[times bitch-slaps bolton]

Topic: United Nations

The New York Times today devotes its lead editorial to bitch-slapping John Bolton, claiming that his bluster and bullying are derailing a reform process that the United States actually supports and giving ammo to those who oppose serious change. In my view, the Times is pretty much right on.

(Oh, and I just got a call from one of the diplomats asking me what is meant by the sentence, “America’s most successful U.N. ambassadors … have known how to harness American power to patient, skillful diplomacy.” I had to admit that this one threw me a bit as well. Are we using patient, skillful diplomacy to drive American power or vice versa? The language supports the first interpretation, but that doesn’t make much sense conceptually. Anyway, an odd sentence, but a forceful editorial.)