There are some things that really get to John Bolton. As we see here, you don't ever criticize FOX News or Rush Limbaugh. Bolton simply can't have that.
BOLTON: I spoke to the secretary-general this morning. I said I've known you since 1989. And I'm telling you this is the worst mistake by a senior U.N. official that I have seen in that entire time.
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MARK MALLOCH BROWN, DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL, U.N.: That is not well known or understood back home, in part because much of the public discourse that reaches the U.S. heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and FOX News.
JOHN BOLTON, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: This is a very, very grave mistake by the deputy secretary-general.
MARK MALLOCH BROWN, DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL, U.N.: For the life of me, I can't understand how that can be construed as an anti-American speech.
ROTH: Malloch Brown says it's time for some truths to be told, though. Behind all of this, Wolf, deep frustration at the U.N. that the United States privately uses the organization when it wants to but doesn't make the case to the American people that the U.N. is a valuable ally. Bolton insists Malloch Brown has no business as an international civil servant commenting on middle America.
BLITZER: You've focused, and you've read that whole speech, I assume, that Malloch Brown delivered. Give us the perspective. Was it in context, that one clip that we heard? What was the thrust of his message that Kofi Annan agrees with?
ROTH: He definitely wasn't criticizing the United States all the time. He was praiseworthy of Secretary Rice and other administrations. He's just saying show your love. You want the world to be a better and safer place. Help the United Nations.
Also, Malloch Brown is quite upset with other countries because all of the sides are fighting there. He says the place is in crisis. It needs fixing. And -- but Annan only has a few months left. And it's probable that Malloch Brown and Annan, and maybe even Bolton, because of his recess appointment, will all be gone from the scene by January or February.