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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Bolton filibuster

Monday, the Republicans in the Senate again failed in their attempt to close debate and bring to a vote John Bolton's nomination as Ambassador to the UN.

This seems like a good opportunity to include another ridiculous Bolton quote, proving why his nomination is so controversial:
“If I were redoing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member, because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world -- the United States.”
That's from an interview with NPR's Juan Williams, June 6, 2000. How do you think Bolton would deal with the forthcoming discussions about UN Security Council reform?

Bolton would not only reject efforts by Germany, Japan, India and Brazil to gain a permanent seat, he would remove the veto and seat from France, China, Russia and the UK!

President Bush is standing behind Bolton and wants the Senate to bring his nomination to a definitive up-or-down vote (courageous to say in a body controlled by his party, eh?). While Bill Frist was apparently not enthused, he will apparently try again.

However, Bush could appoint Bolton during a congressional recess, allowing him to serve for nearly 18 months (until the end of this Congress).

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