John Bolton: Jesse Helms Protĩgĩ

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

Jesse Helms must be proud of President Bush today. A few years ago, Helms called John Bolton “the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at the gates of Armageddon,” and given that Helms and Bolton share similar feelings for the U.N., he must be sorry to miss the chance to confirm Bolston to his new post.

While there are a wealth of quotes and articles about Bolton, his words speak best for themselves:

“If I were doing 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 member would be] the United States.” [NPR, Talk of the Nation, 6/6/00]

When proponents of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty worried that its defeat was marking an isolationist turn for the U.S., Bolton said that “such fears are indications of a profoundly misguided and potentially dangerous philosophy in American foreign policy” and called them “timid and neo-pacifist.” [Taipei Times, 11/20/99]

And when he was given permission to sign the letter to the U.N. that stated Washington was renouncing the Rome Treaty creating the International Criminal Court, he described it as “the happiest moment of my government service.” [USA Today, 1/18/00]