25 July 2006

John Bolton, the undiplomatic diplomat

Last year, George W. Bush bypassed the Senate and appointed John Bolton to his current position as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

This Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will finally hold confirmation hearings. This should be interesting. [Read story.]

Bolton has a reputation as a hotheaded bully with no interest in, nor respect for, international cooperation.

The UN is a diplomatic organization. Our ambassador should be a diplomat, not a bully. John Bolton has repeatedly berated the UN and discounted its role in the world. Appointing John Bolton to be our UN ambassador is like appointing David Duke to the Board of the NAACP, or appointing Pastor Fred Phelps to be ambassador to the gay community.

A Bolton confirmation will only further erode our nation's reputation in the eyes of the world.

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