea, arguably the most abhorrent regime on the planet, refers to John Bolton as 'human scum' this would necessarily validate the high opinion most of us have of him. The North Koreans are not alone in their dislike for Bolton. One could add most of Europe, virtually all of the United Nations bureaucracy and many General Assembly members, the global and US liberal media, and the hard left in America. All join Kim Jong Il in their collective loathing of John Bolton. Sounds like a great recommendation to me!
This makes his appointment by President Bush as Ambassador to the UN not inexplicable, as Senator John F. Kerry has said, but quite logical indeed. Since the attack of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush has campaigned thanklessly, suffering severe criticism, to save the UN from its own cowardice, corruption, and ineptitude. Bush has repeatedly challenged the UN to live up to its charter - the core values that are supposed to define the UN as an institution and that presumably confer value upon it. After all, Bush said to the General Assembly, if you cannot or will not enforce your own collective resolutions then what purpose do you serve? Other than mouthing homilies and bromides about international harmony and peace, the leadership of the UN has adroitly avoided answering President Bush's question.
In order to reasonably and fairly judge the UN, one must look beyond the usual platitudes and examine behavior and results. Other than acting resolutely in defending South Korea in 1950 (when the presumptive veto-wielding Soviet Union conveniently boycotted the Security Council meeting) the UN has been stunningly ineffective in preventing war, assisting the downtrodden, punishing genocidal regimes, or promoting general welfare. Despite an abysmal track record in failing to accomplish anything of major importance, the UN has assumed iconic status in many quarters.
A brief recap of the UNs failures - a longer list would consume all of this space - would include a total lack of initiative in condemning the excesses of communism whether Soviet, Chinese, Eastern Europe, or Cuban; a blind eye toward mass murder whether Iraqi, Cambodian, North Korean, or African; a virulent anti-Semitic anti-Israeli mindset that was expressed frequently and demonstrably; and a level of internal corruption involving money (Oil for Food), sex, fraud, cheating, employee harassment, bureaucratic featherbedding, and outright lying of a magnitude seldom seen in history. The UN welcomes every dictator of any stripe regardless of whatever heinous behavior they bring to the party. And they are prepared to denigrate a democracy - such as Taiwan - for crass political purposes. Add to this noxious history a maddeningly sanctimonious, cynical attitude, and it makes the mental image of Rome plows bulldozing the UN into the East River pleasant indeed.
Despite this abject record many in America and abroad - largely secular humanists - attend the church of the United Nations. Somehow no matter how despicable a regime is - be it a maniacal king in Central African Republic who cannibalizes his subjects, a communist dictatorship like North Korea or Cuba that imprisons and brutalizes citizens, or a fascist theocracy that stones women and terrorizes its neighbors - all of them somehow transmogrify into models of human kindness and rationality by the mere act of crossing into the lobby of the UN building at Turtle Bay. As a consequence, the UN comfortably condemns democracies while promoting dictators, promotes the worst abusers into a position of leadership in agencies charged with safeguarding human rights, and natters endlessly while horrific massacres take place under their watch in Rwanda, Serbia, Cambodia, North Korea, and Sudan.
Upon this Dantean scene comes future Ambassador John Bolton who looks at the UN as the ultimate 'fixer-upper.' With the hammer of truth and reform Bolton is capable of rebuilding failing structures or knocking out rotten infrastructure. He has the refreshingly charming propensity of calling his shots openly, honestly, and with a candor that eschews an overriding political agenda. He has little patience or tolerance for crooks, charlatans, or fools, a combination that has a distressingly high percentage of the UN membership looking for the exits. The fact that John Kerry finds him an incomprehensible candidate to represent America to the 'world community' speaks volumes of the false sanctity that the left confers on the UN. They are willing to subordinate the American Constitution to the UN and its 'global test.' They are willing to accept UN leadership regardless of how flawed.
Bolton rejects such nonsense. He has said that in order to survive the UN must depend on 'US leadership.' Translated that means that future American funding will perforce equate to American influence. In the past the UN has been all too happy to accept American money while cheerfully biting hard on the feeding hand. Bolton summed up his thoughts with a succinct statement: If I were redoing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world. And that one member would be the United States. Bolton has spoken of converting France's seat on the Security Council to an EU seat. To put it gently, Bolton is quite capable of thinking outside of the box and is confident in his moral stance. He is the hard left's worst nightmare.
Bolton is tough on dictators and high on human rights and democracy. This terrifies those who prefer appeasement and stability at the price of human rights and liberty. His repeated, blunt, decidedly undiplomatic condemnations of Kim Jong Il's repressive North Korean regime earned him the sobriquet 'human scum' from that despicable regime. Bolton chortled over the action killing US participation in the so-called International Court of Justice - a travesty designed to handcuff American military operations by submitting soldiers, officers and policy makers to review by a potentially corrupt, agenda-controlled international judiciary without status in the American Constitution - as the 'happiest day' in his public service career. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference, Bolton has said, to the special chagrin of those who reside there and to the shock of those who regard it as hallowed ground.
