March 8, 2005 |
President Bush on Monday nominated State Department official John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, selecting an administration loyalist who has disparaged the world body and clashed with allies over Iran and North Korea policy. Bolton's approval seems assured by the Republican majority in the Senate. But with congressional Democrats ex- pressing dismay over his selection, the confirmation hearing may be rancorous.
April 16, 2005 |
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska signaled Friday that his support for the nomination of John R. Bolton as U.N. ambassador was wavering after new reports that Bolton ordered an intelligence analyst removed from his job. The analyst, a State Department employee who now works on Hagel's Senate staff, is the third intelligence analyst reported to have been threatened or intimidated by Bolton, who has served since 2001 as undersecretary of State for arms control and international security.
April 18, 2005 |
A key Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee suggested Sunday that he might oppose John R. Bolton as U.N. ambassador if more allegations come out about the nominee's character and behavior -- a situation that could result in a tie vote in the committee and endanger President Bush's choice to head the U.S. delegation to the international body. As the committee vote scheduled for Tuesday nears, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.
July 10, 2005 |
As John R. Bolton's nomination to become the next ambassador to the U.N. hangs in limbo, diplomats here say they don't care how a new U.S. envoy gets here, as long as one comes soon. "I know Mr. Bolton, and I know that he is very pushy," said Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, who has dealt with Bolton on nonproliferation issues. "I hope that he can push hard for the U.S. position, especially on U.N. reform, because right now, no one is doing it."
July 28, 2006 |
America's combative U.N. ambassador, John R. Bolton, launched a second campaign to win full Senate approval Thursday, saying he had done his best "to work with others to advance our national interests" during his year at the world body. "I do believe important advances have been made," he said during a 3 1/2 -hour hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
June 27, 2005
Re editorial cartoon, June 23: It's good to see that Michael Ramirez is in tune with the Republican talking points about John Bolton to the effect that Democrats dislike Bolton simply because he's a "mean guy." Let's not forget that Bolton referred to the United Nations as "irrelevant" and may be guilty of manipulating intelligence -- something we would know if the Bush administration released the documentation sought by Congress. Bolton is just one of Bush's many bad choices, and the Democrats (and sane Republicans)
April 6, 2005 |
Five former U.S. secretaries of State urged the Senate to confirm John R. Bolton as United Nations ambassador. Former Secretaries James A. Baker III, Lawrence Eagleburger, Alexander Haig, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz sent the letter to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who plans a hearing on the nomination Thursday.
March 11, 2005
Re "U.N. May Need Bolton's Bitter Medicine," Commentary, March 9: When recently asked to describe the role the U.N. can play in global disarmament, former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix replied that the world body was less a player than a musical instrument in the hands of its member nations. If the members choose to play together in a cohesive fashion for peace and global unity, then the United Nations can serve the world as its founders intended. If his record is any indication, John Bolton will not be a team player.