El discurso de Bush
going, gone -- John Bolton
By Juana Carrasco Martín
talking about baseball, so this is not a home run. What's gone is (finally!)
John Bolton, the ambassador-designate to the United Nations, hand-picked by
George W. Bush during a Congressional recess because the legislators never gave
him a passing grade.
with the face of a growling dog has resigned, knowing that neither this
Congress, which ends its session this month, nor the one that takes over in
January were going to approve him.
hawk takes flight after the Republican defeat at the polls on Nov. 7, because
Donald Rumsfeld also turned in his letter of resignation. But many more hawks
remain in the Bushian nest.
leaves, carrying under his arm quite a number of failures, in addition to his
explosive statements inside the U.N. to defend the interests of the United
States against much of the planet, particularly the underdeveloped countries.
cannot forget that earlier he did a lot to discredit the world organization
(remember when he said that if ten floors of the U.N. building in New York
disappeared, "nothing would happen.")
too, the flood of votes in favor of the General Assembly resolution that
condemned, for the 15th consecutive time, the U.S. blockade against Cuba; his
inability, despite his arm-twisting, to impose Guatemala as Washington's
candidate to the Security Council, so as to block Venezuela's bid. And he
couldn't stall the administrative reform at the world body so it would serve
solely and exclusively to foment a world to Washington's liking.
exercising the United States' veto power, Bolton managed to contain a resolution
condemning Israel for its crimes against the Palestinian people in Beit Hanoun.
And when the resolution was brought before the General Assembly, it earned the
approval of a broad majority, demonstrating that, despite their wishes and
willfulness, the United States and Bolton couldn't always get away with their
the U.S. had exercised its veto before, also to stop another resolution against
the Israeli aggressions in occupied Palestinian lands. However, with
premeditation, Bolton called for an early solution to the war Israel unleashed
on Lebanon, de facto permitting the destruction of Lebanon's economy and
infrastructure, in addition to the mowing of hundreds of lives, mostly Lebanese
list could include several other instances that have lit fires in this convulsed
planet. As U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said, Bolton "did the job he was
expected to do." That is why the White House bemoaned, unashamedly: "He was a
successful ambassador at the U.N.," and added, weeping: "We are in mourning
because he was not rewarded and honored" for that.
tranquility" reigns in the steel-and-glass building by the East River in
Manhattan, the news agencies reported. Bolton -- whom many had described as a
bull in a china shop -- entered the U.N. by the rear door and left it the same