March 7, 2005

AN UNDODGED BULLET:

Bolton Tapped to Be Next U.N. Ambassador (BARRY SCHWEID, March 7, 2005, AP)

Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, an outspoken arms control expert who rarely muffles his views in diplomatic nuance, is President Bush's choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made the announcement Monday with Bolton at her side.

"The president and I have asked John to do this work because he knows how to get things done," Rice said at a State Department news conference. "He is a tough-minded diplomat, he has a strong record of success, and he has a proven track record of effective multilateralism."


So much for all the crowing from certain corners when Ms Rice not taking Mr. Bolton for her time deputy supposedly signaled the fall of the neocons.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2005 12:00 PM
Comments

Good choice! First he P.O.'d the Norks and now he can do the rest of the world at the UN and NATO. Hopefully they'll ask us to leave both organizations and to pull our forces out of the EU.

Posted by: Genecis at March 7, 2005 2:36 PM

Based on the recent events in the Middle East and elsewhere, this ought to make the nomination hearings a veritable fountain of inanities from the Democratic senators trying to find a dark spot in the current U.S. foreign policy and a bright spot in the current U.N. operations.

Posted by: John at March 7, 2005 2:58 PM

Are the Democrats going to decide to piss off Jewish contributors by criticizing the Iraq war and especially its aftermath which appears to have ended all serious threats to Israel for the foreseeable future? Are they going to continue to upset most Americans by ragging on the military?

This could be a valuable put-up-or-shut-up time for the Democrats.

Posted by: Bart at March 7, 2005 4:03 PM

Bart--

Are the Democrats going to decide to piss off Jewish contributors by criticizing the Iraq war and especially its aftermath which appears to have ended all serious threats to Israel for the foreseeable future?

Do you think American Jews are going to credit Bush for something like that? Judging by the last couple of holidays I've been to, HELL NO.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at March 7, 2005 4:44 PM

There is an important distinction between Jewish voters and Jewish contributors. In the last election cycle, Jewish contributions were split between the parties roughly 50-50, a cursory look at things like Team 100 membership will show this. Much of the concern about Dean among Democrats was arresting this concern. I will not even go into the changing demographics among Jews which accelerate these trends.

Labor is dead. The South is lost to the Dems. Big business only pays off people who have power and the GOP controls both the Congress and the White House and will for the foreseeable future. Jewish money is trending GOP.

Sure the Dems get money from Hollywood, gays and trial lawyers, but if tort reform comes through, the trial lawyers will lose their gravy train next.

Posted by: Bart at March 7, 2005 5:05 PM

NPR was doing a job on Bolton as I driving home tonight. Terrible diplomat...yada.. yada.

Like Genecis, above, said I don't see what downside there is for us to continue to p*ss off the Europeans and perhaps if (i pray) we did decide to split up the UN, Bolton is just the guy to orchestrate it. (Granted that scenario is unlikely)

Posted by: h-man at March 7, 2005 6:22 PM

oj's new pet project, Hil, voted against him as undersecretary in 2001. Would be easy (and predictable) for her to flip on this.

Posted by: Moe from NC at March 7, 2005 7:37 PM
« FIRST THEY'LL FAIL IN HONG KONG: | Main | WHICH SECTION DOES THE EDITOR WANT US TO IGNORE?: »