USA Today offers this profile of Josh Bolton.
At the State Department, Bolton, 55, is viewed as something of an exotic specimen: a committed, argumentative, conservative ideologue who relishes being blunt. Diplomats traditionally view the world as a place where a web of international organizations and treaties preserve the peace. Bolton sees a more dangerous realm where agreements are unreliable and survival of the fittest rules. He is mistrustful of a treaty-based approach to arms control. He is suspicious of world bodies such as the United Nations. ”The (U.N.) Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference,” he once said.