US President George W Bush has formally appointed John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations, without waiting for approval from the Senate.
Mr Bush said Democrats had forced him to bypass Congress by using "shameful delaying tactics" to prevent a vote.
"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about UN reform," Mr Bush said.
After being sworn in in Washington, Mr Bolton went to New York to start work.
At times a stern critic of the UN, he will serve there until 2007.
To summarize … depending on how you look at it,
Spanner/Cat = Mr Bolton.
The Works/The Pigeons = the UN.
49%/51% = the Mandate.
I’m sure I’m not the first to ask this, but are we REALLY supposed to take a guy with one colour hair and another colour moustache seriously?