Bolton's bullying baggage

Name: John Bolton. Age: 56. Appearance: bespectacled, moustachioed and usually unsmiling. If John Bolton didn't exist, a satirist would have invented him.

6th August, 2005

The irascible lawyer, whom George W Bush last week shunted into position as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations, would figure prominently in any contest to find the world's least diplomatic diplomat. In his previous job, Bolton kept a mock hand grenade on his desk.

The grenade was a gift from colleagues, congratulating him on his fealty to the current president's ideological antecedent, Ronald Reagan. Reports vary as to whether the inscription on...

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