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2008-12-01 John Bolton

For a guy who's supposed to be a diplomat, John Bolton is as blunt as they come. To his admirers, Bolton is a smart, hard-working realist. To his critics, he's an abrasive bully, who abuses power. So, how did he get here ? Well, Bolton is a lawyer - educated at Yale. During the 80's and early 90s he served in a variety of posts under both President Reagan and George Bush Senior. Most notably, in 2001 - when Bolton was named America's top arms control official. In that job, Bolton ripped North Korea's Kim Jong-il for living like royalty while his people lived a "hellish nightmare."nNorth Korea was not impressed. It cut off talks with Bolton and called him "human scum." nNow, fast forward to 2005. President George W. Bush picked Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. A surprising choice, to many. Because at one time Bolton referred to the U-S as the world's "only real power" and said there was "no such thing" as the U.N.

 

Check out his interview with George here - www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=952315677

 

For a guy who's supposed to be a diplomat, John Bolton is as blunt as they come. To his admirers, Bolton is a smart, hard-working realist. To his critics, he's an abrasive bully, who abuses power. So, how did he get here ? Well, Bolton is a lawyer - educated at Yale. During the 80's and early 90s he served in a variety of posts under both President Reagan and George Bush Senior. Most notably, in 2001 - when Bolton was named America's top arms control official. In that job, Bolton ripped North Korea's Kim Jong-il for living like royalty while his people lived a "hellish nightmare."nNorth Korea was not impressed. It cut off talks with Bolton and called him "human scum." nNow, fast forward to 2005. President George W. Bush picked Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. A surprising choice, to many. Because at one time Bolton referred to the U-S as the world's "only real power" and said there was "no such thing" as the U.N.

 

Check out his interview with George here - www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=952315677

 

For a guy who's supposed to be a diplomat, John Bolton is as blunt as they come. To his admirers, Bolton is a smart, hard-working realist. To his critics, he's an abrasive bully, who abuses power. So, how did he get here ? Well, Bolton is a lawyer - educated at Yale. During the 80's and early 90s he served in a variety of posts under both President Reagan and George Bush Senior. Most notably, in 2001 - when Bolton was named America's top arms control official. In that job, Bolton ripped North Korea's Kim Jong-il for living like royalty while his people lived a "hellish nightmare."North Korea was not impressed. It cut off talks with Bolton and called him "human scum." Now, fast forward to 2005. President George W. Bush picked Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. A surprising choice, to many. Because at one time Bolton referred to the U-S as the world's "only real power" and said there was "no such thing" as the U.N.

 

Check out his interview with George here - www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=952315677

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