I must say that it’s a big relief to read that 59 former U.S. envoys are urging Congress to reject John R. Bolton’s nomination to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Anyone who has a passing familiarity with Bolton’s past statements about the U.N. and his attitude towards various treaties should be appalled that he was ever nominated in the first place.
Their criticism primarily dealt with Bolton’s positions as the State Department’s senior arms control official, his current job. They said he had an “exceptional record” of opposing U.S. efforts to improve national security through arms control.
The former diplomats also chided Bolton for his “insistence that the U.N. is valuable only when it directly serves the United States.”
That view, they said, would not help him negotiate with other diplomats at the United Nations.
The ex-diplomats behind the letter include people who have served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. Now we just have to hope that enough people in Congress actually listen to them to make a difference.
It almost seems at times as though the Bush Administration has this running bet with someone to see if they can’t get the absolute worst candidates for a job into office. I thought they would never be able to top John Ashcroft yet they proved me wrong with his replacement and now they’re trying to go even further by putting Bolton up for U.N. Ambassador. What’s next? Are they going to appoint David Duke to head up the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division?