Thoughts of an American Centrist

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Even More Good news for John Bolton

Guess what? We have even more people criticizing John Bolton today! Just yesterday we were reminded that Chairman Luger had attacked Bolton's record in June of last year (this, of course, was before he was conscripted to be the man's chief cheerleader in the Senate).

Today, it's been revealed that Deputy Secretarty of State Richard Armitage put Bolton on double-secret-probation while he was Undersecretary of State by requiring Armitage's personal sign-off on every speech Bolton made. The man certainly has a way with words.

Also today, Hans Blix has decided that he wants another 15 minutes of fame, and decides to blast the US for not doing more on arms control. He singles out Bolton in his role as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control for particular criticism.

"Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, by questioning the value of treaties and international law, has also damaged the U.S. position," Hans Blix said.

Granted, Blix is criticizing US action on a the fairly toothless Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but I do think it is of note that he characterizes Bolton's undermining in the general terms of discounting the value of any international treaties at all.

Bolton likes to make absolute and sweeping generalizations (not unlike the one I'm making right here). How can such a blunt and dismissive person work in a delicate and nuanced environment such as international diplomatic relations?