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Monday, August 01, 2005

It's time to arrest the criminals at the U.N.

President Bush sidestepped the Senate democrats and installed the nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations on Monday, ending a five-month standoff with Democrats who accused Bolton of abusing subordinates and twisting intelligence to fit his conservative ideology. David Gregory from NBC discusses the political repercussions of Bolton's appointment and says that what his critics have called his "undiplomatic" manner may be exactly what the Bush administration wants as it seeks to ruffle feathers at the world body. Fortunately, President Bush is aware that diplomats at the U.N. will be upset with any new ambassador that doesn’t follow the status quo. Currently, the U.N. has turned into a hypocritical organization plagued with scandal, cover-ups, and bribes.

U.S. Senator Jon Kyl today applauded President Bush's appointment of John Bolton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, noting that Senate Democrats' obstructionism left the president no other choice. Well, he is certainly going to alienate Democrats who don’t feel that Bolton has any credibility and who think he is an undiplomatic choice for a diplomatic post at the United Nations. But, it also is clear that the White House factored some of this into their thinking. The president needs a strong figure at the U.N. He’s frankly not much of a fan of the United Nations, nor is Vice President Cheney. The president talked about the need for reform and plans to stick to it, or will withhold 50% of American dues. Senate Democrats' constantly increasing demands to see more paperwork before allowing a vote on Bolton's nomination was a "transparent charade," Kyl added, warning: "The Senate shouldn't get too carried away with our ability to say no, because if we do, the president ultimately has the authority to go around us. Democrats need to understand that their obstructionism has actually weakened the power of the Senate."

The president has not shied away from saying that Bolton is a tough guy. The rap on him from critics is that he is abrasive, even abusive. Bolton has been accused by filibustering democrats of trying to twist intelligence on the Iraq war, and burning too many bridges in his career. But, the president stands behind him and said that he has his complete confidence. In announcing the recess appointment, Bush noted that the US has gone more than six months without a permanent UN ambassador - since the last ambassador, former Sen. John Danforth, resigned. He said the post is "too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about UN reform."


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