This deep philosophical disjunction between the prevailing ethos of the United Nations and the fundamental American approach to governance is not something that will change in the foreseeable future.
What, then, does the foregoing analysis mean for the United Nations, and for America’s role within the organization? It means primarily that the rest of the world should have realistic expectations that the United Nations has a limited role to play in international affairs for the foreseeable future.
According to Bolton, the UN can’t become more relevant or effective through reform. And the “philosophical disjunction” is “not something that will change.”
It seems to me — and this will please Move America Forward’s “Get the U.S. Out of the U.N.” crowd — that John Bolton’s disdain for international engagement and the United Nations has been remarkably consistent.
Why expect anything different from him on April 7th?
— Steve Clemons