John R. Bolton as U.S. Ambassador

to the United Nations???


President Bush’s nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has struck many people as though Bush had nominated Michael Jackson to be National Director of Head Start.


The following quotes from John Bolton should be sufficient to explain why many millions of people – in America, and around the world - are so alarmed.  These quotes are real, not made up.




On the United Nations


“There's no such thing as the United Nations.” (Global Structures Convocation, Feb. 3, 1994)

“There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world and that is the United States when it suits our interest and when we can get others to go along. And I think it would be a real mistake to count on the U.N. as if it is some disembodied entity out there that can function on its own.” (Global Structures Convocation, Feb. 3, 1994)

“If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.” (Global Structures Convocation, Feb. 3, 1994)


In an interview in 2000 on National Public Radio, Mr. Bolton told Juan Williams, "If I were redoing 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 one member would be, John Bolton?" Mr. Williams queried. "The United States," Mr. Bolton replied. (New York Times, March 9, 2005)

“Not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a 'make my day' outcome.” (
USA Today, September 10, 2001)


On Diplomacy


“I don't do carrots.” (Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2005)

“Diplomacy is not an end [in] itself if it does not advance U.S. interests.” (Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2005)


On China

"Diplomatic recognition of Taiwan would be just the kind of demonstration of U.S. leadership that the region needs and that many of its people hope for. ... The notion that China would actually respond with force is a fantasy, albeit one the Communist leaders welcome and encourage in the West." (New York Times, March 9, 2005)


On North Korea

“A sounder U.S. policy would start by making it clear to the North that we are indifferent to whether we ever have 'normal' diplomatic relations with it, and that achieving that goal is entirely in their interests, not ours. We should also make clear that diplomatic normalization with the U.S. is only going to come when North Korea becomes a normal country.” (New York Times, March 9, 2005)


On the International Criminal Court


“Support for the International Criminal Court concept is based largely on emotional appeals to an abstract ideal of an international judicial system unsupported by any meaningful evidence and running contrary to sound principles of international crisis resolution.” (New York Times, March 9, 2005)

Signing the letter informing the U.N. that Washington was renouncing the Rome Treaty to create the ICC “was the happiest moment of my government service.” (
Washington Post, March 8, 2005)

“The ICC embodies the fundamental error of trying to transform questions of international power and force into ''law.'' This is not only naive and unsound analysis, but also bad and potentially dangerous policy in the real world.” (
USA Today, January 18, 2000)


On the Senate's failure to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty


"The Senate vote on the CTBT actually marks the beginning of a new realism on the issue of weapons of mass destruction and their global proliferation. Although undoubtedly a stinging and perhaps crippling humiliation for the Clinton administration, the Senate vote is also an unmistakable signal that America rejects the illusionary protections of unenforceable treaties." (Jerusalem Post, October 18, 1999)


On the Biological Weapons Convention


“It's dead, dead, dead, and I don't want it coming back from the dead.” (Inter Press Service, March 8, 2005)