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Bolton on a rampage

atbell

TRIBE Member
John (not Micheal) Bolton has got him self a bit of attention recently. It's been a while since he was sent to the UN and it looks like the predictions are starting to come true. Take a look at what he's got to say:

Bolton rejects ‘grand bargain’ with Iran
By Daniel Dombey in London
Published: June 9 2006 22:06 | Last updated: June 9 2006 22:06

Time is running out for the diplomatic effort to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme and Washington has no intention of striking a comprehensive “grand bargain” with Tehran, the US’s ambassador to the United Nations has warned.

Speaking to the Financial Times, John Bolton made clear many of his reservations about the current outreach to Iran, which Condoleezza Rice, US secretary of state, has persuaded President George W. Bush to endorse.

Referring to a report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog that Iran has stepped up uranium enrichment – a process that can create both nuclear fuel and weapons grade material – Mr Bolton said: “They’ve got both feet on the accelerator, which is why we have a sense of urgency that these diplomatic efforts can’t continue indefinitely . . . Each day that goes by gives Iran more time to continue to perfect its efforts for mass production.”

While Iran insists that its nuclear programme is a purely peaceful attempt to bolster the country’s energy security, the US and the European Union suspect Tehran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

But Russia and China have repeatedly made clear their doubts about sanctions against Tehran, pushing Washington instead to back a new package of incentives to Iran, which would give the Islamic republic help in a number of areas, including in constructing nuclear reactors.

The US has also agreed to join the negotiations with Iran, if Tehran suspends enrichment.

Mr Bolton, who describes himself as “not much a carrots man”, was quick to play down expectations of a dramatic breakthrough and highlighted many of the problems facing the diplomatic process.

“It would be a mistake to think these negotiations are a first step towards some kind of grand bargain [involving US recognition],” he said. “We are only addressing the nuclear issue and stopping their pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

He said US security guarantees for Iran were “not on the table”, and argued instead that regime change could remove a nuclear threat: “Our experience has been that when there is a dramatic change in the life of a country, that’s the most likely point at which they give up nuclear weapons.” (atbell says: wtf? Which experience is that again? I thought South Africa was the only country to give up a bomb, not much of a past.)

He added: “I think there will certainly be discussion of the question at the G8 summit” on July 15-17, by which time he said Iran had to make its response to the offer known.

“Some people thought for three years they [Iran] wanted to do a deal and there’s no deal out there, at least no deal that they’ve adhered to,” he said. “Maybe the deal that they want is the best of both worlds.”

Mr Bolton also voiced doubts that International Atomic Energy Agency inspections would be able to prove that Iran’s programme was purely peaceful, and said that sanctions against Iran if it declined the offer were “a step in the process”. But he also conceded that he could not predict whether the Security Council would back such a measure.

He said the EU, which conducted negotiations with Iran from 2003, had been embarrassed by a declaration by a former Iranian official that during that time the Islamic republic had worked on nuclear techniques.

“It shows why even as they sit contemplating this recent offer they’re still spinning centrifuges and now they’re putting gas in them,” he said
 
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atbell

TRIBE Member
Part II

Bolton breathes fire at UN official’s jibes
By Mark Turner at the United Nations
Published: June 7 2006 18:54 | Last updated: June 7 2006 23:28

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday launched a frontal assault on Mark Malloch Brown, the UN’s deputy secretary-general, after he said the US had failed to exert enough UN leadership or back the world body in middle America.

The row, resulting from a speech by Mr Malloch Brown to a New York conference of mainly Democratic foreign policymakers, could undermine the UN’s efforts to secure US, and possibly Japanese, financing this year.

Mr Malloch Brown said the UN’s weaknesses were to a significant degree “because the US has not stuck with its project – its professed wish to have a strong, effective United Nations – in a systematic way”.

“The prevailing practice of seeking to use the UN almost by stealth as a diplomatic tool, while failing to stand up for it against its domestic critics, is simply not sustainable,” he said. “You will lose the UN one way or another.”

John Bolton, the US ambassador and long a critic of the UN, called the comments “illegitimate” and said they had a “condescending and patronising tone” about the American people.

“This is a very, very grave mistake,” he said. “Even though the target of the speech was the US, the victim, I fear, will be the UN.”

The spat comes ahead of this month’s debate on whether to renew UN finances beyond June. The developing world has rejected many of the reforms the rich world deems essential, and the US and Japan, its biggest contributors, are threatening to cut off funds.

Mr Malloch Brown said: “A moment of truth is coming. Even as the world’s challenges are growing, the UN’s ability to respond is being weakened without US leadership. There is a perception among many quite moderate countries that anything the US supports must have a secret agenda, aimed at either subordinating multilateral process to Washington’s ends or weakening the institutions.”

The forum at which he spoke – attended by Democratic figures such as Richard Holbrooke – is likely to have further infuriated Mr Bolton, who wields influence in Congress. Mr Malloch Brown also said that “much of the public discourse that reaches the US heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors, such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. The UN’s role is in effect a secret in middle America”.

But on Wednesday he praised Fox for its reporting and insisted the speech was not meant as an attack but as an appeal to a friend.

Mr Bolton was expected to respond during a speech on US-UN relations in London on Friday. He said he had told Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, that the speech was the “worst mistake by a senior UN official” he had known. Mr Annan stood by the remarks.
 

atbell

TRIBE Member
I'm wondering if the US is trying to pound the UN into complacency.

Why would they fund / be a part of an organization that is consistently against the countries "interests"?

Going back to the federalist papers, it looks like the US is truely being run by it's passions and is ignoring a broader, global reason.
 

SellyCat

TRIBE Member
atbell said:
Bolton breathes fire at UN official’s jibes
By Mark Turner at the United Nations
Published: June 7 2006 18:54 | Last updated: June 7 2006 23:28

Senior UN dude said:
“A moment of truth is coming. Even as the world’s challenges are growing, the UN’s ability to respond is being weakened without US leadership. There is a perception among many quite moderate countries that anything the US supports must have a secret agenda, aimed at either subordinating multilateral process to Washington’s ends or weakening the institutions.”

Sums it up quite nicely.


Source said:
But on Wednesday he praised Fox for its reporting and insisted the speech was not meant as an attack but as an appeal to a friend.

Is this fucking dude APPOLOGISING to Fox News for dissing them! He dissed the whole leadership of the country, but apologised to their most powerful propaganda arm. That's impressive--what the fuck is THAT about?

Also

This is in the introduction:
Bolton said:
“This is a very, very grave mistake,” he said. “Even though the target of the speech was the US, the victim, I fear, will be the UN.”

And this is in the conclusion:
Source said:
Mr Bolton was expected to respond during a speech on US-UN relations in London on Friday. He said he had told Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, that the speech was the “worst mistake by a senior UN official” he had known. Mr Annan stood by the remarks.

That's a thread! The rhetoric of using the word "mistake" is important. Mistakes have consequences. It's a well ingrained phrase that implies grave threat. And John Bolton is a hard-ass par excellent.
 
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atbell

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I find it quite timely because I'm going to go to my first UN event in a couple of weeks. It will be a great chance to see if I can hear any talk about what's going on within the organization. All a matter of being in the right place at the right time though.

I wonder what the security will be like, you know with the terrorists being about and all.

Any one here ever had much contact with the UN? Wondering what to expect (and what to wear too ;) )
 
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