Sunday, July 31, 2005

True, Bolton May Be Best-Suited To Represent The Bush White House

Dodd: Bolton Lacks Support for U.N. Post

WASHINGTON - Anticipating President Bush soon will appoint John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, a leading Democrat said Sunday that Bolton would go without the confidence of Congress.

'He's damaged goods. This is a person who lacks credibility,' said Sen. Christopher Dodd, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said Bush should think again before using a recess appointment to place Bolton at the
United Nations while the Senate is on its traditional August break.


"If the president recess appoints John Bolton, I can understand why because he's been waiting a long time to get the person that he believes is the best to represent his administration at the U.N," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.


The administration has promoted Bolton for a hard-nosed style that officials believe will help push reform in the United Nations.

Opponents say his criticism of the world organization and reports that he has abused underlings and sought to punish those who disagreed with him render him unfit for the position.

Bolton was also the administration's point man at the State Department leading efforts to distort and cover up the truth about what was known about WMDs, as well as efforts to remove Mohamed ElBaradei as head of the IAEA. These alone ought to disqualify him from U.N. ambassadorship, even had he treated his underlings as royalty, welcomed the contributions of those with whom he disagreed, and expressed admiration for the work of the U.N.


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