The “entire _NYT_ profile”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/17/world/middleeast/17elbaradei.html?ref=todayspaper of ElBaradei is pretty good, but one part is just outstanding.
The article talks about US efforts to keep ElBaradei from obtaining another term as IAEA DG. Apparently, he didn’t want the job until he heard that J Bolton was trying to oust him:
He said *he had been “99 percent decided” against running until he learned that John R. Bolton,* then Washington’s United Nations ambassador, *was determined to block him.*
Dr. ElBaradei recalled “a sense of revulsion” that such a personal decision should be made “by anybody else.”
*His wife said she had told him, “Mohamed, you run — tomorrow!”*
Excerpts from two _NYT_ interviews with ElBaradei can be found “here”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/17/world/middleeast/elbaradei-aug.html?ref=middleeast and “here.”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/17/world/middleeast/elbaradei-sep.html?ref=middleeast