Bolton Bites Back! Calls UN Remark Worst Mistake in 25 Years!
Ambassador John Bolton said today that, “This was the worst mistake by a UN official in more that 25 years!”
Bolton Responds to the UN’s Attack on the American People,
You would think that an organization that has Cuba and China on its Human Rights Council might want to keep a lower profile. But, no! The UN says that it is the “US Critism of the UN“ that is undermining its efforts… Not the financial scandals or the numerous charges of rape, mind you.
US Ambassador John Bolton blasted the UN today in response to the harsh remarks yesterday from the UN’s #2 official about the United States. Apparently, the UN is still upset that the US did not sign on to the ridiculous UN Human Rights Council, among other things:
The United Nations’ No. 2 official accused the U.S. government of keeping Middle America in the dark about the world body’s good works, a rare direct criticism that drew an angry response Wednesday from Ambassador John Bolton.
Bolton called Tuesday’s speech by Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown a “very, very grave mistake” that could undermine Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s efforts to push through an ambitious agenda at the world body.
“I spoke to the secretary-general this morning, I said ‘I’ve known you since 1989 and I’m telling you this is the worst mistake by a senior U.N. official that I have seen in that entire time,”‘ Bolton told reporters on Wednesday.
“To have the deputy secretary-general criticize the United States in such a manner can only do grave harm to the United Nations,” Bolton said.
In the speech, Malloch Brown said the United States relies on the United Nations as a diplomatic tool but doesn’t defend it against criticism at home, a policy of “stealth diplomacy” that he called unsustainable.
He lamented that the good works of the U.N. are largely lost because “much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.”
But, in 2005 Malloch Brown said something entirely different in an interview about FOX News (from the above video):
Question: Do you think FOX News has been waging a political campaign against the United Nations?
Brown: No let me be clear. You know this report reflects what FOX News and many others have said that there were filings in this program is correct. Journalists’ investigations of the UN were very much warranted.
Daniel Drezner has more on this latest FOX News attack.