GOP supports Bolton threat (Stephen Dinan, December 8, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Congressional Republicans said they support Ambassador John R. Bolton’s threat to block the U.N. budget unless it adopts reforms, and they are ready to back him up if changes aren’t made.

“Whatever it takes,” said Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican. “We desperately need to reform that body.” […]

Should Mr. Bolton be foiled, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, will see what Congress can do to give Mr. Bolton extra tools to force reform, said Frist spokeswoman Amy Call.

“As Frist understands it, Bolton is not trying to shut the U.N. down, but simply spur it into action so that it can be a more effective institution,” she said. “If the U.N. doesn’t take action, we anticipate the Congress will increasingly involve itself in this issue as well.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, but if it doesn’t serve our interests why have it?

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