Bolton likely the answer for U.N.
It may be driving some Senate Democrats and liberal Republicans to the brink of apoplexy, but John Bolton is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
And he just may be the person who can save the corrupt, ineffectual body from extinction and bring it back toward the fulfillment of its charter.
President George W. Bush sidestepped the Senate impasse on Bolton’s confirmation by making the appointment while Congress was in recess.
Under the Constitution, Bolton will be able to serve until a new Congress takes office in January 2007. In that time, he either will prove his critics right and give them ample reason to kick up a fuss and recall him, or – more likely – he will become a driving force in restoring the corrupt, ineffectual body’s integrity and purpose.
Bolton spent nearly five months as the hockey puck in Washington’s constant game of “Gotcha!” Senate liberals were threatening to filibuster his nomination because he was too blunt, abused subordinates and had a fiery temper.
The supposedly abused subordinates they trotted out were either established members of fringe groups or nut cases.
And if the United Nations needs anything, it needs some blunt talk from its more powerful members to get it back on track.
Good for you, President Bush. The United Nations is far too wounded to hurt any more, and Bolton is likely to help.