Tuesday, March 08, 2005


The Revoltin' John Bolton

In a odd move (even for Bush), Dubya has nominated John Bolton to be ambassador of something that doesn't exist.

Confused? Join the crowd.

Bolton, a "blunt long-time critic of the United Nations" who doesn't believe in international law, and who once said, "There is no such thing as the United Nations," is Bush's choice for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Then again, perhaps Bolton's nomination isn't so surprising. After all, Bush often nominates people to run things they despise. (Think Labor Dept. and EPA.) Looked at that way, it's a short leap to running something that doesn't exist at all.

Here's some more vintage Bolton:
"The (UN) Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference," Bolton said in a 1994 panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Association.
Hmmm, lucky he didn't say that about a different New York edifice. At least, I'm assuming he didn't say it. The World Trade Center did, after all, house its share of those dreaded furiners.

You won't be surprised to hear that Senator Boxer's no Bolton fan. Back in 2001, she cited Bolton's charming "lost 10 stories" quote during the hearings that culminated in Bolton's confirmation as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.

Let's hope that Senator Boxer will lead the charge against Bolton's promotion to U.N. Ambassador ... and that Democratic opposition will be more successful this time around.

Update: I've written a song parody about Bolton's nomination called "Nothin's More Revoltin' Than Dub's Nominee John Bolton," which can be sung to "Carolina In The Morning." It begins
Nothin's more insultin' than a nominee named Bolton to the U....N.
Nothin's more revoltin' than that hawkish man named Bolton at the U....N.
The United Nations ought to be ignored.
That is John's U.N. viewpoint.
He'd shove it out the door...
The rest of my Bolton song parody is here.

It doesn't get any more NeoCon than John Bolton.

Glad to see that President to be Boxer is leading the charge.

Unfourtunately, we as Democrats have to stop being shocked or 'outraged' by what this admin is doing and just fight, the way boxer is.
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