Divided Nations

Rich Galen

12/6/2006 12:00:07 AM - Rich Galen

-- 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."

-- Publicly told Kofi Annan's deputy he was, in essence, a dope. That dope said, when informed of Bolton's resignation: "No comment - and you can say he said it with a smile."