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April 12, 2005

John Bolton: The right man for the job

Your wife has a mammogram because of a suspicious lump. You accompany her to the doctor's office to discuss the results. The doctor enters the room smiling and says, “Nothing to worry about at all” You both breath a sigh of relief as the doctor leans against the cabinet and pulls a pen from the pocket of his smock.

“So it wasn't cancer?” You ask.

“Oh, I have no idea,” the doctor replies, scribbling something on a chart in his hand.

You and your wife exchange startled glances.

“But you said there's nothing to worry about,” your wife asks, the worry on her face visible.

“That's right,” the doctor smiles reassuringly, clicks the pen and returns it to his breast pocket, “whether it's cancer or not I think the best course is to simply let things go and see what happens," holding the chart with both hands, he leans back casually, “No sense doing anything invasive when it may very well be nothing at all.”

The fear in your wife's eyes matches your own.

“I...I don't understand,“ you ask, not believing your ears, “Couldn't you tell anything from the mammogram?”

“Oh, yeah,” the doctor replies, dropping his left hand with the chart and scratching behind his ear with the other hand, “we all agreed that it definitely looks like it could be cancer, but as I said, I really don't think that justifies any invasive treatment when there's a good 5 to 10% chance that we're wrong and it's benign.”

Okay, by that time you, I or any sane person would be storming from the room, demanding to see another doctor or heading to a different clinic. We don't want a doctor that's willing to ignore a problem when the evidence says it is serious.

So what's the uproar about John Bolton? After years of reports of abuse, corruption, mismanagement and just plain idiocy on the part of the United Nations, he has the unmitigated gall to actually point out the abuse, corruption, mismanagement and just plain idiocy on the part of the United Nations. How dare he?!?

Either the United Nations is a waste of time and valuable New York real estate, or it's worth salvaging. If it's worth salvaging then we need people who are willing to address the problems, not pretend they don't exist. But that's not the way Liberals see it.

Liberals are like the doctor portrayed above. They think it's ridiculous to attempt to correct an institution that they're only 90% convinced is corrupt to the point of being ineffective. But then that's consistent with the core philosophy of Liberalism --it's not about what actually works, but what seems to work and still suits their selfish needs. So what if billions were sapped from the starving Iraqi people into the pocket of high placed UN officials -- at least we were able to convince ourselves we were the good guys. So what if hundreds of women in third world nations were raped or impregnated by lecherous UN officials. At least we got to claim we were helping them -- that's much more important, right.

Liberals dislike Bolton because he is a danger to the UN status quo of victimizing while pretending to be the hero, of exploiting while claiming to care, of raping and calling it “diplomacy”. Bolton will make us have to look at the ugly face the UN has become. And that might be unpleasant.

Bolton coverage: PowerLine, Michelle Malkin, HyScience, insignificant thoughts, LGF, Michelle Malkin

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 12, 2005 08:41 AM

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"Liberals dislike Bolton because he is a danger to the UN status quo of victimizing while pretending to be the hero, of exploiting while claiming to care, of raping and calling it “diplomacy”. Bolton will make us have to look at the ugly face the UN has become. And that might be unpleasant."

Excellent point. A similar formula can be applied to most other every liberal complaints. To the left, it is far better to talk and feel,than to do. Good intentions are more important to them than real results.

Posted by: Buckley F. Williams at April 12, 2005 10:01 AM

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