Sunday, March 05, 2006

Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? McFly?

John Bolton's reign of error over the United Nation's Security Council ended last Thursday as Argentina took over the rotating Chairmanship. If you're not familiar with the story, Bolton made it a personal crusade to "run the Security Council like a business" and start the meetings promptly on time. He brought the gavel down on the start of his first meeting as Chairman to an empty chamber. It didn't sound like it got much better from that point on.

Of course Bolton was left trying to put the best face on his short, inconsequential tenure:

Bolton has described the U.S. campaign to reform the United Nations as an "irresistible force" pitted against an "immovable object."

Putting aside the concept that reforming the United Nations begins with punctuality, Bolton really is making this more complicated than it needs to be. He's an Ambassador from a country that's made itself a worldwide pariah in it's slapdash foreign policy who arrived at the U.N. without the support of congress through a recess appointment and sporting a reputation for being what is euphemistically referred to as "a colossal jerk."

It could be that the reason delegates couldn't show up on time to the Security Council meetings because they had busy schedules. There could be cultural reasons for the tardiness.

Most likely they were just dissing him.


Anonymous said...

John Bolton is, and will be, always more accurately represented by the cultural icon Yosimite Sam. I'm surprised you went off the norm here. You need to conform. Biff Tannen is a better double for Abramoff.

Dean Wormer said...

No, no, no.

Cheney is Yosemite Sam. Or is that Elmer Fudd. Whatever.

I know for sure that Rice is the cat chick that always gets white paint on her tail and then gets ravished by Pepe La Pew.

Bill Clinton... he was the Roadrunner.