Monday, December 04, 2006
Unable to win Senate confirmation, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will step down when his temporary appointment expires within weeks, the White House said Monday.This is a particularly bad time for a gap at the UN, though. Bolton had accomplished a lot.
The White House resubmitted Bolton's nomination last month. But with Democrats capturing control of the next Congress, his chances of winning confirmation appeared slight. The incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, said he saw "no point in considering Mr. Bolton's nomination again."
And this case of a man's justification for molesting two girls is bound to go down in history - it was his wife's fault!
Kinney, 49, said his wife would sometimes argue with him over money and that he was angry she was spending too much on bingo.The judge did not find Kinney's logic compelling. Kinney molested two separate girls, one beginning when she was 13. It continued for years.
"She would be going to bingo three, four times a week. I told her to stop going to bingo, and she said, 'If they had bingo every day, I'd go every day,'" he said.
These two stories seemed to me to belong together. For example, this tale of the new and improved UN Human Rights Commission shows the effect of warped logic on the international level:
Switzerland's Walter Kälin, who drew up the blueprint for the Human Rights Council, tells swissinfo where it is going wrong and what needs to be done.Kalin on that issue:
Divisions between developed and developing countries on the 47:strong body have been skilfully exploited by Muslim and Arab countries, leading to strong condemnation of Israel on several occasions but weak action on other pressing issues such as the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region.
swissinfo: Does the council risk becoming irrelevant as long as the US remains outside and it is dominated by Muslim countries?That's the problem in a nutshell. Anyone who speaks forcefully on situations like Darfur is going to outrage the ME diplomats, but the failure of the non-ME/African countries means that people being slaughtered have no real international opposition. There is no way to allow everyone to leave these meetings feeling cozy and all diplomatically accepted.
W.K.: It is not dominated by Muslim countries in terms of numbers. They make up about one third. If you combine the western European group with eastern Europe and the Latin Americans with similar interests, then this group is equally strong.
It's really down to defining positions and advancing them forcefully. If you look at some of the states from the South, they are great at doing this. They are very clever at defining positions well in advance, in creating unity among themselves and in finding allies from other regions. The western group is not doing that.
Anyone want to speculate about the next candidate for UN Ambassador? Well he or she be a tactful type (damn, those Jews are playing Bingo again! We can't talk about any other deaths until those Jews stop shooting back!), or an extremely offensive, intolerant, nasty SOB who thinks that if the African and ME countries don't want the west in Darfur, then they had better stop the slaughter themselves? Isn't it interesting that a UN force with westerners is allowed in Lebanon to stop Israel from shooting back, but that a UN force is not allowed in Darfur to stop the slaughter there?
I want an SOB - because I'm a bitch myself.
PS: Howard of Oraculations posted a link to this YouTube video, which I think could be used as an example of the UN in action.