- Nov 22, 2003
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Ousted Bolton puts world to rights
Sarah Baxter, Washington
AS Americas ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton was no tame diplomat. Armed with his feared red pen, ready to strike out waffling resolutions, he was an able and aggressive defender of US interests, but he often had to uphold policies with which he was not in tune.
To the great chagrin of many people, I followed my instructions at the UN, he said in his first newspaper interview since relinquishing his post. He is a free man now and eager to have his say.
Bolton engaged in tortuous negotiations over sanctions for Iran and North Koreas nuclear programmes with little confidence they would work.
I wouldnt have engaged in negotiations with Iran in the first place, he said, evidently disdainful of Britain, France and Germanys years of reaching out to Iran. The policy has failed. Sanctions wont stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
Bolton thinks the Bush administration would rather find a way for diplomacy to succeed but time is running out. He added as an afterthought, Thats me speaking a rueful acknowledgment that he is no longer the voice of America.
Boltons disillusion with the UN is such that he would like it to face competition from other international organisations. The choice is to fix it or go somewhere else. He favours building up Nato as a rival in the belief that it could expand into a caucus of democracies a permanent coalition of the willing...