>> U.N. needs our support, not a unilateralist
>> By Jim Mullins
>> March 18, 2005
>> President Bush's nomination of John Bolton as the U.S. representative at
the United Nations comfirms a continuation of a go-it-alone policy
contemptuous of international organizations, law and treaties. A policy of
pre-emptive war and world domination unhampered by the restraints mutually
agreed upon at the formation of the United Nations in San Francisco -- at
the behest of the United States -- after the death, destruction and genocide
of World War II.
>> On Feb. 3, 1994, Bolton said: "There is no such thing as the United
Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by
the only real power in the world and that is the United States when it suits
our interest and when we can get others to go along."
>> Nine years later, Secretary of State Colin Powell destroyed his reputation
for integrity with a PowerPoint litany of deceptive and unfounded charges
against Iraq's Saddam Hussein at the U.N. General Assembly. U.N. members
representing world opinion responded with polite hand-clapping for Powell,
but with thunderous applause for the French foreign minister, who pleaded
for continuation of U.N. inspections.
>> By invading Iraq, Bush shared Bolton's analysis, for the U.N. decision did
not "suit our interest" and we couldn't "get others to go along."
>> Since his college days, Bolton has been a strident critic of international
treaties and organizations. Although the Constitution provides that
international treaties have the full force of domestic law on governmental
actions, Bolton said in a 1997 Wall Street Journal article, "In their
international operation, treaties are simply political obligations."
>> During the Clinton administration, he led the fight against the
International Criminal Court and U.N. advocacy of population controls,
global warming threats and other environmental issues. He earned public
notoriety by his appearance in Tallahassee during the 2000 election-recount
controversy, announcing himself with: "I'm with the Bush-Cheney team and I'm
here to stop the vote."
>> He joined the Bush administration in 2001 and proceeded to eliminate or
weaken international treaties on land-mines, small-arms trading, child
soldiers, biological weapons, nuclear weapons testing and missile defense.
He forced the dismissal of the director of the Convention on Biological
Weapons, who advocated a stronger verification protocol which could have
exposed Iraq's lack of WMD.
>> He led U.S. abrogation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and
renunciation of President Clinton's signing of the treaty on the
International Criminal Court. He successfully opposed ratification of the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty signed by Clinton.
>> He charged Cuba with having a biological weapons program, a charge
unsupported by any other American arms control or intelligence agency.
>> Japan, China, South Korea and Russia negotiated openings to North Korea
including trips by North Korean President Kim Jong Il to Beijing and Moscow
and Japan's prime minister to North Korea. Their success led to six-party
talks including the U.S. and South Korea. John Bolton, representing the
U.S., so insulted North Korea that they demanded his removal and the State
>> He stood with Sen. Jesse Helms in his effort to defund the U.N. by
refusing to pay U.S. dues. He again attempted to have U.S. dues withheld
after the United Nations refused to authorize the Iraqi invasion.
>> On the day this was written, former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations
spoke to the House Foreign Relations Committee. Their consesus was that the
United Nations is essential not only to world peace but our security and
that it needed to be strengthened, not weakened or considered irrelevant. As
an example, the only ray of sunshine in the Iraqi quagmire is the Iraqi
election successfully organized by the United Nations at America's request.
>> Bolton's career has been marked by an obsessive dislike for international
treaties, negotiations or law. His confirmation can only increase world
unease as to America's intentions. The United Nations needs our support, not
the disruptive and negative attacks and actions that John Bolton
>> Jim Mullins is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in
Washington, D.C., and a resident of Delray Beach.
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