Drooling on the Pillow

Monday, March 28, 2005

John Bolton 

I love Mark Steyn. While discussing the appointment of John Bolton to be Ambassador to the United Nations and the shrieking and hand wringing this caused overseas and among Americans inclined to think of themselves and 'nuanced' and 'internationalist', he tells this story:
Twenty years ago, the then Secretary of State George
Schultz used to welcome the Reagan administration's
ambassadorial appointments to his office and invite each
chap to identify his country on the map. The guy who'd
just landed the embassy in Chad would invariably point to
Chad. "No," Schultz would say, "this is your country" - and
point to the United States.
Bolton has two flaws. First, he understands his role as promoting, defending and articulating the policies of this Administration to the international community. Second, he actually believes in those policies. He has no presumption that the U.S. is at fault in any international disagreement. His priority is our interest and his enemies are those who would thwart our interests. It's not hard to see why some find him a very dangerous man.

On that we can agree.
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