Date: April 26 2005
Published in Boston Globe, April 30th, 2005

State department spokesman Adam Erili claims that Secretary of State Rice and President Bush know John Bolton better than a retired ex-ambassador (Boston Globe, Tuesday April 26, page 11). We should however remember the context: Bolton has been categorized as a person who, in polite terms, "kisses up and kicks down." Rice and Bush have seen the nice side of Bolton; the ex-ambassador saw him kicking. John Bolton is not needed at the UN, where quiet diplomacy is required to bring about constructive change.