Thursday, May 12, 2005

Bolton Nomination: Yes, BUT!

By agreeing to let John Bolton's nomination slide into the Senate to face a full vote, Republican Senator Voinovich probably just made a bad situation worse for a beleaguered nominee and for President Bush, who's plummeting ratings will surely go even lower as the debate grows even more intense. Demonstrating why Bolton was such poor choice, Voinovich laid all the blame on Bush's doorstep for selecting such a controversial and inappropriate nominee.
Voinovich called Bolton "the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be." He said Bolton would be fired if he was in the private sector.

"That being said, Mr. Chairman, I am not so arrogant to think that I should impose my judgment and perspective of the U.S. position in the world community on the rest of my colleagues," he added.

Voinovich told reporters he would vote against Bolton in the full Senate. Will Bolton win eventual confirmation? "I have every faith in my colleagues. No one really is excited about him. We'll see what happens," he said.

He said he hoped the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 55-45 majority, would reject the nomination.

"What message are we sending to the world community?" Voinovich asked.

Read Full Article: Panel Sends Bolton Nomination to Senate

1 Comments:

Blogger IFK Editor said...

Here's the latest statement from John Kerry on today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on the appointment of John R. Bolton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:

"After learning more about John Bolton's record over the past two months, it's even more clear that he lacks the leadership, diplomatic skills and credibility to advance America's interests at the United Nations.

"We've suffered the tragic consequences of intelligence failures, and one of the casualties has been the credibility needed to bring allies to our side. Why would we ever choose as our next U.N. Ambassador a man who even senior Bush administration officials believe stretches intelligence to fit his ideological views? Mr. Bolton wasn't forthcoming or candid during his earlier confirmation hearing. Since then his evasive responses to questions and the administration's repeated refusal to turn over all the requested information make it clear they won't give Americans the full picture of his record. This is not a record that merits promotion to Ambassador to the United Nations."

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