Sunday, September 11, 2005

I'll take "Unforeseeable Events" for $200

The US Ambassador to the UN who isn't being very diplomatic and is already getting in the way of progress?
Mr Bolton has thrown the reform negotiations into disarray by demanding a catalogue of late changes to a 40-page draft document which is due to go before the summit in New York on Wednesday.


The British government, in a rare divergence from the US, is fully behind Mr Annan's reforms and fears the summit will fail to build on the agreements on aid reached at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.


The summit document is due to be unveiled next Friday. Proposals include:
  • meeting the millennium development goals that would halve poverty by 2015 and make sure everyone has access to primary education;
  • setting up a peace-building commission to help with post-conflict reconstruction; creating a human rights council;
  • introducing a responsibility to protect citizens from genocide, much tougher than existing international obligations;
  • imposing curbs on the arms trade;
  • reforming the UN bureaucracy, particularly after the oil-for-food scandal;
  • defining "terrorism".
Tough one, I know. . . "Who is John Bolton?" is the correct response, and rumor has it he already has negotiations on the verge of collapse. While other countries have objected to some of the components of the package, the US is the leading opponent. Lest we think Mr.Bolton incapable of any compromise, it should be noted that he did back down from his objection to the term "millenium development goals".

If you needed something easier, try this one: The unqualified and inept Bush Administration Official that sent the following email after being relieved of his command
"I don't mind the negative press (well, actually, I do, but I try to ignore it) but it is really wearing out the family," Brown wrote. "No wonder people don't go into public service. This country is devouring itself, the 24-hour news cycle is numbing our ability to think for ourselves,"
Correct response: "Who is Michael Brown?" (something you can't really find an accurate answer to if you're reviewing his résumé)

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