John Bolton Confirmation Dead

September 26, 2006 at 3:35 pm | Posted in American politics, King George, United Nations | 5 Comments

Some good news for realists and those who have hoped for better days for America at the UN and in the world; John Bolton’s confirmation hearings in the Senate are now dead and done. He will not be confirmed as Ambassador to the UN. There are things Bush can do to keep him there, such as appoint him in recess again, but that would mean Mr. Bolton would be a volunteer, rather than get paid. He will, however, go down in history as the only UN Ambassador from the United States to not be confirmed by the Senate. A pretty ignominious position to be in, methinks. What do you all think?


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  1. I agree with what the blogger said in the link you posted,

    For the record, I do believe that John Bolton has strengths as a public servant. Those who have opposed him should in fact know that he has done some good things for this country. I strongly disagree with his international views and his brand of diplomacy, but there are other jobs in the Bush administration that I would support John Bolton for.

    It is time to say that. I hope that Ambassador Bolton, in the next few months, works at trying to leave a legacy that is constructive regarding America’s engagement with the UN.

    So, whodaya think is next up for nomination? Who would you like to see nominated?

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone like David Addington was nominated, some hardball, rather than cave in and give the UN someone with whom the other nations of the world can possibly communicate with the United States on the same level. A man like John Bolton or David Addington have utter disdain for other countries of the world, especially ones that do not agree with America on issues. Maybe I’m too cynical after these past six years.

    I don’t know if I would have a recommendation for who to be the next Ambassador. I just haven’t kept up on the names of likely candidates. I think Bill Clinton would do an excellent job, because he knows how to communicate well—the most important job of a diplomat—and he already is well liked and respected by the rest of the world.

  3. Bill Clinton would do an excellent job, but I think he might be underqualified. Its a bit of a pipe dream (but not impossible due to UN rules), but I agree with several columnists who would like to see Clinton as the UN Secretary General, even though he’s said he’d turn down the job.

  4. Ah yes, I had forgotten about that push to make him the UN Secretary General. Hah, I wonder what conservatives would say then about the UN! šŸ˜‰

  5. John Bolton confirmation has been blocked

    The Blue State

    A cancelled Senate meeting marks the probable end of the effort to confirm John Bolton as the official U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  This is a huge setback for Bush.

    It was embarrassing enough for Bush in 2005 when the…

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