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World to John Bolton: F**k you (and the horse you rode in on)

Baboon howls, gets Cuba on HR Council
We sent a howling baboon* to play diplomat at the UN and he's done exactly what one might expect: he's chewed up the furniture, jumped up and down on the desk and hurled feces at anyone whose shadow crossed his door.

I'm speaking, of course, about UN ambassador John Bolton (pictured, interestingly, here).

The centerpiece of Bolton's "reform" agenda -- hide the children! -- was the new UN Human Rights Council, to replace the old and not-as-hot-as-she-used-to-be Human Rights Commission.

Now, if there's one thing John Bolton and I agree on, it's that the HR Commission was a joke (I also enjoy a good banana).

But the art of diplomacy is largely a thing of the past in the current administration -- especially with John "I don't do carrots" Bolton. So he got his "reforms" through by threatening to cut off UN funding, and by ignoring calls for real reform.

The upshot is that this week the 47 members of the new Council were elected, and, in addition to countries with less than savory HR records -- Pakistan, China, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Russia among them -- one name stood out: Cuba (the U.S. didn't apply).

No doubt, there's been an enormous amount of lobbying to keep Cuba off the Council. Its inclusion must have been a big F-U to Bush's UN-bashing ideologues.

*I mean no offense to baboons, or any other members of family Cercopithecidae.
Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.
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