Friday, May 18, 2007

Big Ben Bolton

How the BBC's John Humphries fared against an exercised John Bolton, from an EU Referendum post. I think Bolton's diplomatic problem is that he doesn't know his place. A really well-bred man would know when to cringe; when to whine and show appropriate remorse on cue.

5 Comments:

Blogger Habu said...

Amb. Bolton is certainly a man who knows how to speak directly with little apology for speaking the unalloyed truth. Of course in the diplomatic world this is an absolute breach of decorum and must not be tolerated. Ergo he is gone from the UN.

The Brit host no doubt sheilding himself with the Socratic method of "telling you a question" also has a rich history known to Amb Bolton. For the host to feign fowl when confronted with his modus operandi is comical with more than a dash of pathos. One would think he might even be a meretricious Aristophanes comedic mocking the tragic plays of Euripides.

I say bravo John.

5/18/2007 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Habu said...

I should have been more succinct and simply said, in the spirit of the title, that Amb Bolton "really clocked him"

5/18/2007 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

Why appear on the BBC in the first place? It's this demented logic that has Bolton working at the UN, Wolfowitz at the World Bank, and keeps these structurally pernicious franchises going.

5/19/2007 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

"fowl" - a bird which may or may not be feigning.

"foul" - having someing unfair done to you and whining about it. Like being hit over the head with a fowl by an ex-ambassador.

5/19/2007 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Insufficiently Sensitive said...

Bolton's problem is not the BBC - he dusted off the snivelling 'questioner' very nicely.

His problem is with the cabal of losers in the US Senate, who would fight to your last nickel to prevent the US from having strongly stated, principled and unapologetic representation in the UN. Bolton's appointment was one of the best moves George Bush has made, and the Democrats moved the earth to sabotage it.

This country would have a far better future if those Senatorial Democrats loved the country more than they hated the Bush administration.

5/19/2007 09:52:00 AM  

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