Monday, August 14, 2006
The Problem with John Bolton
In August 2005, President Bush resorted to a recess appointment to overcome obstructionist tactics by Senate Democrats and install John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. A year later, as the end of Bolton's term draws nearer, the Democratic leadership is already entertaining thoughts of denying him a fair, up-or-down vote yet again.
Despite repeated assertions that he is rude to subordinates or that his confrontational style is unbecoming to a diplomat, it would appear to many that Bolton's unforgivable sin in international politics is his unwaivering commitment to U.S. national interests.
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) recently lamented that many ambassadors at the U.N. think Bolton hasn't done a good job there because he has "polarized the situation." In other words, he has dared to disagree with them on substantive international issues and has not been shy about criticizing their frequent displays of incompetence................
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