Thursday, August 04, 2005
For all my trekkie friends . . . although I'm not entirely sure the analogy here is all that apropos.
I was driving to the Park and Ride this morning and listening to NPR, which has been steadily disappointing me lately (Nothing like waking up to Rick Santorum blathering on about how persecuted he is just because he stands for the American Family . . . it's enough to put you off your breakfast) and they were discussing the Bolton appointment. The spokeswoman for Bolton was talking about how she believes his new approach will lead to a new direction of success in the UN . . . and the NPR guy was just kind of eating it up. It bugged me.
I mean, where else but in the bizarro Bush administration would this guy get appointed to anything? Imagine:
MANAGER AT HOT-DOG-ON-A-STICK: Mr. Bolton, why do you want to work at Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick?
BOLTON: I fuckin' hate Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick. In fact, there is no such thing as Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick, only the greater mall collective, which can only be led by the one remaining anchor store, Macys. If 10 Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick franchises across the nation blew up, it wouldn't make any difference.
MANAGER AT HOT-DOG-ON-A-STICK: Ohhhkay. Um, we'll just check your references and get back to you.
BOLTON: The American shopper can no longer be fed the worthless crap that comes from Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick.
MANAGER AT HOT-DOG-ON-A-STICK: Riiight.
Then the district manager would wait until the manager was off his shift and go ahead and hire the sociopath, and Bolton would refuse to wear the dorky outfit and would constantly be trying to sabotage and steal from the Hot-Dog-On-A-Stick.
Seriously, though- this can't be good. In six weeks, the UN is going to be working on sweeping reforms to change the UN supposedly for the better, but in one of the most prominent spots we have a guy whose management style makes the guy from "The Office" look like supervisor of the year by comparison.
My theory (well, not really MY theory, I've seen it elsewhere) is that the Bush administration has no use for the UN and is sending this guy in to gut it, block up any chance for positive reform, and spin the blame to land squarely on the shoulders of the organization, not Bolton.
But what is even scarier is that Bolton could plainly NOT get appointed through the correct channels, and received his new job in a back-door manner that shows the Senate, the voters and the world that no protocol is going to stop Bushie from getting his way. Not cool. Not cool at all.
Posted by Cassie Schoon at 9:34 AM