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John Bolton,

former state department official, was nominated by President Bush to become U.S. ambassador to the UN. His April confirmation hearings were rocky and contentious, with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee accusing Bolton of abusing his authority and berating subordinates who did not agree with his views on intelligence. Bolton has been an outspoken critic of the UN, once going as far as saying, “If the UN secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference” and “there is no such thing as the United Nations.” President Bush installed Bolton without Senate approval during August's congressional recess. Bolton immediately made waves at the UN, proposing 800 changes to the millennium development goals, a document that outlines ambitious aid packages to the developing world.


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