Gosh, you mean the U.N. doesn't miss John "Staple-Swinger" Bolton?
Hard to imagine!
New U.S. envoy is a 'breath of fresh air' at the UN
By Warren Hoge Published: June 5, 2007
UNITED NATIONS, New York: One by one, the ambassadors at an unusually jolly diplomatic dinner last month rose to pay tribute to the new American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad.
He was a needed "breath of fresh air," one envoy said.
A third said that while no one expected disagreements with American policy to end, he liked the "sensitive" way that policy was now being presented.
His turn to respond, Khalilzad stood and said: "I have discovered from your comments that the best thing I have done was to choose my predecessor."
Khalilzad, the former American ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, has been welcomed with open arms since arriving at the United Nations five weeks ago, and one frequently cited reason is that he strikes people as so different from John Bolton, the combative former American ambassador.
"I've heard universally good things about Khalilzad from ambassadors," said Edward Luck, a professor of international affairs at Columbia who has followed the United Nations for more than three decades. "You couldn't have two more contrasting approaches to the job, and all of them bring up Bolton and say what a welcome relief Khalilzad is to the old approach, which was so much preaching and in your face."