Monday, August 01, 2005

Reaction to John Bolton's Appointment

"Reaction to President Bush's recess appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations:


"At a time when we need to reassert our diplomatic power in the world, President Bush has decided to send a seriously flawed and weakened candidate to the United Nations. It's an unnecessary result, and the latest abuse of power by the Bush White House. ... Bolton arrives at the United Nations with a cloud hanging over his head." — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.


"The president did the right thing by sending Mr. Bolton to the U.N. He is a smart, principled and straightforward candidate, and will represent the president and America well on the world stage." — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.


"We look forward to working with him as I do with the other 190 ambassadors and we will welcome him at a time when we are in the midst of major reform. I think it is the president's prerogative, and the president has decided to appoint him through this process." — U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan

"Let's not prejudge his behavior. Let's wait for how he comes and what he says here. ... The tendency here at the United Nations is for us to work together. So I hope that this general tendency will prevail." — Brazil's U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg


"The president has taken an action that is fully within his authority, is in concert with a clear majority of the Senate, and is in the interest of achieving constructive reform of the United Nations." — Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar, R-Ind.


"The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues. ... It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N." — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.


"I am truly concerned that a recess appointment will only add to John Bolton's baggage and his lack of credibility with the United Nations. That said, the president has made this decision, and I will do everything in my power to support Mr. Bolton as he takes this new position." — Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio


"John Bolton has placed his faith in a unilateral, go-it-alone foreign policy that has stretched our military thin, and I believe his inability to be an effective and constructive ambassador could produce dire consequences for American foreign policy." _Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.


"I accept and understand why the president had to do this. I think it's unfortunate that he had to use this option because John Bolton was denied the fairness of an up-or-down vote. I think John Bolton is well qualified. He is principled. And he will advocate for the U.S. taxpayers." — Sen. George Allen, R-Va.


"Making this recess appointment is certainly the president's right, but it is not right for America. Appointing John Bolton to the United Nations sends a terrible message to our intelligence professionals. It is the wrong signal for our intelligence reform efforts." — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.


"The president has the right to make this recess appointment, but it's the wrong decision. It only diminishes John Bolton's validity and leverage to secure America's goals at the U.N." — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.


"He is the right man to provide leadership in achieving much-needed U.N. reform." — Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.


"He is exactly the wrong person to send to the United Nations at a time when we are trying to rebuild our credibility around the world. ... I now fear that we have lost an important opportunity to help re-establish the United States' global role as a moral and responsible leader." — Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.


"It's sad that even while the president preaches democracy around the world, he bends the rules and circumvents the will of Congress in appointing our representative to the United Nations." — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J."

These democrats are such jerks ( especially the wonderful Senator from my home state)! I like Sen. Kennedy's take on it..." a devious maneuver.."


  • It's terrrible how the Dems are attacking every man that President Bush has appointed! What sore losers!

    By Blogger Sara, at 10:46 PM  

  • So why don't we just save EVERYONE some trouble and just kick the UN out of our country!!!! Then we can put sanctions on them. ;)

    By Blogger David Ketter, at 9:49 AM  

  • Yes, David! The UN should go to France. :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 8:25 PM  

  • No UN in New York! What a wonderful feeling that would be. :) Of these comments you posted MVB, I have to say that Sen Kennedy's are my favorites. A "devious" plot by the Bush administration, lol.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 9:26 PM  

  • Yeah, I feel so........devious. :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 10:26 PM  

  • Crazy!

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 10:12 PM  

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