"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

John Bolton Makes for the Exits

You have to love Mark Steyn....well no you don't I guess, but he's one helluva writer that I find myself agreeing with 96.8463% of the time. Today he has a column up that was originally published during the Bolton confirmation hearings.

And so another one bites the dust: John Bolton will step down as UN Ambassador because a handful of absurdly self-regarding Democrats (plus Lincoln Chafee) refused to let his nomination come to the full Senate for a vote. That's a radically different interpretation of "checks and balances". Ambassador Bolton was a delight in his all too brief tenure, but let us not forget the many strikes against him. The most serious - his intimidating body language - was addressed in this Chicago Sun-Times column from early last year:

Boy, this confirmation battle over John Bolton, the president's plain-spoken nominee for U.N. ambassador, is really heating up. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Democratic Party's comely obstructionist, has charged that Bolton needs "anger management lessons."

I don't know about you, but nothing makes me want to hurl a chair through the window and punch someone's lights out like being told I need anger management lessons. So I was interested to hear about the kind of violent Boltonian eruptions that had led Boxer to her diagnosis. Well, here it comes. (If you've got young children present, you might want to take them out of the room.) From the shockingly brutal testimony of Thomas Fingar, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Intelligence Research:

Q: Could you characterize your meeting with Bolton? Was he calm?

Fingar: No, he was angry. He was standing up.

Q: Did he raise his voice to you? Did he point his finger in your face?

Fingar: I don't remember if he pointed. John speaks in such a low voice normally. Was it louder than normal? Probably. I wouldn't characterize it as screaming at me or anything like that. It was more, hands on hips, the body language as I recall it, I knew he was mad.

Follow to "Exit Bolton" to read the rest....

You also may want to pay a visit to Rightwing Guy. Mr. "T" has a post up on his thoughts regarding the "Military Coup in Fiji"


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