- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
- U.N. warns of Muslim ‘cleansing’ in Central African Republic
- Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
- Drug mix may have cured child born with HIV, doctors say
- De Blasio’s wife irks former mansion chef with ‘servant’ remark
- Russia’s neighbors shiver amid Putin’s Cold War moves in Ukraine
- New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional
- Military group can’t march to honor the fallen at Boston Marathon due to security changes
- Senate passes bills deleting ‘retarded’ from laws
- China announces biggest military hike in 3 years: We are not ‘boy scouts with spears’
Secretary says Bolton will lead U.N. shake-up
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday she expects John R. Bolton, Washington’s ambassador-designate to the United Nations, to lead an overdue shake-up of that organization.
“John Bolton was my first choice,” Miss Rice told editors and reporters in an interview at The Washington Times.
“I think John is a straightforward, tough-talking, very good diplomat, and I think that’s what you need at the United Nations.”
Mr. Bolton has been an outspoken critic of the United Nations.
In 1994, he said in a speech that if “the U.N. Secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”
Today, that remark is being widely circulated, especially on Capitol Hill, where some congressmen vow to challenge Mr. Bolton during the hearings and debate over his confirmation.
Opponents acknowledge, however, that they lack the votes to block his appointment.
Mr. Bolton’s selection by President Bush for the Cabinet-level post comes as the United Nations confronts extensive criticism. It is being assailed for corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program, its inability to enforce Security Council resolutions and sexual abuses by its peacekeepers.
U.N. leaders acknowledge that the organization has problems, and have pledged to improve it.
“You’ve got the whole U.N. operation saying it needs reform, and to have somebody who has thought about these issues, who is critical of many things about the U.N. about which, frankly, it is right to be critical” is useful, Miss Rice said.
Mr. Bolton, she said, is expected to “lead the effort” to reshape the world body, and he would do so as an integral part of the Bush administration.
Mr. Bolton served as undersecretary of state for arms control during the first Bush term and had been a candidate for deputy undersecretary of state. Miss Rice chose Robert Zoellick, the U.S. trade representative, for the State Department’s No. 2 post.
The United Nations “is not an outpost in New York, it’s an extremely important instrument of American policy, and I think [Mr. Bolton is] going to be great,” Miss Rice said. “I expect to see [him] often.”
Some Washington’s foreign policy specialists criticized the Bolton appointment. “This nomination sends all the wrong signals,” said Cliff Kupchan, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Nixon Center. “The U.S. needs friends and allies to achieve its national interests. John Bolton, in my view, prefers to avoid constraints on U.S. power, and his perspective is essentially unilateralist.”
Miss Rice said Mr. Bolton’s past experience as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security and as assistant secretary for international organization affairs stands him in good stead.
By Tammy Bruce
- AP Exclusive: Man said to create bitcoin denies it
- Aronofsky's 'Noah' banned in Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates
- Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine
- Back to the Future: HUVr Tech marketing video goes viral with hoverboard release tease
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
- U.S. tasks Navy destroyer to Black Sea amid Ukraine tensions
- Unemployment insurance vote could happen next week
- Two liberals say Sarah Palin is right: Obama lacks substance
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rutgers professors to Condi Rice: Go home, and take your speech with you
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again