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Great American Ambassador John Bolton on Foreign Policy Issues
Atlas Shrugs ^ | February 3, 2013 | Pamela Geller

Posted on 02/04/2013 1:16:50 PM PST by Perseverando

I thought you might be interested in seeing this interview with a great American statesman, Ambassador John Bolton, conducted with the Washington Times on foreign policy issues here:

January 25, 2013: John Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, served in several Republican administrations as an Assistant Attorney General, an Undersecretary of State, and as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He discusses here his views on American foreign policy and whether it is driven by idealism or self-interest, the role of foreign aid, the importance of Israel, and the importance of economic globalization.


Joseph F. Cotto: The United States spends a great deal of money on foreign aid programs. In your opinion, are most of these programs cost effective?

Ambassador John Bolton: Foreign aid can certainly contribute to advancing American national interests around the world, but only if it designed and implemented with those interests in mind. Too often, however, we allocate assistance as if we had some abstract obligation to engage in “nation building” or international welfare. Especially in times of great budgetary stringency, we should redirect our assistance away from multilateral programs, such as the World Bank, the regional development banks and the United Nations, toward bilateral programs, both military and economic. We should focus particularly on countries that support our efforts against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and international terrorism.

Cotto: It has been said that a nation should act in its own self-interest when dealing with international crises. Do you believe that American foreign policy today is sufficiently self-interested?

Ambassador Bolton: I think President Obama’s foreign policy rests less on defending American interests and more on his ideological distaste for the projection of American power and values. He is comfortable with a

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: foreignaffairs; foreignpolicy; israel; johnbolton

1 posted on 02/04/2013 1:17:02 PM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

Gads, how I do miss Bolton.

Bolton is to the Hillabeast as Einstein is to the Obamdork.

2 posted on 02/04/2013 1:48:01 PM PST by Da Coyote
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