3.09.2005

Bolton a revoltin' choice for U.N. post

Imagine the furor on the right if Jacques Chirac nominated, as France's ambassador to the U.S., someone who had made even one of the following statements:
Imagine further that, in response to criticism from the U.S., French intellectuals defended Chirac's choice on the grounds that a tough-talking critic is just the person to help bring about badly-needed reform in the U.S. government, which is rife with cronyism, inefficiency, and lack of transparency.

That scenario may be imaginary. But the statements are not. Each one came from the mouth or pen of John Bolton. The target of Bolton's contempt, of course, was not the U.S., but the U.N., where, if George W. Bush gets his way, Bolton will soon be serving as U.S. Ambassador. Thus does the Holy American Emperor remind the rest of the world that he doesn't give a rat's ass about what they think.