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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“President George W. Bush has nominated John Bolton, a blunt long-time critic of the United Nations, to be U.S. ambassador to the world body in a move that raised doubts about Bush's new emphasis on diplomacy.”
-Reuters, March 8, 2005

"The president and I have asked John to do this work because he knows how to get things done. He is a tough-minded diplomat. He will be a strong voice for reform."
-Condoleeza Rice, March 8, 2005

“His nomination is likely to be seen by many at the UN headquarters in New York as an aggressive move by Washington. Mr Bolton has made clear he is no friend of the UN. He once said: ‘There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United States.’”
-The Times (UK), March 8, 2005

“The [U.N.] Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference,"
-John Bolton, 1994

"Moreover, 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."
-John Bolton, as reported in the Washington Times, October 28, 1998

“Kim Jong Il, of course, has not had to endure the consequences of his failed policies. While he lives like royalty in Pyongyang, he keeps hundreds of thousands of his people locked in prison camps with millions more mired in abject poverty, scrounging the ground for food. For many in North Korea, life is a hellish nightmare.”
-John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, July 31, 2003

“I’m not saying that the leader of North Korea is a nice guy (he most certainly isn’t), but when you are a diplomat, sometimes you should remember the words that most mothers taught us.. ‘If you can’t say something nice about someone don’t say anything at all’.”
-Skippy, September 9, 2003

"We know that there are several hawks within the present U.S. administration but have not yet found out such rude human scum as Bolton. What he uttered is no more than rubbish which can be let loose only by a beastly man bereft of reason. […] such human scum and bloodsucker is not entitled to take part in the talks."
-North Korean Foreign Ministry, August 3, 2003

“Charming. Good job insulting the United Nations Dubya. This is kind of like nominating Rush Limbaugh to head up the BATF, or getting Gandhi to head up the NRA. Sometimes you should just know better.”

“Why should I have to change my name? He's the one who sucks”
-Michael Bolton, Office Space


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