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John Bolton Gets To Work

Thursday, August 25, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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The Telegraph reports that John Bolton is breaking the china at Turtle Bay. Good for him and great, great news for those who think the U.N. could potentially serve some useful purposes if freed from its bureaucracy, its incessant anti-American and anti-Israel fevers, and the grip of the Annan gang.

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America’s controversial new ambassador to the United Nations is threatening to torpedo 12 months of negotiations on the reform of the organisation.

With only three weeks to go before world leaders arrive in New York to agree the deal, ambassador John Bolton has tabled at least 500 amendments.

In a letter to fellow UN ambassadors, Mr Bolton said the 38-page document might have to be ditched altogether and replaced with a far less detailed alternative. The letter, which was leaked yesterday, asks other ambassadors to remain “open to alternative formats if they help us achieve consensus”.

Mr Bolton’s intervention has greatly raised the stakes in the search for a deal. America is now effectively asking the world whether it wants a new deal, or no deal.

Why a “far less detailed” alternative? The Annan gang hopes to kill real reform in a swamp of small stiches and minor adjustments, with the objective being the release of a statement hailing some bogus “comprehensive reform package” of more than 500 specific steps that will be implemented by 40 committees over the next 24 months, at which point a self-congratulatory release will issue noting that of the 512 specific reform proposals set forth in the fall of 2005, Secretary General Annan announced that 493 had been adopted, 8 tabled, and 11 still under review. Blah blah blah.

Ambassador Bolton –and the Bush Adminsitration– wants a few, big, significant bright-line changes (starting with Annan’s resignation, I hope)and if we can’t have a real reform agenda, then we don’t do the deal. No papering over the deep criminality of the organization. No cover-up for the posers.

If the Democratic senators had had their way, the U.S. would be unrepresented by an Ambassador at this crucial moment in the U.N.’s history.

Which is why the Dems can’t be allowed anywhere near the national security controls of this country.

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