Monday, March 07, 2005

If there's no such thing, why will we pay him?

President Bush's nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is a guy who about a decade ago said, "There is no such thing as the United Nations."

Reality thus officially transcends parody.

4 Comments:

Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

I've got irony fatique from it :|

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't quite tell if you're against this guy or simply pointing out the ironic comment, but in all reality, is his comment that far off from the truth? I think our post-9/11 actions against Afghanistan and Iraq and the disagreement major countries had with us over those actions show that not every country in the UN is united with us.

Some of those countries might have disagreed with our post-9/11 actions, but is that because they actually disagreed with our actions or because they didn't want to see some of their allies attacked?

Bolton's an adult, and he didn't technically "grow up" after his comments 10 years ago (since you don't really "grow up" after becoming an adult), but people usually get wiser as they get older, and I think it's unfair to judge this guy simply from a decade-old comment (a comment that I've said has at least a kernel of truth to it). If we're going to bash him because of that comment, I can't wait until all of those Americans who said they were going to move to Canada after Kerry lost start running for public office.

J.B.G.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Sorry about the double post. Feel free to delete that.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

I'm a huge fan of irony, so that's the main gist of it. (Unfortunately, jokes aren't very funny if I have to explain them, so maybe I should have tried harder.)

In all seriousness, though, what could possibly be the advantage of nominating, as the new American ambassador to the United Nations, a guy who has expressed open disdain for the group? I thought Bush said he wanted to reach out to our allies, make a fresh start after the disagreements over the Iraq war, etc. There has to be a better way to do that than by ruffling feathers with a U.N. ambassador who says the U.N. is irrelevant.

9:10 AM  

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