Tuesday, March 08, 2005

UN Critic Chosen for U.S. UN Ambassador

From Reuters UK -

Quick Quotes - President George W. Bush has nominated John Bolton, a longtime critic of the United Nations, to be the new U.S. ambassador to the world body.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, announcing the nomination at the State Department, said on Monday: "The president and I have asked John to do this work because he knows how to get things done. He is a tough-minded diplomat."

Bolton, a leading hawk against Iran and North Korea as the top U.S. arms control policies diplomat, has complained U.N. bodies fail to take strong enough action against such nations and has strongly criticized some international treaties.

Bolton's nomination, which shocked some diplomats at the United Nations, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, where Democrats were expected to bring up previous harsh criticism Bolton has aimed at the world body.
Bolton would take up the U.N. post that was left vacant when former Sen. John Danforth resigned in December.
Bolton represented a wing in the first term of the Bush administration that advocated confronting and isolating nations such as Iran and North Korea with U.N. sanctions if necessary. He complained that to offer them incentives in talks would be rewarding bad behaviour, according to U.S. officials.

That ought to shake up the UN a bit. Wonder if he can, with this position do anything about the UN Rapes?

Other links and thoughts on this:

The Nattering Nabob

The Garlic has a couple quips

American Future has more in depth analysis

Update: Radioblogger has a good piece on this.