John Bolton is a brilliant conservative intellectual, and a terrible writer. His book is so filled with minutia that a reader gets lost. Hidden in the bureaucratic maze of details - are a few thoughtful remarks:
Following all of the interesting snap shots of these personalities, and the endless bureaucratic manuverings, Bolton comes alive on page number 429. On that page the book changes from boring details to an interesting summary of ideas.
First comes and excellent conversation about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which moves on to describe additional and equally evil threats. Bolton's suggestions are fascinating. He (rightly) contends that tiny Israel is isolated and vulnerable amid extremely hostile neighbors, and despite it's size, Israel is the key to the entire middle east. Bolton postulates that:
- If Iran was to erase Israel from the map, the threat to all nations from an politically unstable nuclear Iran would increase exponentially.
- Pakistan is also held together with disintegrating threads. Should there be a coup, assassination, or even a trivial sneeze, Pakistan's nuclear arsenal could easily fall into terrorist hands tomorrow.
- North Korea's nuclear insanity will end only when Dear Leader is toppled and North and South Korea are united.
- China is feels threatened by the American presence in Taiwan and Korea.
- Japan is concerned that should America reduce that presence Japan must replace it with a strong military force of their own.
- The United Nations are anything but united.
Bolton believes the United Nations is terribly flawed and will remain so until voluntary contributions replace assessed contributions.
"If America insisted it would pay only for what works, and that we get what we pay for, we would revolutionize life throughout the U.N. system".
More later. . .