John Bolton

(John Robert Bolton)

John Bolton
John Bolton
  • Born: November 20, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Statesman

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John Robert Bolton is an American attorney, political commentator, Republican consultant, government official and former diplomat who serves as the 27th National Security Advisor of the United States. He began his tenure as National Security Advisor on April 9, 2018. Bolton served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006 as a recess appointee by President George W. Bush. He resigned at the end of his recess appointment in December 2006 because he was unlikely to win confirmation from the Senate, which the Democratic Party had gained control of at the time.

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According to the U. N. Charter, the Secretary General is the chief administrative officer, not its chief moralizer. United Nations
Accountability begins with transparency. Secrecy & Transparency
Advocacy: Advocacy for America Diplomacy & Diplomats
American foreign policy decision makers should be responsible for and accountable to Americans, not to "world opinion," or "the international community" … Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
For virtually every area of public policy there is a globalist proposal, consistent with the overall objective of reducing individual nation-state autonomy, particularly that of the United States? United Nations
How do you deal with these countries which have happily signed all these treaties and are just as happily violating them…. They have signed solemn treaties agreeing not to do what they are doing. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I don’t do carrots. United Nations
I made a cold calculation that I wasn’t going to waste time on a futile struggle. Military & Veterans
If I were remaking the United Nations there would only be one permanent representative—the United States because that’s the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world. United Nations
If the United Nations Headquarters building lost 10 stories, no one would miss them. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our interests and our preferences may or may not be the same thing at the same time …. The unswerving pursuit of preferences over interests may compromise the advancement and protection of both. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The UN is a great rusting hulk of a bureaucratic superstructure. United Nations
We find an organization that is deeply troubled by bad management, by sex and corruption and by a growing lack of confidence in its ability to carry out missions that are given to them. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When you have a regime that would be happier in the afterlife than in this life, this is not a regime that is subject to classic theories of deterrence. Life ;Religion & God
A lot of people have said to me, 'That's a great idea, running for president. You'll get booked for more speeches. You can write a book.'
Diplomacy is not an end in itself if it does not advance U.S. interests.
Don't get me wrong: I would love to be president. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Every country has an aspect to it that rubs up people the wrong way.
Everybody pursues their national interests. The only one who gets blamed for it is the United States.
I am all in favour of democracy in Iraq.
I am not a neoconservative.
I am not a professional politician.
I am pro-American.
I don't do carrots.
I don't much believe in bumper sticker characterizations of foreign policy.
I don't think Hamas will be satisfied simply ruling the Gaza Strip.
I don't think I would have to run a campaign that's financed like General Motors.
I don't think there is any good answer to the question why shouldn't gays and lesbians who want to serve their country be allowed to do it.
I have decided not to run for president.
I haven't given up on the possibility that sweet reason will prevail.
I think some of this fascination with the 'Arab Spring' is just a grand experiment with Israel's survival.
I think that Ronald Reagan had it right, being against abortion except in certain limited, defined circumstances.
I think that, especially among conservatives, there's a clear understanding that there are three legs to the conservative stool. There are the free-market economics conservatives, the social conservatives, and the national-security conservatives.
I think the International Criminal Court could be a threat to American security interests, because the prosecutor of the court has enormous discretion in going after war crimes. And the way the Statute of Rome is written, responsibility for war crimes can be taken all the way up the chain of command. War & Peace
I want to make sure that, not only in the Republican Party but in the body politic as a whole, people are aware of threats that remain to the United States.
I would not run as a one-issue candidate. Anybody who does that is declaring himself to be marginal.
If Iran obtains nuclear weapons, then almost certainly Saudi Arabia will do the same, as will Egypt, Turkey and perhaps others in the region.
I'm a conservative Republican. I have been since I was 15 years old and participated in the 'Goldwater for President' campaign in 1964.
I'm not running around the world looking for ways to create hostilities.
I'm not sure history has ended. History
I'm obviously aware that people are quite focused on the economy rather than foreign policy issues, but that is something that should and can be altered as people see the nature of the threats around the world that we face. Nature
In the United States, there is a broadly shared view that the U.N. is one of many potential instruments to advance U.S. issues, and we have to decide whether a particular issue is best done through the U.N. or best done through some other mechanism.
It's not natural disasters that are to blame for the deprivation of the North Korean people, but the failed policies of Kim Jong Il.
It's very personal in its politics, very bitter and very negative. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I've been in the government bureaucracy, I've practiced law, I've done a lot of different things. Government
I've been subject to how many security clearance procedures and I must say as irritating as some people may find them I think they are absolutely essential to making sure that people who work in sensitive positions in the national security field in our government are entirely loyal to the United States. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've been surrounded by some of the best economic minds in the country, and hopefully I've absorbed some of that.
I've never attended any Tea Party functions.
Just as the Security Council was largely irrelevant to the great struggle of the last half of the twentieth century - freedom against Communism - so too it is largely on the sidelines in our contemporary struggles against international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Freedom & Liberty
Maybe it's my libertarian philosophy: but being in government is hard. Government
My philosophy is not a bean-counting, accounting 'look at this.' It is a philosophy that smaller government is better government, and government that is closer to the people is best of all. Government
My priority is to give the United States the kind of influence it should have.
Negotiation is not a policy. It's a technique. It's something you use when it's to your advantage, and something that you don't use when it's not to your advantage.
North Korea is going to get away with keeping its nuclear weapons.
Obviously, you make preparations before you engage in any meeting.
People don't like to talk about victory and defeat anymore.
People say you favor assassination, what do you think war is? Except that it's assassination on a much larger scale, a much more horrific scale. War & Peace
Politicians, like generals, have a tendency to fight the last war. War & Peace
Reform is not a one-night stand.
The Nobel Peace Prize has become hopelessly politicized. I think it cheapens the prize itself. War & Peace
The U.N. is one of many competitors in a marketplace of global problem solving.
There is no excuse for waste, fraud, and abuse in the Defense Department budget.
There is no patriotic obligation to help advance the career of a politician who is otherwise pursuing interests that are fundamentally antithetical to your values. That's not the call of patriotism. Citizenship & Patriotism
There is no such thing as the United Nations.
There's no doubt that Iran funds and supplies Hamas with weapons.
There's no religious test under the constitution. That's what it says. Period.
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.
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.
Well, I'm a libertarian conservative, so I believe in limited government/maximum individual freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Well, you could take several stories off the buildings of most U.S. government agencies and we'd all probably be better for it too. Government
You don't need to spend tens of millions of dollars on political consultants to tell you what you think when you already know what you think.
You know, as somebody who writes op-eds and appears on the television, I appreciate as well as anybody that... there is a limit to what that accomplishes.