Still not fully recovered from a difficult pregnancy, on January 25, 1988, Joan Bernott, a 10-year Justice Department veteran, had requested an extended leave at her doctor’s urging. Bolton not only denied it, but threatened Bernott with dismissal and legal action. “He hasn’t just denied my request for leave, he has issued reprisals against me, accused me of fraud, asked me to sign waivers of confidentiality of all my medical records,” Bernott told The New York Times, adding that Bolton “has demanded that my physicians answer 27 questionsâ€”probing details of their opinion and my medical condition” in addition to nixing her next assignment.
In 2003, John R. Bolton, President Bush’s choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ordered a young official working closely with then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell removed from duties in the State Department’s nonproliferation bureau in what U.S. officials described as a third attempt by Bolton to purge career officials he perceived as impeding his policy goals.
The officials, who would discuss the incident only on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it, said Rexon Ryu, an expert on nonproliferation issues in the Middle East, was transferred to another bureau after he failed to produce a document requested by Bolton’s chief of staff.
Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security for the past four years, reportedly accused Ryu of concealing the information and of insubordination. One of the officials recalled Bolton saying that he had a file on Ryu and did not want him to work on issues he was involved in.
John Wolf, Ryu’s former boss, said that Ryu was a brilliant and dedicated civil servant, and that the allegations were found to be baseless.
…eventually Bolton was given what he bullied people into and this is what he said:
Saddam Husseinâ€™s Iraq had a robust program to develop all types of weapons of mass destruction â€“ nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, and the capability to deliver them. CIA determined in its recent Unclassified Report to Congress on the Acquisition of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Conventional Weapons that Iraq continued its efforts to develop a nuclear bomb, and could have produced one within one year if it had been able to acquire weapons-grade fissile material abroad. CIA also determined that Iraq had biological weapons (BW) and chemical weapons (CW) programs. UNMOVIC concurred with this assessment and maintained that Iraq had not been forthcoming about its weapons programs and retained the ability for large-scale production of BW and CW weapons. UNMOVIC concluded that Iraq did not destroy about 10,000 liters of anthrax. UNMOVIC also reported that Iraq never accounted for an estimated 6,000 missing CW munitions. Although we have not yet found Iraqâ€™s cache of CW weapons, the plethora of chemical weapons suits we have found indicated that these weapons must have been there â€“ and in abundance. But more important, we have put an end to Saddamâ€™s capacity to produce and reacquire these weapons. That capability â€“ the potential Saddam had to restock his chemical, biological or nuclear weapons caches using his army of trained scientists â€“ coupled with Saddamâ€™s demonstrated willingness to use these weapons posed a real threat to the civilized world.
The clearest example of Iraqâ€™s WMD program we have found so far has been the mobile BW laboratories. CIA and DIA recently released an unclassified white paper on the labs that explained why biological weapons production was the only logical use of these labs. The CIA/DIA case is compelling and carefully deals with alternate uses and the cover stories Iraq devised to prevent UN inspectors from discerning the actual purpose of the mobile labs. As you know, the mobile BW labs were one of the examples of Iraqâ€™s WMD programs that Secretary Powell described in his speech to the UN Security Council.
…and we all know how wrong that was.
So let’s make that a big fucking arrogant lying prick.