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Bolton the Brave

Tuesday, 08 March 2005 12:00 AM

They hate John Bolton. He's the antithesis of everything they hold dear, and the sovereignty of the United States is not part of it. After all, these people swoon with ecstasy every time some idiots in black robes on the Supreme Court base a decision on what foreign nations believe to be right and just. To hell with the Constitution of the United States. It's foreign opinion that matters.

And this Bolton guy makes it clear that he couldn't care less about what other nations think of us – all he wants from them is their respect, even if it's of the grudging sort. They can take their admiration and shove it.

Right now we're hearing a lot from the left-leaning, globalist media about John Bolton, but damned little of it takes the measure of this extraordinary giant living in a capital filled with squealing pygmies. Mostly it revolves around their panic over the news that the president wants to send Dirty Harry instead of Mortimer Snerd to the corrupt, scandal-ridden, child-molesting U.N.

Think of what it could mean: the United States of America sending a tough-minded, highly principled man into this den of unprincipled thieves and malingerers. Good heavens, the man might even succeed in bringing the U.N. to heel. He might even be able to use the clout he wields as the representative of the world's only superpower to force the U.N. to stop sending child rapists to poverty-stricken areas of the world and stop running scams such as the Oil-for-Food program and other schemes that allow the members of the secretariat to pick up great gobs of cash on the side.

O.K. Just who is John Bolton? Perhaps the best way of describing him is to turn to a house organ of the left for a rundown of Mr. Bolton. That way I can't be accused of allowing some fellow conservative to heap praise on him while blithely ignoring his warts.

For that we turn to The New Republic, which last spring carried a story on Bolton written by Lawrence Kaplan, an honest journalist whom I hereby nominate to become Bolton's Boswell.

Kaplan begins by noting that Bolton, the assistant secretary of state for Arms Control and International Security, has been called "rude" and "undiplomatic" by Iran's Foreign Ministry, and "'rude' and "human scum, ... an animal running about recklessly ... an ugly fellow who cannot be regarded as a human being" by North Korea's genteel government, which, it seems, was not consciously echoing such Senate Democrats as poor John Kerry commenting on Bolton's U.N. nomination.

One of the strangest criticisms Kaplan reported came from Delaware Democrat Senator Joe Biden, who, he reports, once called Bolton "too competent." Can you imagine sending someone to the U.N. who is even

Anyway, let me get back to Mr. Kaplan and his profile of John Bolton.

When he took his present high-profile job at the outset of the first Bush administration, liberal Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan was beside himself. He warned darkly that under Bolton's direction the U.S. would abandon ABM, build a destabilizing national missile defense system, abandon the Kyoto treaty, suspend talks with North Korea and – horrors! – oppose the International Criminal Court.

Dorgan was right.

Bolton immediately set to work taking on some of the internationalists' pet issues. According to Kaplan, he "engineered America's withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty, established a harder line against North Korea and Iran, scuttled a draft protocol on enforcing the Biological Weapons Convention, waged a successful campaign to oust the chief of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and set the stage for America's abandonment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). And that was only year one!"

Bolton is a Barry Goldwater conservative, a realist described as an advocate of "diplomatic redneckery" by the far left elitist magazine The Nation.

He favors, he said, an "interests-based foreign policy grounded in a concrete agenda of protecting particular peoples and territory."

That kind of realpolitik view led former Senator Jesse Helms to remark that "John Bolton is the kind of man with whom I would stand at Armageddon."

That's not exactly the sentiment many of his colleagues at State would express. The dainty, pin-striped one-worlder bureaucrats who infest Foggy Bottom are appalled by his bare-knuckled foreign policies. These policies offend their tender sensibilities, which have for years guided State Department policies.

He's a tough boss. Department careerists who work under him grumble that he makes them stand during daily morning meetings. Stand? Mercy me! Isn't that managerial abuse?

Bolton has been at his battle station for a long time. As chief of the Civil Division at the Reagan Justice Department, his confrontations with the bureaucracy led liberal Democrat Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder to call him Captain Queeg.

Later he continued his running battle with the bureaucracy when he was the first Bush administration's U.S. representative to the U.N. Security Council. Some State Department career foreign service officers call him the "anti-diplomat," Kaplan reported.

"Bolton's best kept as far as possible from foreign officials," a former Bolton aide told Kaplan. "But I'll give him his due; he's been very effective."

Bolton explained his approach to the current war on terrorism to Kaplan, noting that "We're not trying to build a platonic international order. We're responding to specific threats with a national-interest approach."

Kaplan ends this unapologetic tribute to John Bolton by quoting Jack Nicholson in his role as Col. Jessup in the 1992 film "A Few Good Men."

"We live in a world that has walls" – and "deep down in places you don't talk about at parties you want me on that wall."

Wrote Kaplan, "If nowhere else, Bolton belongs on that wall."

His fellow Americans can thank God that this is exactly where he is.

Bravo, George Bush. You done good.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

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