December 19, 2012 |
The State Department slammed former United Nations envoy John Bolton over his suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falsely claimed a concussion to avoid a potentially embarrassing appearance before Congress to explain the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. In an appearance on Fox News, Bolton said that Clinton's claim that she had fainted because of the flu, hitting her head and suffering a concussion, was what foreign service officers call a “diplomatic illness,” intended to free a diplomat from an unpleasant duty.
January 12, 2012 |
Slowly but surely, Mitt Romney is shoring up his right flank. His campaign announced Thursday that he's been endorsed by John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. Bolton, whose outspoken views on national security earned him fans among conservatives and critics elsewhere, briefly flirted with a presidential bid of his own. He also became strongly identified with the tea party movement as it rose to prominence in 2009 and 2010.
December 8, 2011 |
Republican presidential contenders took a brief respite from canvassing early battleground states Wednesday to come here to court Jewish activists and donors, with Newt Gingrich reveling in his newfound status as a front-runner and Rick Perry trying to clarify his stance on aid to Israel. Gingrich was bathed in applause from the crowd at a forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition. In the morning, he spoke at a gathering of conservative activists in Virginia before appearing at the forum, where he, like the five other candidates in attendance, denounced the Obama administration's Middle East policy.
October 22, 2009
Re "Ditherer in chief," Opinion, Oct. 18 It took President George W. Bush a number of years to put us in the difficult global position we now face. And, of course, as with so many others, John Bolton wants to conveniently blame this entire mess on President Obama by disingenuously asserting that by now the president should have all of his global chess pieces in place. By his logic, Bolton seems to think that the president, in less than one year in office, should fully understand all of the nuances of each world leader he deals with, and in turn, they should acquiesce to any pressure he should want to exert.
December 15, 2007
Re "Bolton calls report on Iran 'quasi-putsch,' " Dec. 9 John Bolton has proved, once again, his unfitness to hold high office by calling the intelligence community's recent report on the Iranian nuclear policy a "quasi-putsch." The report was the result of an extremely thorough investigation that reflects the consensus of all 16 intelligence agencies. Bolton is simply using what psychologists call "projection," where someone projects his own intentions onto others.
November 13, 2006
Re "U.N. envoy confirmation unlikely," Nov. 10 Half a year ago, I was talking with my neighbor about President Bush's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations. He said John Bolton was chosen to develop an exit strategy -- out of the U.N. What my neighbor said sounded like a joke at first. But then it sunk in and I realized it could be true. I wondered: Could this be part of the neocons' master plan to sabotage our relationship with the international organization and justify bailing out of it?