Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Dolt-on Torpedo Fired at the UN While Senate Shield Is Down

Bypassing Senate, Bush Appoints John Bolton to Be UN Ambassador

President Bush has bypassed the Senate and appointed John Bolton to be his ambassador to the United Nations. With the recess appointment, Bolton will serve at the United Nations until January 2007. For five months, Senate Democrats have blocked Bolton's appointment. He was accused of abusing his power at the State Department and manipulating intelligence data to support his views. Last week it was revealed that Bolton had inaccurately told Congress he had not been interviewed or testified in any investigation over the past five years. In fact, Bolton was interviewed by the State Department inspector general as part of a joint investigation with the Central Intelligence Agency related to alleged Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger. Bolton has also been a fierce critic of the United Nations. On Monday President Bush praised Bolton. "I chose John because of his vast experience in foreign policy, his integrity and his willingness to confront difficult problems head on," said Bush. Democrats widely criticized Bush for giving Bolton a recess appointment. Senator Edward Kennedy said: "It's a devious manoeuvre that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate and only further darkens the cloud over Mr Bolton's credibility at the UN." In June, one of Bolton's Republican supporters -- Sen. Pat Roberts said a recess appointment "would weaken not only Mr. Bolton but also the United States."

4 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

What's that thing someone said about using the organs of the state to overthrow the state...?

Never has a UN Ambassador -- a position Bush now finds terribly important, even though he demoted it from principal cabinet level -- been sent without Senate approval.

It was so horrible of the Democrats (and some Republicans) to ask for all documents related to Bolton, and it was just pure partisanship to grow wary when it was proven that Bolton had lied to Congress about being questioned about the outing of a CIA agent.

I mean, the executive privilige to keep relevant documents from the Senate and to expand a recess appointment to unprecedented levels surely outweighs the Senate's Constitutional injunction to "advise and consent." I know -- I'm so old-fashioned!

Horrible.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 1:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dig this.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 1:46:00 PM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Bush has made efforts each and every time to come up with some way in which the rules of law do not apply to him or his administration.

And, as I thought, we have not heard much about the Karl Rove story. What a surprise!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 3:02:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Knocked off the front pages by the London bombings.

One outrage follows another, but perhaps it will catch up with them.

No mention of the DSMs, either, as per the other posting of yesterday...pathetic.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 3:10:00 PM  

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