March 8, 2005


Tough Love or Tough Luck? (Susan E. Rice, March 8, 2005, Washington Post)

President Bush has shocked even his most cynical critics by nominating the combative neoconservative John Bolton to one of our most complex and sensitive diplomatic posts: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton served the past four years as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, though then-Secretary of State Colin Powell initially resisted his appointment.

Powell's successor, Condoleezza Rice, who passed over Bolton for deputy secretary despite strong support for him from Vice President Cheney, put on a brave face yesterday in announcing his appointment to the United Nations. She stressed the administration's commitment to U.N. reform and praised Bolton as a friend of the United Nations who helped repeal the noxious General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism. But as Rice must know, keeping Bolton off her team at State may prove a Pyrrhic victory, if he takes his notoriously abrasive style to New York.

The job of U.N. ambassador is always important and delicate, but arguably never more so than now. The United Nations is facing unprecedented, justified criticism for its role in the oil-for-food scandal and its failure to prevent peacekeepers from sexually exploiting civilians in Congo.

Yeah, couldn't he find someone who supports those things?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2005 2:29 PM

Thank God Kerry lost. This "expert" would have been NSC advisor and Joe Biden (see previous post) could have been Secretary of State. Shudder!

Posted by: Bob at March 8, 2005 3:26 PM

Bolton's Jewish?

Who knew?

Posted by: Sandy P at March 8, 2005 3:48 PM

How in blazes does Rice know that the Secretary of State did not want Bolton at the UN? Does anyone believe the Secretary told her? This is what passes for reporting at the Post. Gossip.

Posted by: Luciferous at March 8, 2005 4:28 PM

There was a giddyness among the neocon demonizers when Bolton was seemingly iced out at the Department of State after the election, which probably is one of the reasons why this appointment was so shocking to those same people. Their pipeline into the inner workings of the Bush Administrationt through the DoS failed them, nevermind that their likely DoS sources were careerists still lamenting the loss of serving in a Gore Administration, where we would have been liked overseas.

Still it is amanzing to see the Post's Ms. Rice make the U.N. scandals sound like the equivalent of "results-based math" where 2+2 can equal 5 and deserving of a hug instead of a failing grade, since the child tried hard and needs to have their self-esteem boosted.

Posted by: John at March 8, 2005 6:29 PM

sounds like this reporter has the u.n.'s interests at heart, and not the u.s.'s interests. typical.

Posted by: cjm at March 8, 2005 7:20 PM

At the UN, John Bolton will go along to get along.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at March 8, 2005 11:32 PM

well, she didn't have to choose between Hari Kari or Carry Kerry ... or did she ???

Posted by: rudy at March 9, 2005 1:16 AM

well, she didn't have to choose between Hari Kari or Carry Kerry ... or did she ???

sorry if this is a second post ... some of the bolg hosts seem to have forgotten why they exist in the first place.

Posted by: rudy at March 9, 2005 1:18 AM