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Quotes from John Bolton, Nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=1245&issue_id=42 Quotes from John Bolton, Nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations On the United Nations
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      Quotes from John Bolton, Nominee for Ambassador to the
      United Nations

      On the United Nations
      �There's no such thing as the United Nations.� (Global
      Structures Convocation, Feb. 3, 1994)

      �There is an international community that occasionally
      can be led by the only real power left in the world
      and that is the United States when it suits our
      interest and when we can get others to go along. And I
      think it would be a real mistake to count on the U.N.
      as if it is some disembodied entity out there that can
      function on its own.� (Global Structures Convocation,
      Feb. 3, 1994)

      �If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10
      stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.�
      (Global Structures Convocation, Feb. 3, 1994)

      In an interview in 2000 on National Public Radio, Mr.
      Bolton told Juan Williams, "If I were redoing the
      Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member
      because that's the real reflection of the distribution
      of power in the world." ... "And that one member would
      be, John Bolton?" Mr. Williams queried. "The United
      States," Mr. Bolton replied. (New York Times, March 9,
      2005)

      �Not only do not care about losing the General
      Assembly vote but actually see it as a 'make my day'
      outcome.� (USA Today, September 10, 2001)

      On Diplomacy
      �I don't do carrots.� (Los Angeles Times, March 8,
      2005)

      �Diplomacy is not an end [in] itself if it does not
      advance U.S. interests.� (Los Angeles Times, March 8,
      2005)

      On China
      "Diplomatic recognition of Taiwan would be just the
      kind of demonstration of U.S. leadership that the
      region needs and that many of its people hope for. ...
      The notion that China would actually respond with
      force is a fantasy, albeit one the Communist leaders
      welcome and encourage in the West." (New York Times,
      March 9, 2005)

      On North Korea
      �A sounder U.S. policy would start by making it clear
      to the North that we are indifferent to whether we
      ever have 'normal' diplomatic relations with it, and
      that achieving that goal is entirely in their
      interests, not ours. We should also make clear that
      diplomatic normalization with the U.S. is only going
      to come when North Korea becomes a normal country.�
      (New York Times, March 9, 2005)

      On the International Criminal Court
      �Support for the International Criminal Court concept
      is based largely on emotional appeals to an abstract
      ideal of an international judicial system unsupported
      by any meaningful evidence and running contrary to
      sound principles of international crisis resolution.�
      (New York Times, March 9, 2005)

      Signing the letter informing the U.N. that Washington
      was renouncing the Rome Treaty to create the ICC �was
      the happiest moment of my government service.�
      (Washington Post, March 8, 2005)

      �The ICC embodies the fundamental error of trying to
      transform questions of international power and force
      into ''law.'' This is not only naive and unsound
      analysis, but also bad and potentially dangerous
      policy in the real world.� (USA Today, January 18,
      2000)

      On the Senate's failure to ratify the Comprehensive
      Test Ban Treaty
      "The Senate vote on the CTBT actually marks the
      beginning of a new realism on the issue of weapons of
      mass destruction and their global proliferation.
      Although undoubtedly a stinging and perhaps crippling
      humiliation for the Clinton administration, the Senate
      vote is also an unmistakable signal that America
      rejects the illusionary protections of unenforceable
      treaties." (Jerusalem Post, October 18, 1999)

      On the Biological Weapons Convention
      �It's dead, dead, dead, and I don't want it coming
      back from the dead.� (Inter Press Service, March 8,
      2005)
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