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March 18, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- John R. Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, accused President Obama on Friday of failing to address threats to U.S. national security and called the administration's approach to the crisis in Libya "pathetic. " Hours after the president warned that the United Nations was ready to launch a military strike to defend the Libyan people if their leader Moammar Kadafi did not halt his attacks on civilians and pull back from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and three other cities, Bolton cast the president as indecisive, inconsistent and uninterested in foreign policy.
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March 18, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- John R. Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, accused President Obama on Friday of failing to address threats to U.S. national security and called the administration's approach to the crisis in Libya "pathetic. " Hours after the president warned that the United Nations was ready to launch a military strike to defend the Libyan people if their leader Moammar Kadafi did not halt his attacks on civilians and pull back from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and three other cities, Bolton cast the president as indecisive, inconsistent and uninterested in foreign policy.
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NATIONAL
July 28, 2006 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
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.
OPINION
June 30, 2009
Re "Street smart," Opinion, June 26, and "The mullahs must go," Opinion, June 26 I was both surprised and encouraged by The Times' decision to print two articles, one by Natan Sharansky and the other by John R. Bolton, that were both in favor of President Obama taking a strong stand against the oppressive government of Iran. The sophistic usual procedure would have been to have one article advocating a strong stand and the other cautionary, based on negotiating with the Iranian regime.
OPINION
December 9, 2006
Re "Bolton resigns from U.N. post," Dec. 5 Anyone who thinks that there will be little effect on our public policy with the election of the new Democratic Congress only needs to look at the resignation of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. The Republican Congress would have followed along and confirmed him to stay in the job, where he would have continued to serve as the American face in diplomatic circles when in fact a change was needed to help repair America's image.
OPINION
July 28, 2006
Re "Sledgehammer diplomacy," editorial, July 27 Your principled and just stance against the confirmation of John R. Bolton as United Nations ambassador is marred by your usual pretzel logic. You state that Bolton should not be rejected as a result of a filibuster. If this time-honored Senate tradition is the only means to remove Bolton, then that is exactly the way to go. Why doesn't your editorial wax indignant over the "fundamentally unfair and undemocratic instrument" of the recess appointment?
OPINION
June 30, 2009
Re "Street smart," Opinion, June 26, and "The mullahs must go," Opinion, June 26 I was both surprised and encouraged by The Times' decision to print two articles, one by Natan Sharansky and the other by John R. Bolton, that were both in favor of President Obama taking a strong stand against the oppressive government of Iran. The sophistic usual procedure would have been to have one article advocating a strong stand and the other cautionary, based on negotiating with the Iranian regime.
OPINION
June 10, 2008
Re "Obama the naive," Opinion, June 5 I understand John R. Bolton's desire to paint Barack Obama as a naif by taking his comments out of context and reorienting them in new and fearful ways. That's just conservative politicking as usual. But to portray Obama as somehow unconcerned about our allies abroad is ridiculous. Obama has more relatives living around the world than perhaps any politician in U.S. history. His understanding of international affairs is grounded in his awareness that there are real people living in the "pariah states."
OPINION
August 1, 2008
Re "One world? He's on a different planet," Opinion, July 26 It is hard to deny John R. Bolton's assertion that Barack Obama's Berlin speech was littered with naive and overly idealistic statements. That said, it seems ironic that Bolton -- with his Bush administration, neoconservative mentality of good versus evil and freedom versus totalitarianism -- would claim that Obama still has "a lot to learn about both foreign policy and the views of the American people." The neocon foreign policy has been tried and tested.
OPINION
March 9, 2005 | Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is an editorial writer at The Times.
President Bush's nomination of neoconservative pit bull John R. Bolton to become ambassador to the United Nations is raising red flags among liberals. "Bush gives the U.N. the finger," complained the Nation's David Corn. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, signaling a nasty confirmation battle ahead, called the selection of Bolton "a disappointing choice and one that sends all the wrong signals." Bolton has made no secret of his disdain for the U.N.
OPINION
August 1, 2008
Re "One world? He's on a different planet," Opinion, July 26 It is hard to deny John R. Bolton's assertion that Barack Obama's Berlin speech was littered with naive and overly idealistic statements. That said, it seems ironic that Bolton -- with his Bush administration, neoconservative mentality of good versus evil and freedom versus totalitarianism -- would claim that Obama still has "a lot to learn about both foreign policy and the views of the American people." The neocon foreign policy has been tried and tested.
OPINION
June 10, 2008
Re "Obama the naive," Opinion, June 5 I understand John R. Bolton's desire to paint Barack Obama as a naif by taking his comments out of context and reorienting them in new and fearful ways. That's just conservative politicking as usual. But to portray Obama as somehow unconcerned about our allies abroad is ridiculous. Obama has more relatives living around the world than perhaps any politician in U.S. history. His understanding of international affairs is grounded in his awareness that there are real people living in the "pariah states."
OPINION
December 9, 2006
Re "Bolton resigns from U.N. post," Dec. 5 Anyone who thinks that there will be little effect on our public policy with the election of the new Democratic Congress only needs to look at the resignation of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations. The Republican Congress would have followed along and confirmed him to stay in the job, where he would have continued to serve as the American face in diplomatic circles when in fact a change was needed to help repair America's image.
OPINION
July 28, 2006
Re "Sledgehammer diplomacy," editorial, July 27 Your principled and just stance against the confirmation of John R. Bolton as United Nations ambassador is marred by your usual pretzel logic. You state that Bolton should not be rejected as a result of a filibuster. If this time-honored Senate tradition is the only means to remove Bolton, then that is exactly the way to go. Why doesn't your editorial wax indignant over the "fundamentally unfair and undemocratic instrument" of the recess appointment?
NATIONAL
July 28, 2006 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
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.
WORLD
August 27, 2005 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
Faced with a last-minute list of demands from Washington, key nations met in crisis talks here Friday to head off a collapse of a U.N. reform summit of 180 world leaders next month. John R. Bolton, the new U.S. ambassador to the world body, surprised diplomats returning from vacation this week with 750 amendments to the reform document that is supposed to be the focus of the 60th anniversary summit Sept. 14.
NEWS
June 17, 1987 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department, accusing independent counsels of "defiance," excessive spending and "unconscionable delay," said Tuesday it will recommend that President Reagan veto congressional action to renew the law under which such outside prosecutors are appointed. "Nothing is too trivial for these people to investigate," Assistant Atty. Gen. John R. Bolton said at an unusually blunt press conference.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2005 | Mary Curtius and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned Thursday that they may not be prepared to vote on John R. Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador next week, as they previously agreed to do. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, the committee's ranking Democrat, asked for additional documents as part of the panel's investigation of Bolton, and indicated that Democrats might try again to delay Thursday's vote if the information is withheld.
WORLD
July 10, 2005 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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."
NATIONAL
May 6, 2005 | Mary Curtius and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned Thursday that they may not be prepared to vote on John R. Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador next week, as they previously agreed to do. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, the committee's ranking Democrat, asked for additional documents as part of the panel's investigation of Bolton, and indicated that Democrats might try again to delay Thursday's vote if the information is withheld.
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