The UN worshippers speak of reform of the UN but really mean absolution. They have no desire to change the basic structure system and values that have become fatally flawed in practice from the ideals enacted in a post-WWII world. They would continue to send children to a day care center run by abusers because they like the building's paint job. Bolton on the other hand approaches the UN as an institution that has little intrinsic value if it cannot perform basic functions. Bolton brings the mindset to the UN that Jack Welch brought to GE: if it doesn't perform properly then fix, sell, or close. Reform will have to be serious, substantive, and institutional under Bolton's ambassadorship or the UN will continue to spin itself into failure. It will be painful but so are all growth processes. Whether the UN reforms or collapses, it cannot continue as the dysfunctional organization it is today. America and the free people of the world will profit from John Bolton's appointment.
" Things do not get better by being left alone. Unless they are adjusted, they explode with a shattering detonation." - Winston Churchill.John Bolton is the fuse and George Bush is holding the matches.
Please express your disagreement then.
The author, retired Army Green Beret Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu, does not mince words! I love it. Thanks.
Core values? You mean outright socialism? As in the following "core values" outlined in Article 25 of the UN's Orwellian "Declaration of Human Rights:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
This document, spawned in an orgy of Progressive Utopian idealism in the heyday of the century of social engineering (1948) needs to be formally repudiated by the US once and for all.
20+ years ago cowboys were respected, heroic figures in Europe. Why? They were honorable. They meant what they said.
Europe is now realizing that Bush meant what he said.
There is no glory, and certainly no peace, ever to be had dealing with two-faced liars who cannot be trusted to mean what they say.
Effeminate males poncing about UN cocktail parties and waving their rhetorical dicks in the air can create no foundation for world liberty and individual rights.
Clear understanding of mutual goals with a credible expectation of real consequences will form the basis for a better world, particularly when those goals are the acceptance of individual rights and liberties for all.
"If ever there was a holy war, it was that which saved our liberties and gave us independence." --Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813.
The age of the emasculated male is coming to an end. Thank God. It is past time for real men to stand up for the equal rights and liberty of all mankind. The despots, posers and dictators of the UN can prepare for their demise. Their citizens can someday look forward to personal liberty.
Git the US Outta the UN!!
Git the UN Outta the US!!
I wish you would not obliterate bobcollum's comments just because he was pro-UN and anti- Bolton.
There is no better for everybody to see the emptiness of their arguments than to ACTUALLY allow them to attempt to MAKE IT!
I will happily destroy his arguments for all people to see!
I do not need you nor anybody shutting my debate opponents down, who were otherwise civilized.
I go back to the beginning here on FR. 2-way debates are the BEST way to prmote conservative values. They win everytime.
Welcome to Free Republic.
As to spelling, I believe that it is considered standard practice to use "I" rather than "i". ;-)
As to President Bush's choice of Mr. Bolton, your first sentence seems to be worded incorrectly: "how Bolton's good because everyone but Bushco and his constituents are for him" -- your use of the word "but" appears to be misplaced. I believe that you intended to write something more along the lines of "how Bolton's good in President Bush's estimation, but the rest of the world including Americans on the left..."
Also, your use of "its" is incorrect; you should have used "it's" instead.
When is Bolton's confirmation hearing? I am rearranging my schedule so that I can watch him get into it with Biden and the rest!
will be fun. I will take time out to watch those hearings.
"And although that may make Republicans laugh, they would truly be benefiting themselves if they would realize that playing tough guy isn't going to leave us with anything but war."
Playing the soft peaceful wimp to the tryrannies of the world is the surest way to guarantee a war, unless you plan on surrendering at the first sign of hostilities. The UN is a corrupt organization that panders to the worst human nature has to offer. They do NOTHING right. Look at the tsunami relief effort. The UN sends in a group of high level 'crats who stay at a luxury hotel in Jakarta and opine that the US and Europe are not giving them enough money to do anything. The US, Australia, and Japan merely send in their military with ships, choppers, equipment, food water, portable hospitals, etc to start the relief effort way ahead of anything the UN has so far accomplished. Then the UN-o-crats whine that we do not let them coordinate the response;i.e., let tham loot 60%+ of the money for themselves.
If the UN had been completely in charge of relief efforts, nothing would have been done for weeks. The death toll would have been much, much higher. Yet, you whine about the appointment of a man who will not hesitate to call the corrput hypocrites on the carpet for their actions or inactions.
In his refusal to criticize and blind defense of the UN, John Kerry shows just how damn stupidly anti-American he really is, and in your defense of the UN you are aligning yourself with true scum. Remember, this is the organization that turned a blind eye to the atrocities of the governments of the Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, N. Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Communist China, and the old Soviet Union. The member nations need to have the blunt truth told to them.
I agree. I throughly enjoy dissecting liberal comments with facts and logic.
The message to the UN is this: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER OR WE'RE OUTTA HERE!!