Rich Galen

  • Elections have consequences. The Democrats will control the US Senate, so, the President had to choose between either getting Robert Gates confirmed for Secretary of Defense or John Bolton confirmed for Ambassador to what is officially, if erroneously, called the United Nations.
  • Interestingly, it was Senator Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island who was defeated last month in his re-election bid, who doomed Bolton's confirmation. Bolton is officially, if erroneously, a Republican. But he determined he would not vote to confirm Bolton which effectively killed any chance of confirmation because the Democrats in the Senate were not going to be helpful.
  • John Bolton did a great job as the US representative to the United Nations. Outgoing Secretary-General (but continuing thug and crook) Kofi Annan could barely contain his glee at the news that Bolton had resigned.
  • According to the LA Times coverage: "There was near celebration on the 38th floor, where Kofi Annan and his Cabinet sit."
  • Here's what Bolton did which so irritated the most pampered group of useless goofballs ever to waste precious oxygen by simply breathing in and out.

-- When he was President of the Security Council Bolton insisted that meetings start on time.

-- He also insisted that Security Council members not waste each others' time by reading set speeches, but required that they actually dive into the important issues with which the United Nations is supposed to deal.

-- Attempted to reform the bloated bureaucracy which is the United Nations - which was a significant portion of his instructions from his government.

-- According to the AP he "antagonized the powerful Group of 77, which represents 132 mainly developing countries and China, by leading other wealthy countries who pay about 85 percent of the U.N.'s budget to impose a cap on budget spending."

[Those 132 mainly developing countries which do not pay about 85 percent of the U.N.'s budget, reversed the cap in the General Assembly. This was seen as a success.]

-- Bolton required U.N. bureaucrats to brief the Security Council on one important issue per day (which was discontinued after his term of President ended).

-- Got "approval of resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea for conducting a nuclear test."

-- Pushed "for a U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region."

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at