evil man

December 19, 2004

Man, it seems everyone in the world is learning to hate the U.S., and with good reason. Our government continues to piss on the international community, ignoring international laws and saying the hell with treaties. As is the standard practice in this administration, one of the bastards who has helped make the world a more dangerous place appears to be getting promoted.

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton will most likely become the Deputy Secretary of State under Condoleezza Rice. And being as how the State Department kinda has something to do with our international relations, its great to know a man who hates to compromise or respect treaties will have such a crucial role in dealing with compromises and treaties.

For a government agency whose stated mission is to “create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community,” to have as one of its chief policymakers a man who whose career reads as a what-not-to-do handbook on consensus building and international diplomacy, would be totally incomprehensible. In fact, it is nearly unfathomable to imagine a candidate less qualified and more ill-prepared for the State Department’s second highest-ranking position and dangerous to long-term U.S. national interests as Bolton. The singularity of the stand that he has taken over the years on a wide range of issues underlines this claim. His nomination will signify to the world that Washington believes constructive engagement is neither required nor desirable for self-serving U.S. objectives to prevail.

Diplomacy: Just Say No

During a 2001 UN Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, Bolton once again came out with all guns blazing, telling delegates that Washington was opposed to any move to restrict civilian access to weapons or a treaty that would serve to “abrogat[e] the constitutional right to bear arms.” This extension of NRA-type thinking into the international sphere effectively undermines even preliminary attempts to demilitarize such ongoing conflicts like those now seen in Colombia and the Sudan as well as multilateral efforts to combat astronomically high rates of gun-related crime in Latin America and elsewhere by curtailing the illegal shipment of small arms from the U.S. to the region.

His lack of diplomatic tact was again on display later that year, when he scuttled efforts to add a negotiated verification process to an international bio-weapons ban, by telling other conference participants that the provision was, “dead, dead, dead, and I don’t want it coming back from the dead.” He saw no discrepancy between his accusations against Cuba and his negative stand on the international bioweapons ban. Additionally, following the Bush administration’s decision to withdraw from the ICC, Bolton asked and was granted permission to sign his name on the letter notifying the UN of Washington’s actions, which was somewhat bizarre since he had played no official role in the decision-making process. The move was simply symbolic, a need for a zealot to be heard: as he later told the Wall Street Journal, it was “the happiest moment of [his] government service.”

Not surprisingly, according to Bolton’s view, constitutional protections of the right of free speech do not appear to carry the same weight as the precious right to bear arms. This is particularly true when political dissent stands in direct opposition to his myopic worldview. Regarding his ill-temper towards civic participation in the policymaking process, he criticized “the promotion of international advocacy activity by international or non-governmental organizations.”

And he is so great with people, that I am sure he will help start the next world war.

Though he owes his first experience in government to Baker, it is because of the Senate Foreign Relations Chair at the time – Sen. Jesse Helms – that he secured such an important position in the current Bush administration. Perhaps the single most disruptive force in the State Department, he brought in many of his prodigies to populate the department considered more dovish due to its diplomatic responsibilities. The “exotic specimen” at the State Department, he sees the world in a Hobbesian manner where only fittest survive. According to his views, multilateral treaties supported by international bureaucracies do not a strong, secure nation make. Many officials in the administration may agree with him. Where Bolton draws fire and ire is from his blunt and anything-but-diplomatic exclamations.

For instance, on the eve of talks with North Korea about their nuclear weapons, Bolton took a novel approach to public diplomacy and publicly called King Jong Il a “tyrannical dictator” and an “evil regime.” The State Department was forced to send a replacement representative after North Korea responded by calling Bolton “human scum” and stating their objection to negotiating with him.[xiii] Bolton’s resistance to carrots and multi-lateralism helped stall approaches to North Korea for months.

Did I mention he was a Senior Vice President at the American Enterprise Institute during the Clinton years?


One Response to “evil man”

  1. anna Says:

    wow, that guy is a lovely peice of work isn’t he?

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