Thursday, May 12, 2005

Will Bolton be confirmed? II
It's certainly starting to look more likely—and like perhaps David Brooks has an inside source on the Foreign Relations Committee. CNN.com is reporting that:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send John Bolton's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to the Senate for a vote, despite stinging criticism from a key Republican on the panel.

Members of the committee, which has a Republican majority, voted 10-8 to send the nomination to the full Senate, but without a recommendation.
They have the option to send a candidate with a positive recommendation, a negative recommendation, or no recommendation at all as they have done.

So, some may wonder why I want Bolton confirmed. Senator George Voinovich summed it up for me in his reason for denying a positive recommendation. Voinovich said:"It is my opinion that John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be."

Now, aside from the fact that the colloquialism is "poster child for," not "poster child of," Voinivich has a point. Bolton is absolutely not what you'd expect to find in a successful, well-known diplomat at Foggy Bottom. And you know, sometimes it takes an outsider to point out the failings of an organization. Diplomats are too often valued for their willingness to compromise to keep other nations happy. Sometimes we need to act in our best interest, and Bolton is just the guy to push our side of things when it needs to be pushed.

1 comment:

Richard said...

I would guess that you still feel like you are an outsider, and you think the UN is inherenly "wrong." So you want Bolton to go to the UN, represent you, and cut the Gordian knot with his blunt "outsideness."

Never happen.

The US will NEVER be a true outsider at the UN. It is our creation. But it is also a liberal creation, one in which the various participants have real input to the decisions and actions that come out of the body. It is inherently non-hierarchical.

Right-wingers object to this because they expect a hierarchy with a single man at the top to control the organization. This is just a basic value difference between liberals and right-wingers.

The blunt, tough-talking outsider can have an influence on a hierarchy. He will simply be ignored in a liberal-designed assembly with real input by the members.

I agree that Bolton will become UN ambassador. If he acts there to everyone as the suck-up he is to superiors, then he may succeed in getting something done (assuming the White House gives him anything to get done.)But he will not give any satisfaction to those who sent him or those, like you, who want him to kick ass and take names.

If he goes to the UN and treats the members there like he does his underlings, then he will make the headlines you are looking for, and fail to accomplish anything except run off potential allies.

Bolton makes me glad that I am not a Republican.