Cliff May

Meanwhile, Pakistan, already a nuclear power, could come under worse management in the months ahead. Among other things, proliferation in an age of global terrorism leads to this nightmare scenario: The “no-name” nuke that destroys an American, European or Middle Eastern city – with no way to know for certain who is responsible. (I can recall just after 9/11/01 being asked by an indignant BBC interviewer to substantiate my charge that al-Qaeda was behind the atrocity. And we've never established who was responsible for the anthrax attacks that took place not long after.)

Bolton worries, too, about the Israeli-Palestinian talks soon to be convened by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Annapolis. Israel's current government “can't do much. It's weak. It doesn't have much public support.” As for the Palestinian side, Bolton asks: “What Palestinian side? The Palestinian Authority is broken.” Hamas, a terrorist organization backed by Iran, rules Gaza and appears to be contemplating civil war in the West Bank which is only loosely controlled by Fatah, a “former terrorist organization.”

“The Secretary has only 24 hours in her day,” Bolton observes. A better use of her time would be to “support democracy in Lebanon which is under direct threat” from Hezbollah, a terrorist group and proxy of Syria and Iran.

The United Nations will be helpful in regard to none of these situations. On the contrary, even though Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is an improvement over Kofi Annan – who called himself a “secular pope” – the organization is now structurally hostile to the U.S and bent on becoming a world government with the power to impose laws and taxes on Americans. In response, Bolton says, we should stop letting the U.N. “assess” us for contributions and fund only those projects we regard as useful.

He supports also the suggestion of former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar to transform NATO into a “league of democratic nations” and a competitor to the U.N. He is disappointed that Bush has done no more to advance such ideas than did Clinton.

One reason may be opposition from the State Department which, Bolton laments, has become a “self-perpetuating bureaucracy” that undercuts the president it is meant to serve, and shortchanges America's interests to curry favor with the so-called international community. What will it take to bring about reform of Foggy Bottom? In Bolton's view, nothing less than a “cultural revolution.”

Cliff May

Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.