Monday, March 14, 2005

Hey, at least it's not Michael
The nomination of John Bolton to be the Bush Administration's UN Ambassador has caused such an uproar on the left that one might think he had actually nominated the pop "star." The Weekly Standard, however, offers a different perspective on the issue, titled"I Don't Do Carrots" after a rather prescient quote Bolton made regarding North Korea. It's quotes like that which have the left in a tizzy, but the column also points to some other things he's said, for example: "Some Americans simply want to withdraw from the United Nations, believing that it can never really be fixed. I understand the frustrations and disappointments that lead to that view, even though I disagree with it. We should tell the world community instead, 'Let's make one last effort to put things right in the U.N. And make no mistake, our patience is not unlimited.'"

I think Bolton is a great choice (not surprisingly), and I look forward to his efforts to give the UN some teeth to follow through on its expectations for a better world, instead of marginalizing itself as a mild annoyance to world leaders who throw sand at the other children.

UPDATE [3/14/2005 - 16:38]: Robert Novak has more to add over at RCP: "What makes Bolton so unpopular with the Foreign Service is that he agrees with his diplomatic mentor, James A. Baker III, that the secretary of state ought to represent the president in the State Department rather than represent the State Department in the White House."

That just brings us back to Rumsfeld's Rules, which suggest, among other things:

"In the execution of presidential decisions work to be true to his views, in fact and tone.

Know that the immediate staff and others in the administration will assume that your manner, tone and tempo reflect the president's.

When asked for your views, by the press or others, remember that what they really want to know is the president's views.

If in doubt, move decisions up to the president.

When you raise issues with the president, try to come away with both that decision and also a precedent. Pose issues so as to evoke broader policy guidance. This can help to answer a range of similar issues likely to arise later."
Bolton seems to fit into this White House's agenda very nicely, which is part of why the left is able to misrepresent him the same why they misrepresent Bush.


Gothamimage said...

Mark Shield brought up Bolton's biggest vulnerability- the chicken hawk issue- it's so hard to take a guy like him, who avoided service, when you read that he keeps a grenade on his desk. Serious soldiers , as you can imagine, regard chickenhawks with derision.

After Shield brought this up- Dave Brooks, his debate collegue, scrunched up his sock-eating grin- you can tell how uncomfortable and insecure he felt

Irina Tsukerman said...

Not necessarily. Many "serious soldiers", if you ask them, actually support Bush and his decisions, even if they disagree on certain points.