Reality Check

John Bolton (search) isn't a household name yet, but the end of "yet" is just around the corner. Mr. Bolton has been chosen by President Bush to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (search).

Now, some might argue that the only thing a U.S. ambassador to the U.N. should do is drop by to deliver our resignation letter and a demand to get out of the United States. But that's not why Bolton is going to the U.N. He's going there to give the 190 other nations in the U.N. a dose of reality that goes like this:

We're sick of this organization operating as an anti-American one-upmanship club.

We're sick of paying the bills and getting trashed by every tin pot dictator the U.N. can invite into its midst.

We're sick of the U.N. acting as if the world — or the U.N. — can get along without the U.S.

And we're sick of all of you working against good ideas just because they come from the U.S. or from President Bush.

The list of "we're sick-of" could go on and on and on, but I'll stop there.

Somebody has got to tell them. The Brits won't; the French won't because they're the worst offenders; and that vast collection of fat kleptocrats — so-called diplomats — from Third World countries won't either.

That latter group includes a huge number of so-called nations — really little more than spots on the map — that would get invaded, taken over, subsumed, eliminated from memory except no one wants to get stuck with their problems of poverty and disease and corruption. So by benefit of their sorry state, they get to maintain their independence and membership in the U.N. and their right to bitch out the U.S.

It's a motley crew that is largely meaningless in terms of how the world is run, or how things turn out. But they want respect, they want to be a voice in the big decisions of the era and they want people like George W. Bush and John Bolton to notice them.

They would be better appreciated and more noticed if they made less noise. Bolton needs to tell them that, even if they don't want to hear it.

That's My Word.

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