November 29, 2005

IN TODAY’S WALL STREET JOURNAL (free link) a look at John Bolton at the U.N.:

What has confounded John Bolton’s abundant detractors, both American and foreign, is how little he has lived up to their caricature of him as the fire-breathing, unilateralist, neo-conservative pit bull during his first four months as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. . . .

Some call what the U.S. is trying to achieve — with significant support from other countries, notably Japan — the GE-ization of the U.N., that is, introducing the modern management mechanisms of global companies. Together the U.S. and Japan provide more than 40% of U.N. funds (the U.S. 22% and Japan 19%). Among the leading opponents are Pakistan, Egypt and India.

Shockingly, much of the opposition appears to revolve around patronage, perks and pork.