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John Bolton Quotes

We don't think it meets the standards set by the secretary general.
John Bolton
#General

The Human Rights Commission is the aspect of governance reform that obviously is ripest and that we have been pressing hardest on and it reflects the almost universal belief that the Human Rights Commission's intergovernmental decision making machinery is broken beyond repair.
John Bolton
#Human Rights

We certainly obtained a number of priorities that we felt were very important -- on terrorism, on human rights, on management, ... There are things we didn't get. This is a negotiation among 191 countries.
John Bolton
#Human Rights

We certainly obtained a number of priorities that we felt were very important -- on terrorism, on human rights, on management. There are things we didn't get. This is a negotiation among 191 countries.
John Bolton
#Human Rights

We did not have sufficient confidence in this text to be able to say that the Human Rights Council will be better than its predecessor.
John Bolton
#Confidence

Not so fast. We don't believe that the next secretary general belongs to any particular region.
John Bolton
#Believe

I'm confident that the Security Council under the charter has a responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.
John Bolton
#Peace

Our hope still would be to reach agreement tomorrow so the ministers in Berlin can focus on the future and the next steps (in the showdown with Tehran).
John Bolton
#Agreement

demonstrates further the strengthened resolve of the United Nations to work together for a democratic, secure and prosperous Iraq ? and for the lasting and permanent benefit and safety of its people.
John Bolton
#Iraq

Management reform is not a one-night stand. Management reform is forever. What we really need is a cultural revolution in terms of reform at the United Nations,
John Bolton
#Management

I took a list of when they (council members) came in. We started just before 10:15.
John Bolton
#Council

Many Republicans in Congress - and perhaps a majority - not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a "make my day" outcome. Indeed, once the vote is lost, and the adverse consequences predicted by the U.N.'s supporters begin to occur, this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing more should be paid to the U.N. system.
John Bolton
#Congress

The unanimous adoption of this resolution is a vivid demonstration of broad international support for a federal, democratic, pluralistic and unified Iraq.
John Bolton
#Adoption

I think an inability on the part of the Security Council to deal effectively with the Iranian nuclear weapons program would be a signal that as we are committed to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, that we have to look at other alternatives.
John Bolton
#Security

I'm sorry to disappoint you, Congressman. I had no role in this issue.
John Bolton
#Congressman

We're looking forward to Monday, ... We are prepared to be flexible on format and process.
John Bolton
#Flexible

The nature of the culture is such that the changes we want, both in the way the secretariat functions, and the way member governments function, needs to be changed in a substantial way.
John Bolton
#Culture

expressed the clear desire of the international community to support the evolving democratic process in Iraq.
John Bolton
#Community

This report unambiguously rejects the notion that business as usual at the United Nations is acceptable, ... We need to reform the U.N. in a manner that will prevent another oil-for-food scandal. The credibility of the United Nations depends on it.
John Bolton
#Business

a clear, strong declaration on terrorism will bolster our common efforts to preserve peace and security.
John Bolton
#Peace

[WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush urged senators Thursday to] put aside politics ... the right man at the right time for this important assignment.
John Bolton
#Man

North Korea today faces a choice, ... If North Korea wants to have a brighter future, it needs to fundamentally shift the way it operates at home and abroad.
John Bolton
#Choice

In the absence of serious Syrian cooperation on substantive matters, the mission can't get to the ultimate truth. That is what is seems to me the focus the U.N. Security Council should be.
John Bolton
#Absence

We are waiting for the outcome of the conversations.
John Bolton
#Conversations

This report unambiguously rejects the notion that 'business as usual' at the UN is acceptable. We need to reform the UN in a manner that will prevent another oil-for-food scandal.
John Bolton
#Business

We thought it was also important to show the continuing international commitment to progress in Iraq,
John Bolton
#Commitment

The difficulty, of course, is that Iran has used its oil and natural gas as a weapon, and used it very skillfully with a variety of countries. They've used it with India, China, with others. I hope there's a way to work around the energy question, but it may be awkward for Japan. We understand that, but we think it's important to stick together on the non-proliferation.
John Bolton
#Difficulty

If the Security Council can't deal with something like the Iranian nuclear weapons program, then it's hard to imagine what circumstances the (UN) Charter contemplated the Council would be involved in.
John Bolton
#Security

There's no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.
John Bolton
#American Statesman

We estimate that once Iraq acquires fissile material - whether from a foreign source or by securing the materials to build an indigenous fissile material capability - it could fabricate a nuclear weapon within one year.
John Bolton
#American Statesman