Sunday, June 11, 2006

Take the diplomacy out of the diplomat, and you end up with John Bolton, US ambassador to the UN… which is OK, because diplomacy for a diplomat's sake isn't worth the $20 billion annual UN entertainment budget otherwise. John Bolton, via Times Online:

ON NEGOTIATING
“I don’t do carrots.”

ON THE UN
“It’s a target-rich environment.”

ON REVAMPING THE UN
“Reform is not a one-night stand.”

ON UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
“We want a butterfly. We’re not going to put lipstick on a caterpillar and declare it a success.”

ON THE NEXT UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
“A proletarian.”

ON THE WORLD ORGANISATION
“There is no such thing as the United Nations.”

ON THE UN BUREAUCRACY
“If the UN Secretariat building in New York lost ten storeys, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”

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