[Patrick Appel]

I enjoyed Brian Urquhart's review of John Bolton's new book, probably more than I would enjoy the book itself:

Bolton is not a neocon. His political passions were ignited in his teens by Barry Goldwater, and he has always been a "libertarian conservative." He thinks that "our emphasis must be more on liberty than democracy... the first being freedom from government, the second being one way to select governments."[1] It is small wonder that he doesn't much like the United Nations, which consists of 192 governments. It says much about the Bush administration that someone with his views could be appointed UN ambassador.

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