March 9, 2005


U.N. May Need Bolton's Bitter Medicine (Jacob Heilbrunn, March 9, 2005, LA Times)

President Bush's nomination of neoconservative pit bull John R. Bolton to become ambassador to the United Nations is raising red flags among liberals.

"Bush gives the U.N. the finger," complained the Nation's David Corn. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, signaling a nasty confirmation battle ahead, called the selection of Bolton "a disappointing choice and one that sends all the wrong signals."

Bolton has made no secret of his disdain for the U.N. "There is no such thing as the United Nations," he said as early as 1994. "There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world and that is the United States, when it suits our interest and we can get others to go along."

Despite the rhetoric, it would be foolish to dismiss Bolton, now undersecretary of State, as an obstructionist conservative troglodyte. In fact, there is a rich GOP tradition of appointing critics of the U.N. as ambassadors to that body, a tradition that has proved remarkably effective.

Hard to argue with his point that Democrats are being foolish.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2005 7:40 AM

Why do reporters keep talking about a 'nasty confirmation fight'? Harry Reid can certainly defend internationalism if he wants, but most of America will respond the way they did when Kerry blathered on about alliances. And Reid won't get more than 40 votes against Bolton, presuming Collins, Chafee, Snowe, and Specter vote in favor.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 9, 2005 8:47 AM

Hagel(R-Saudi Arabia) and Chafee(R-Association of Retarded Citizens) can be expected to vote against Bolton, but at least 10 Dems will vote for him.

Posted by: Bart at March 9, 2005 11:28 AM
"Bush gives the U.N. the finger,"

A miniscule down payment on what they really deserve. Go John!!!

Posted by: at March 9, 2005 1:28 PM

If Bush really wanted to stick it to the UN, he would leave the slot open and send some young State Dept. FSO up to NYC as the flak catcher and erand boy.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 9, 2005 3:23 PM

My choice is and always has been Allan Keyes. They deserve each other. But in the alternative, it should be part of the prize package the guy who gets picked last in the NFL draft gets. He does win the proper title for a UN Ambassador, or a UN Secretary General for that matter, Mr. Irrelevant.

Posted by: Bart at March 9, 2005 6:31 PM