Two months ago, Israel's ambassador to the United
Nations, Dan Gillerman, publicly criticized UN Security Council members Russia,
China, and Qatar for "disappointing the Jewish state," while heaping
praise on John Bolton – the U.S. recess-appointment UN ambassador – "jokingly"
describing him as "a secret member of Israel's own team."
It appears American ambassadors rarely – if ever – disappoint the Jewish state.
Since 1967, American ambassadors have vetoed or threatened to veto every proposed
resolution critical of Israel.
In particular, on July 13, Bolton vetoed a resolution proposed by Qatar that
called upon Israel to immediately end its two-week-old military incursion into
And Bolton appears to have just blocked Chinese efforts to get the Security
Council to issue a "strong condemnation" of the day-long assault by
the Israelis on a UN outpost in Lebanon, which resulted in the deaths of a Chinese,
a Finnish, a Canadian, and an Austrian, UN military observers.
The reaction in Congress has been so positive that President Bush is attempting
once more to get Bolton confirmed by the Senate as ambassador.
Chairman Richard Lugar, in reopening
confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had
this – inter alia – to say:
"Our nation is confronted, as it was last year, by serious diplomatic
challenges that will have a profound effect on U.S. national security.
"At the heart of our efforts to resolve these issues is a basic
question: Can the United States build relationships and alliances around
the world that will give us the tools we need to protect our national security?"
After making the utterly ridiculous claim that "the Bush administration
has embraced a multilateral dimension to problem-solving that recognizes that
we need allies" Lugar went on to say;
"The process of building international relationships cannot be
reserved for times of crisis. It must be a constant preoccupation of any
administration, and it must be a core diplomatic mission of our United Nations
Well, obviously, Bonkers Bolton is the man for the job.
For example, on the eve of Security Council deliberations on what – if anything
– to do with the "Iranian dossier" the Board of Governors of the International
Atomic Energy Agency had improperly sent them, Bolton made this outrageous threat:
"This is a real test for the Security Council. There's just no doubt
that for close to 20 years, the Iranians have been pursuing nuclear weapons
through a clandestine program that we've uncovered.
"If the UN Security Council can't deal with the proliferation of nuclear
weapons, can't deal with the greatest threat we have with a country like
Iran – that's one of the leading state sponsors of terrorism – if the Security
Council can't deal with that, you have a real question of what it can deal
Unfortunately for Bolton, the "Iranian dossier" makes it clear there
is no evidence whatsoever that Iran is now pursuing or has ever pursued a nuclear
So, the Council noted in a non-binding
Presidential Statement they had "serious concern" that after more than two
years of intrusive inspections the Agency was still not
in a position to even conclude that Iran had declared all its activities that
should have been declared.
Now, that's obviously not what Bolton wanted or expected.
Nevertheless, Bolton emerged from the final negotiating session to falsely
claim the Council was sending an unmistakable message to Iran:
"This is simply a statement that says to Iran, you have consistently
disobeyed resolutions of the International Atomic Energy Agency, violated
your safeguards agreements, you've violated the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty, you must now come into compliance, and if in 30 days that hasn't
happened, and we expect a report from the IAEA director general, in 30 days
the Security Council will be competent and ready to act."
In announcing today that he still opposes Bolton's confirmation, Sen. Chris
Dodd (D-Conn.) cited another example of Bolton's diplomatic style:
"My objection isn't that he's a bully, but that he's been an ineffective
bully and can't win the day when it comes – when it really counts.
"For example, prior to a vote earlier this month on the UN Security
Council resolution intended to sanction North Korea for its provocative 4th
of July missile launches, Mr. Bolton publicly assured anyone who would listen
that he could get support for a resolution with teeth – with a so-called Chapter
"Turns out, of course, he couldn't. The resolution adopted by the UN
Security Council fell well short of that."
Of course, the last thing the world needs is for Bonkers Bolton to be effective.