Monday, March 07, 2005

Nomination of Bolton to the U.N.

CNN and Fox ran articles today on the somewhat controversial nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Both had negative and positive things to say but I don’t think you get a complete picture just reading one article. The table below shows excerpts of each article that are unique; i.e., points not mentioned in the other article. You can make your own determination as to which may or may not be better.





* Bolton drew fire from Democrats in 1994 when he said at a Federalist Society forum that at a Federalist Society forum that "there is no such thing as the United Nations." "If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference," he said.

* Several officials from U.N. Security Council member states expressed astonishment that Bush would name someone they believed had a known antipathy toward the United Nations, according to a Reuters report.

* Last month, for instance, in a strongly worded speech in Tokyo, Japan, Bolton lashed out at China before an international audience for not stopping its munitions companies from selling missile technology to Iran and other nations the United States considers rogue states, the AP reported.

* Some Senate Democrats expressed dismay at the president's decision. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called Bolton "a disappointing choice … a long history of being opposed to working cooperatively with other nations," Reid said.

* Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., also voiced his displeasure.
"[Bolton] is responsible as much as any member of the administration for the needless confrontations with the rest of the world and for the international isolation that plagued President Bush's first term. …"


* But one senior council envoy, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, also spoke of the value of Bolton's high standing in the administration. "It's like the Palestinians having to negotiate with [Israeli Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon. If you have a deal, you know you have a deal," he told Reuters.

* A senior Bush administration … intimated, however, that the hard-nosed negotiator could play a critical role if the issue of Iran's nuclear aspirations is referred to the U.N. Security Council.

* Bolton is also credited with coordinating the U.S. position during negotiations with Libya when it gave up its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.

Links to today’s articles:,2933,149633,00.html

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