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John Bolton: Bashing the UN

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[President Bush today named neoconservative, unilateralist hawk John Bolton as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Just who is John Bolton? ]

Bolton has harshly disparaged the United Nations in the past. In 1994, for example, he charged, “There’s no such thing as the United Nations,” saying that ”If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” Four years later, he attacked the international body again, saying, “many Republicans in Congress — and perhaps a majority — not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a ‘make my day’ outcome. Indeed, once the vote is lost, and the adverse consequences predicted by the U.N.’s supporters begin to occur, this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing more should be paid to the U.N. system.”

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