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April 4, 2005
John Bolton Gets Petitions Of Support

John Bolton received public support for his nomination as the American ambassador to the UN, with 64 former defense strategists and arms-control specialists signing an open letter to Senator Richard Lugar. Led by luminaries such as Caspar Weinberger, James Woolsey, and Frank Gaffney, they argue that the 62 Bolton critics who sent a letter opposing his nomination have other motives in mind:

Caspar W. Weinberger, a former secretary of defense, R. James Woolsey, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and 64 other retired arms control specialists and diplomats are lined up in support of John R. Bolton, whose nomination to be the American ambassador to the United Nations has stirred some opposition.

In a letter planned for delivery on Monday to Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Indiana Republican who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, other committee members and Congressional leaders, they said the attack on Mr. Bolton was really an attack on President Bush's policies. ...

Mr. Bolton's supporters said his stance "reflects a clear-eyed necessity of the real limits" of accords with other nations that demand one-sided terms from the United States. The supporters included Max M. Kampelman and Edward L. Rowny, arms control negotiators in the Reagan administration. Their campaign was organized by Frank J. Gaffney Jr., a Pentagon official in the Reagan administration.

Gaffney and his allies have it right. The United Nations has become a cesspool of corruption and incompetence, and the last thing we should do is to send someone who gives the impression that the US will "make nice" with current management. We fund 25% of the UN and it's high time that we start demanding some accountability for that money. Milquetoasts like Madeline Albright and Bill Richardson would instead dance with Kofi Annan (literally, in Albright's case) just to make the world feel slightly less anti-American for a brief moment. In the meantime, UN aid programs would continue to steal money from the mouths of the hungry and stuff it into the pockets of UN bureaucrats and tyrants. UN troops would continue raping and pillaging the people they supposedly are tasked to protect.

The United Nations is a disgrace. The US should not send someone to Turtle Bay that would make the current corrupt and incompetent regime comfortable. We need to make them as uncomfortable as possible. John Bolton will not shrink from that task, and he will demand that any UN-negotiated treaties and sanctions carry verification and substantial penalties for failure. Had the UN not transformed itself into the League of Nations for the past fourteen years and allowed the permanent members of the Security Council to be bought off with Iraqi oil futures, then Bolton's nomination would not be necessary. The UN will get the US ambassador it has plainly earned.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 4, 2005 7:06 AM

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