Big Mouth Strikes Again...
Not sure how much play this piece got in the US press recently, but BBC's John Humphrys and former UN Ambassador John Bolton tussled over Iraq and Iran policies, as well as their personal feelings for each other, this past Thursday, May 17.
Bolton claimed UK/US foreign policy would've been more successful if not for those "meddling kids" at the Foreign Office and State Department, saying:
"...there have been a number of occasions where the Foreign Office was not carrying through on [Blair's] policies, just as often happens in the United States; the State Department is not loyal to the President's policies." Humphrys countered that perhaps both had a responsibility to advise "their political masters" by dissenting. Bolton replied, “(their) responsibility is to follow orders when they're given clear orders, which they often do not do."
* Trivia Time -- Please answer the following correctly: Given Bolton’s track record, I can see why he was chosen to serve as one of this administration’s most senior diplomats. His numerous successes at the UN are a testament to his skill and deftness in the diplomatic arena (note sarcasm again). Perhaps, Bolton should consider a new career as a WWE announcer....?
Bolton's statement reminds you of ______ a) Stalin; b) Hitler; c) Ceauşescu; d) Pol Pot; e) Idi Amin; f) Mobutu Sese Seko; g) all of the above.
Regarding Iran, Bolton went on to say that the U.S. should consider the "use of force" if all diplomatic options fail. (Sound oddly familiar?). The discussion got personal when Humphrys reminded Bolton of the overwhelming success of the Iraq policy (note sarcasm here). In typical bully fashion, Bolton accused Humphrys of being a “superior Brit,” of aiding and abetting the “extreme Left,” and for having an “empty brain.”
* Answer to trivia question: "g"