John Bolton

Accountability begins with transparency.
 
Context
This is a memorable quotation for two reasons. First it is a wonderfully succinct statement of the importance of transparency—a classic good quotation. But in addition, it is pointed to by critics of the Administration of George W. Bush as an example of administration hypocrisy that was so rampant. Boulton was a very outspoken and ideological person in the administration and he wrote this terrific statement applying it to the United Nations—his and the administration’s common target. And it was well pointed as the United Nations had been troubled by cronyism, corruption and an “old boy network”. However at the same time, the Bush administration was the one of the most secretive in American History, in constant battles with the press and the Congress and disregarding all the norms of transparency that had evolved in the 20th century. They even prevented any hearings into the ill-fated Iraq war until the Democrats gained control of the Congress. The complaint of administration critics is that since there was no transparency it was impossible to hold administration officials accountable—just the accusation the administration correctly made of the UN.
John Bolton
John Bolton
  • Born: November 20, 1948
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Statesman

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.