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StaceyAll I have to do...

Is somehow acquire an obscene amount of money, figure out who’s gonna win the election, and throw it all to them, but aim at their associated charities and interest groups and such so the IRS doesn’t notice but the president-to-be-does. Shouldn’t be too hard. Hmm, how to go about acquiring obscene amounts of money…legally… 9 years ago

StaceySmall ranting letter. Don't mind me.

An open letter to Mr. John Bolton, US Ambassador to the United Nations.

Dear Mr. Bolton:

Congratulations are in order. After all, you did just get a new job, and not just any job – one of the highest diplomatic positions our government has to offer. So congratulations. I do believe you deserve to be congratulated, even if I don’t believe you were exactly the best person for the job, and how you got that job makes me a bit uncomfortable.

But that’s not why I’m writing.

I just have one question. It’s a minor detail, really. Trivial stuff.

It’s just this…why did you want that job in the first place?

From what I can tell, and I’ve been following your job search escapade, for most of your career, you haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of the UN. And I guess there’s nothing wrong with that, you’re just as entitled to your own opinion as I am. You seem to be one of those types who looks on the UN with general suspicion and values the sovereignty of a nation above all, which is cool. Like I said, your opinion, and that’s fine. You’re even perfectly entitled to hold the opinion that the UN building has ten floors that serve no more purpose than to collect dust and add more buttons the elevator. Hey, thats what freedom of opinion is all about.

So why did you want to be the ambassador to the UN? It seems pretty clear that you wouldn’t mind a bit if there wasn’t a UN at all. I can’t help but wonder why when the President said “Hey John, how would you like to be the ambassador to the UN?” you didn’t reply “No thanks, George, but I would really like to be the ambassador to Iran, so I could keep an eye on that nuclear program of theirs.” You’ve got nuclear experience, you probably would have enjoyed that. Scare them a bit if they tried to use it, that sort of thing. Or even “Nah, that’s ok, George, I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at prisoner interrogation for the CIA. It looks like a good time.” Or “You know, George, I’m honored, but I’ve really wanted to take a nice long vacation, spend a year deep sea fishing, get in touch with my sensative side, you know?”. I’m sure the President had a ton of job openings up his sleeve that a man with your opinions and qualifications would have been perfectly suited for.

I just don’t get why you want to work at the UN. From what I know of your resume, and the things you’ve said and worked for, the UN seems to just be against your idea of how international politics should work. Your principles of diplomacy and that sort of thing. Your principles, man! To me, it seems like you’re sacrificing your principles to get a kickass job. Granted, that job is awesome, I wouldn’t mind having it myself, but your principles! I mean, those aren’t important to you? That’s what you work for! That’s what defines you! That’s why you work in a field like diplomacy! You don’t like the UN, or at least thats the impression given by statements you’ve made, at least until you were nominated for this post. Doesn’t working there – and not just working there, but working to try and strengthen the institution (and since that’s what the administration and the state department want, I hope to God that’s what you’re actually going to do) – make you a bit uncomfortable? What’s going on, John?

I’m sorry to bug you with such a trivial question as “Why this job?”, but I just don’t get it. Maybe you’ve changed your opinion of the UN. That would be grand, I would be quite pleased with you if you’ve come around and recognized that great things can happen when nations cooperate. But if that’s not the case, then why do you want to work at the UN? It’s probably not the money…is it the power? The prestige? Maybe you can hope for a better job down the road, like the Secretary of State or something? I suppose I can’t fault you too much for being opportunistic; after all, you are a politician and you’ve been in Washington a long time. But still, I have trouble seeing how people in any position can compromise their principles and be at ease with that.

That’s all. I just thought I’d ask.

Good luck in your new job!


Stacey 9 years ago


Ultimate dream job: US ambassador to Vatican City. Hoorah! Or some tropical island nation would be cool too…(if they weren’t all racked by horrible violence and internal chaos…) 9 years ago

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