Don’t Waste John Bolton on the UN

March 13, 2005

President Bush just nominated John Bolton as Ambassador for the UN. He’s a good man, but will be wasted on these crooks.

John Bolton is famously honest:

Describing the tyrannical dictator Kim Jong Il as a “tyrannical dictator” who had made North Korea “a hellish nightmare”.

Observing that “you could lop off 10 floors of the U.N. building and it wouldn’t matter.”

Now the problem. I showed a while back that the UN is bound to act as corruptly as Syria, since that nation’s Corruption Index is the average of the nations in the UN. Remember the UN membership is a mixture of honest, freedom-loving democracies and brutal, child-raping, corrupt thugocracies. Mark Steyn makes my point a bit more colorfully:

It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog faeces and mix ’em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That’s the problem with the UN.

John Bolton’s task in fixing the UN is no different to that of a turnround specialist fixing a broken corporation. Only one recipe works: eliminate the bloated HQ, brutally cut costs, fire incompetent managers, and shut down poorly performing businesses. If anything remains, focus on growing that.

But Mr. B can’t do any of these things. At best he’ll get a brief change in behavior at the top, while the organization waits him out. But temporary change of behavior is happening anyway, through the implicit threat of the President to pull the fat cats’ funding. Hence the newly robust peacekeepers, investigations into child rapes, the sudden insistence on Syria pullout from the Lebanon.

But the corrupt people will stay in place, so nothing will change. The US was unable to deny a third term to Mohamed ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency who won’t refer Iran’s nukes to the Security Council. The US can’t stop the UN Commission on Human Rights from including:

Sudan (genocide, rape), Zimbabwe (electoral fraud, murder, expropriation), Cuba (dictatorship, kleptocracy, dissident executions), plus China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and so on.

So, here’s my suggestion to President Bush for the better deployment of John Bolton. Have him do a 6 month “in-and-out”, spreading the fear of God in UN management & cutting their funding by (say) half. Then have him take on the EU – because without robust US action, it will lose the United Kingdom. More on that tomorrow.


Mediterranean Spring

March 13, 2005

Another fluffy bunny post – my run this morning gave 7 reasons why it’s Spring at last.
1. Temperature 65 degrees (18 Napoleonic).
2. Hundreds of local families out picnicking.
3. I overheated & had to strip off windproof top & pants.
4. Hunting bands of teen females promenading in thin sprayed-on T shirts and jeans.
5. Great clusters of wild flowers cascading over the stone walls between the tiny, immaculate fields.
6. Leeks planted out – in England this happens in June.
7. I got a nosebleed.