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By appointing corrupt and incompetent cronies to represent the United States, the Bush administration has damaged more than America's reputation, weakening the international organizations the world depends on now more than ever.

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John Bolton, having announced his retirement as U.N. ambassador, didn't get much love Monday, particularly from his colleagues at the United Nations. One Security Council member, speaking anonymously, had this to say about the notoriously cranky diplomat: "People here are not against the United States, but I think the United States lost a lot of things because of Bolton's tactics."

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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.

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