The author, clearly no fan of John Bolton or anyone in the Bush White
House, reflects Cuban revulsion at Bolton's appointment as America's Ambassador
to the United Nations on Monday.
A Uniter, Not a Divider? Bolton
Arrives at U.N. Headquarters.
A journalist with the [German] news agency DPA said that yesterday’s White
House ceremony was less like an appointment as it was a funeral. George Bush,
Condoleezza Rice and John Bolton were so tense, that their habitual stone faces
showed a few stress lines. Even so, since President Bush does so whenever he can,
he limited himself to issuing an order: "Bolton will provide clear American
leadership. I will insist upon results."
The opposition in the U.S. Senate and almost the entire rest of the world denounced
the nomination of the ex-undersecretary of State as new United States ambassador
to the United Nations. What concerns them is Bolton’s stubborn defense,
in every forum, of extreme ultraconservative ideas about some kind of approaching
ultimate destiny. It’s hard to imagine an individual with a history as
undesirable as that of Bolton - a man of the type that is quite rightly called
a hard-conservative, who feels that his beliefs are better than anyone else’s.
Except for one: the belief in the salvation of the world (its world: the one
that they impose on all others) which is the particular responsibility of the
clan that governs from the White House.
President Bush Appoints John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,
Aug. 1, 00:06:14
John Bolton's Famous Comments About the United Nations,'There is no United Nations',
Bolton Presents His Credentials to U.N. Chief Kofi Annan
The best credentials that Bolton has are the very criticisms that have been
raised over his nomination. Namely, his dreadful opposition to multilateralism
and his hatred toward Cuba, about which he has blatantly lied more than once,
accusing the island of producing biological weapons.
If his lies had led to a military intervention in this country [Cuba], we would
probably be witnessing his nomination for something like the vice presidency
of the empire, instead of his designation to a diplomatic post.
Apparently, the only thing in America that seems to trigger greater intolerance
[than Cuba] is the slightest hint of liberalism or progressivism, even the type
practiced in the United States.
Take the case of Karl Rove. He has proven that anything goes, as long as it
favors the man in charge. When he denounced the CIA agent, he did it so the
United States would have a good pretext to enter Iraq.
Rove and Bolton, and anyone else that wants to climb up next to the Bush babies,
know that things go smoothly only as long as one offers the dynasty blind obedience.
They and the National Rifle Association and the rest the extreme-religious and
extreme-reactionary committees - have concluded that it is preferable to install
a presidential nursery at the Bush ranch than to perform a traditional coup d'etat
or risk another Clinton disaster.
What seems to me even more fascinating than the astounding appointment of the
new ambassador to the U.N. is that they managed to assemble in the same space,
people with such physical electricity, so irritating and so amazingly alike,
that the earth continued to rotate on its axis.
It was extraordinary to see standing together at the White House yesterday
morning three notable survivors of such popular scorn and unique mediocrity
that light bulbs didn’t burst or a thunderbolt strike the starched head
of Condoleezza or that they weren't buried beneath an earthquake. If that is
not a miracle, then God should come and see.