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Policy Communiqué

John Bolton — UN Ambassador Nominee

 Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President 
The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy  

Contents:

UN — An Organization Of Corruption and Malfeasance
John Bolton Right Man For Ambassador to The UN
End Notes

To become the next ambassador to the United Nations (UN), President George W. Bush has nominated Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John R. Bolton.  By nominating Bolton, the President has signaled a call for systemic change, not merely superficial behavior modification at the UN.   

One of this nation's most thoughtful critics of past UN misconduct is Bolton.  He had become intimately familiar with the UN institution and its shortcomings during the forty-first President George H. W. Bush's administration as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization — the bureau in the State Department responsible for relations with the UN.  

However, John Bolton's appreciation of both the promise and the limitations of the current UN has been most closely honed during his current capacity.  To prevent the further proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to nations such as Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, his arms-control portfolio has put him at the forefront.   Ranging from shaming the International Atomic Energy Agency into doing its job, to seeking Security Council action where possible, to negotiation of the intrepid Proliferation Security Initiative.  A multilateral coalition and a creation that was led by John Bolton, the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) originated with Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Norway, Canada, and Britain, joining with the US.  The PSI has grown to some 60 nations since its formation in 2003 that combat WMD by sharing intelligence information, tracking suspect cargo and holding joint military exercises to interdict dangerous shipment.  

Breaking the nuclear weapons technology ring of Abdul Qadeer Khan, which had links to a number of clandestine programs around the world, was the first PSI achievement.  Another accomplishment helping to convince dictator Moammar Gadhafi to end his nuclear and chemical weapons programs was the seizure of a Khan shipment of centrifuge parts destined for Libya.  Also, Colonel Gadhafi agreed to allow international inspections with the example of invasion and regime change in Iraq. And the outcome of negotiations in which Mr. Bolton had a key role, American and British agents oversaw the actual dismantlement of Libya's WMD program.  

In the repeal of the 1975 UN General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism, “thus removing the greatest stain on the UN's reputation, ” John Bolton played the central role at the State Department in 1991.  Also, he volunteered as an assistant to James Baker, the former Secretary of State who was then a UN envoy to the Western Sahara between 1997 and 2000.  And as chief negotiator of the Treaty of Moscow, Bolton helped create the largest nuclear disarmament in the history, as Undersecretary.  

John Bolton described it as the “happiest moment of my government service,” after he informed the UN that the United States (US) was withdrawing its support for the International Criminal Court (ICC). (1)  And described the sovereignty-siphoning ICC as “a product of fuzzy-minded romanticism.”  (2)

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UN — An Organization Of Corruption and Malfeasance  

With each revelation of self-dealing malfeasance and moral turpitude, the UN Oil-for-Food scandal becomes more appalling.  In rape and other criminal activity in the course of their humanitarian missions, UN peacekeepers have been found to be engaging in.  All-encompassing it appears to be is UN corruption.  Enabled and excused are proliferators of WMD.  Also, continuing to legitimize and otherwise protect despicable tyrants is the mob rule that performs much of the organization's decision-making.  (3)  

By arguing that there is nothing wrong with the institution and its current leadership that a little “reform won't fix,” the UN apologists tend to downplay this litany of complaints.  (4)    If only the US redoubles its commitment to the organization, pays its disproportionate share of membership dues and other costs for example, those of peacekeeping operations, and plays ball with the UN's lowest common denominator agenda — maintaining the status quo, even where it is at odds with the UN's own charter to guarantee freedom as a basic human right, a resignation there will suffice.

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John Bolton Right Man For Ambassador to The UN

At a time when the UN was never in more need of a good dose of reality comes the nomination of John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control to succeed John Danforth as UN Ambassador.   The President is putting the UN on trial, in nominating John Bolton as a result of its incompetence and ineffectiveness.  Its bureaucracy is infested with incompetence and corruption as is evident from the Oil-for-Food scandal, allegations of embezzlement at the World Meteorological Organization and pedophile peacekeepers.  Also, by elevating terrorists and dictators to positions of prestige on the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Commission, this political body's member states mock the ideals of the institution.(5)

In his current post, John R. Bolton was confirmed by a vote of 57 to 43.  Mr. Bolton was supported by the entire Senate Republican caucus  and Democrats who voted for him included Senators Joe Liberman, Zell Miller, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Russ Feingold, John Breaux and Evan Bayh.  However, there are signs that a few Republicans including three on the Foreign Relations Committee have doubts about his nomination as UN Ambassador.  Mr. Bolton will not be supported by liberal Republican from Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee.  Also, some hesitation has been expressed by Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel.  Although he will “probably” support Bolton, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar privately has expressed displeasure with the Bolton nomination.  On either side few observers expect Democrats to derail the nomination. (6)  

Having a long record of effectively advocating America's interests John Bolton is an experienced diplomat that is tough on dictators and high on human rights and democracy.  He has steadfastly expressed continuing skepticism about the UN and its multi-lateralism.  To lead an overdue shake-up of the UN, Mr. Bolton is the right selection as ambassador-designate to the UN.  His former experience will serve him well to help deal with the challenges of how the UN is going to reform itself and if all possible be relevant in the twenty-first century.  At least with oratory if not with policy Mr. Bolton will at minimum operate through the corruption at the UN.  However, the corruption at the UN is extensive and the US is only one member nation against many so it is hard to envision what policies Mr. Bolton can get adopted.  Yet by identifying each UN failure Mr. Bolton can sober the assembled nations to bring to their attention that in maintaining the peaceful intercourse of nations, the UN no longer has any value.  After Mr. Bolton rightly described President Kim Jung-Il as “tyrannical” and North Korea “a hellish nightmare,” North Korea called him “human scum and bloodsucker.” He also said, “The Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories.  If it lost ten stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.” And he has also said that “wishful thinking about the United Nations…ran into a wall of reality in Kosovo,” as well has been skeptical of just about everything, really, to do with the UN.  (7).  It is this type of honesty that is needed at the UN and will make his presence there refreshing. (8)  

The bloated UN bureaucracy can be reduced suggests Mr. Bolton.  And given the trouble the UN is facing Mr. Bolton has said that “American leadership is critical to the success of the UN,” more than any time since its founding.  Also, he has questioned the wisdom of allowing a corrupt institution to administer a “global test” to the one nation, the US, which has done more international peace and security than any other. (9)  

Mr. Bolton is one individual that can expose if the UN is beyond reform and unworthy of US participation or will help reform the UN into an effective instrument for advancing peace and human rights.

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End Notes  

  1. Thomas P. Kilgannon, “Bush Did Right to Bet on Bolton,” Human Events Online, March 11, 2005.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Frank J. Gaffney jr., “A Bolt of Good Sense. John Bolton is the right man for the U.N.,” National Review Online, March 8, 2005.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Thomas P. Kilgannon, “Bush Did Right to Bet on Bolton,” Human Events Online, March 11, 2005.
  6. Stephen F. Hayes, “I Don't Do Carrots,” The Weekly Standard, Volume 010, Issue 25, March 21, 2005.
  7. Anne Applebaum, “Defending Bolton, The Washington Post, March 9, 2005.
  8. “The Bolton appointment,” The Washington Times, March 9, 2005.
  9. Thomas P. Kilgannon, “Bush Did Right to Bet on Bolton,” Human Events Online, March 11, 2005.

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