Molly Ball (Politico) reports the scary news:
That John Bolton? "Swingin' John Bolton eyes the U.N." (Isaiah's comic from May 12, 2005.)
The thought of Jeb Bush in the White House (followed by George P. and then by Jenna?) does not cause me to do flips. But as awful as that would seem, John Bolton? This is from SourceWatch:
Bolton is known for his strident criticisms of the United Nations, international treaties and in favour of the U.S. taking unilateral measures to pursue what it sees as in its national interest. The nomination of Bolton has "shocked diplomats at the United Nations." 
Bolton's confirmation will not be without controversy, however, as "Bolton, who has been a leading hawk against Iran and North Korea as the top arms control policies diplomat, has complained the United Nations does not take strong enough action against such nations. He also is a leading critic of international treaties." 
Some of Bolton's controversial statements include:
- At a 1994 panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Association Bolton stated "There is no such thing as the United Nations". He added that "if the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." 
- "...treaties are law only for U.S. domestic purposes. In their international operation, treaties are simply political obligations". John Bolton, Wall Street Journal November 17, 1997.
- Responding to moves by a lawyer seeking to indict the then President Clinton and Secretary of Defense William Sebastian Cohen for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Yugoslavia, Bolton said: "It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law even when it may seem in our short-term interest to do so - because, over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrict the United States. We ought to be concerned about this so-called right of humanitarian intervention - a right of intervention that is just a gleam in one beholder's eye but looks like flat-out aggression to somebody else. What we did was bomb innocent civilian Serbs into the ground in order that the Albanians can come back and ethnically cleanse the Serbs' relatives out of what's left of Kosovo." 
- "United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has begun to assert that the U.N. Security Council is 'the sole source of legitimacy on the use of force.' If the United States allows that claim to go unchallenged, its discretion in using force to advance its national interests is likely to be inhibited in the future." 
- In 2001 Jim Lobe reports Bolton told foreign delegations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons that the US would reject any attempt to regulate the trade in firearms or non-military rifles as it would "abrogate the constitutional right to bear arms." (Jim Lobe, "Ultra-right State Dept. official clashes with Pyongyang", Inter Press Service, August 4, 2003).
- Bolton suggested that "A sounder US policy [towards North Korea] 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." 
- Bolton said of the UN that "many Republicans in Congress - and perhaps a majority - not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a ‘make my day’ outcome. Indeed, once the vote is lost, and the adverse consequences predicted by the U.N.’s supporters begin to occur, this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing more should be paid to the U.N. system." Christy, Think Progress, March 7, 2004.
- In an interview in 2000 on National Public Radio, Mr. Bolton told Juan Williams that "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."
Scary. Then again, look at who is in the White House now and claiming the right to execute any American citizen, to play judge, jury, and God all in one.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: