At last, John Bolton has had the opportunity to do what he was posted to the UN to do - to show 'em who's boss. And what fun he is having.
Headlines all over the place - from the Hindu Times to the Times.
Bolton has found a pretext by which he may throw his weight around and make high moral ground blackmail threats on behalf of the USA. Yes, the perfect oxymoron. Bolton can be holier than thou at the same time as he casts the ominous veiled threat - in this case, to destroy the UN by removing its US funding. Unless, of course, he gets an apology from British UN Deputy Secretary Mark Malloch Brown.
Malloch Brown's criticism of the US's UN-bashing, principally that from the appalling uber-conservative Rush Limbaugh, was just what Bolton had been waiting for.
It is OK for Limbaugh and the Right to bag the UN, but not for the UN to respond.
But it was not so much Malloch Brown's snipe that the UN was rarely defended from criticism in the US that really galled the US Envoy, caused his knee to jerk and the bullyboy hackles to rise.
Apparently Malloch Brown opined that "the role of the UN is a mystery in Middle America".
Ohmygod. How shocking.
What a hienous national slur.
But it is all right. Middle America suddenly has a champion - riding on a magnificently high horse.
Quoth Saint Bolton, defender of defenceless little people:
"Maybe it is fashionable in some circles to look down on Middle America, to say they don’t get the complexities of the world and they don’t have the benefit of continental education and they are deficient in so many ways".
Now that's not a loaded interpretation of the word "mystery", is it.
Bolton and UN