Diplomats at the United Nations have found U.S. Ambassador John Bolton’s behavior so inexplicable that a virtual quasi-science has sprung up, aimed at divining his true intentions.
The primary school of thought, according to one diplomat, is that Mr. Bolton, who has made plain his disdain for the world body since arriving there 11 Read More
The American Enterprise Institute has been all over the New York Times this week. First it was Sally Satel, resident scholar, on the Op-Ed page Monday, saying Let’s have a free market for the sale of human organs. Then yesterday it was Christina Hoff Sommers, giving the lead quotation in a Read More
Of all the questions that cloud the nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, the most troubling has so far received the least attention: Has he performed his current diplomatic duties competently and in accordance with U.S. policy?
The answer is a matter of profound concern, because Mr. Bolton’s job, as Under Read More
There is an unspoken but long-understood historical tradition among both the Republican and Democratic parties about whom they decide to send as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. With the nomination of John Bolton to be the next American envoy to the U.N., it is worth reminding ourselves of what that hoary old protocol Read More
The nomination of John Bolton to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is in keeping with the governing philosophy of the Bush administration, which has displayed a penchant for officials who despise the agencies they are appointed to run. Consumer protection is turned over to people who believe consumers needn’t be protected; environmental Read More
The most dangerous myth about the Bush administration is
that its foreign policy is guided by competent (if not compassionate)
conservatives, whose outlook reflects experience and whose belligerence equals
realism. The unsettling truth is that the members of the dominant faction
around George W. Bush are, like him, stumblers frozen in a bygone era. The Read More