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Bye-Bye Bolton

Posted on Nov 10, 2006

U.N. envoy John Bolton’s recess appointment is unlikely to stand now that the Democrats have taken over Congress.  Although Bush has asked the outgoing Senate to rush through a confirmation, good news is doubtful for the controversial and cantankerous diplomat.


Mr. Bolton’s appointment in August 2005 was a procedural manoeuvre which avoided the need for him to be confirmed until the end of this year.

That procedure cannot be repeated, and the new climate in Congress appears to rule out winning a two-thirds majority of senators.

President Bush has formally asked for Mr. Bolton to be confirmed during the final session of the outgoing Senate.

But the senators who opposed Mr. Bolton last time, including one Republican, are refusing to change their minds.

Lincoln Chaffee, who was defeated by his Democrat rival in Rhode Island this week, said it would be illogical to change his stance at the last minute.

“The American people have spoken out against the president’s agenda on a number of fronts, and presumably one of those fronts is on foreign policy,” Mr. Chaffee said.

“And at this late stage in my term, I’m not going to endorse something the American people have spoken out against.”


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By B, November 11, 2006 at 7:20 am Link to this comment
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Bolton’s appointment was a slap to the face of the international community. I fully believe that was Bush’s intent. To show the U.N. and thereby the world his contempt for the world body.

I was appalled he was even considered. Shouldn’t surprise though considering Bush’s appointments across the board. Lobbyists controlling the organizations that oversee their past employers. Lunatics in his cabinet. Judges that belong on the other side of the bench…at the defendants table.


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By Jon B, November 10, 2006 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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Will you air a piece of dirtiest loundry in front of worldwide audiences aka UN?

Please, dirty loundry must not represent the US of A.

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By Eric, November 10, 2006 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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Correct decision on UN Ambassador Bolton by Senator Lincoln Chaffee.

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By C Quil, November 10, 2006 at 11:46 am Link to this comment
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...and don’t let the doors of the U.N. hit you on the way out.

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By harald hardrada, November 10, 2006 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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muskrats can breathe easier now that bolton won’t be modeling the latest in hair-pieces

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By Tim, November 10, 2006 at 8:51 am Link to this comment
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Maybe John Bolton could become a pop singer and Micahel Bolton could become UN Ambassador.  That way, the “Mr. Bolton” plaque at the UN wouldn’t have to be changed, saving costs.  Besides, John can’t possibly be as bad a singer as he is a diplomat, and vice versa for Michael.

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