Thursday, May 12, 2005

Voinovich on Bolton

We are heading into very strange territory. It looks like the Bolton nomination will be allowed to go to the floor without a recommendation from the committee.

Voinovich, who is allowing the floor vote, has issued a memo that basically says Bolton is unfit for the position. Here is the last paragraph:

Lastly, Mr. Chairman, I would like to say this. I have met with Mr. Bolton on two occasions, spent almost two hours with him. I like Mr. Bolton. I think he's a decent man. Our conversations have been candid and cordial. But, Mr. Chairman, I really don't believe he's the best man that we can send to the United Nations.

So he will vote to allow the nomination to go the floor, but he may then vote against the nomination.

Remember, if the Senate approves Bolton, he will be the UN representatve that will try to get approval for some sort of action in Iran. This will obviously be a difficult task, as the US credibility has been hurt by the failure to find WMD in Iraq.


Anonymous Will said...

Bolton: Iran's Actions Threatening U.S. - Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005

A senior U.S. official said Monday he was consulting Arab states in the Persian Gulf to coordinate policies in light of the perceived threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

John Bolton, the State Department's top international security official, said countries in the region were "well aware" of the threat posed by Iran, which maintains its nuclear activities are for peaceful energy purposes.

"Their repeated support for terrorism makes it particularly dangerous if they were to acquire a nuclear weapon," Bolton told reporters.

"Whether they would use it directly as the government of Iran or whether they would transfer it to a terrorist group leaves us very concerned," said Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.
Bolton stressed that the United States advocated a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and dismissed the possibility of nuclear threats from Israel.

"Israel has a particularly close relationship with the United States and I think that more than anything else is what convinces us that there is no threat from use of Israeli nuclear weapons," Bolton said.

5/12/2005 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger truthseeker said...

JINSA John Bolton Connected to AIPAC/Israeli Mossad

5/13/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

At first glance I'd like to say that an ineffective advocate of another Bush war would be a good thing, except we know that we're talking about the psycho Bush administration, which would probably be pleased if the UN failed to co-operate with US dictates, as it just further stokes the fury of the religious right.

5/16/2005 12:34:00 AM  

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