Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Our President and Our Ambassador

Well as you all know, John Bolton has been appointed to Ambassador to the United Nations through a recess appointment. Democrats are already commenting on how weak this makes President Bush look. Well, I don't know if it's weakness to say you are going to do something and then actually do it. That doesn't sound very weak to me.

Cenk Uygur over at
the Huffington Post has another way of dealing with Bolton; simily deny reality!
I live in the largest state in the Union. California, if it stood alone, would be anywhere between the fifth to the seventh largest economy in the world. It is a colossal part of America. Our Senators did not confirm this ambassador. We, the voters of California, did not sanction him. He did not get our advice and consent. He is not our legitimate ambassador to the UN. He does not represent us.

The people that do represent us – our Senators – did not approve him. I sent Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein to Congress to represent me. They have not assented to this rogue ambassador. Hence, he is not my ambassador.

But it’s not just California. The whole country has been circumvented. You voted for the Senators in your states to represent your interests and they were not allowed to speak for you when the President ignored their advice and consent.
Well if the Senate were actually involved in advising and consenting, Bolton would already be our Ambassador to the United Nations. Instead they seem far more focused on slandering and blocking. So President Bush took a back door approach. It's actually a very courageous move. It will give the United States a chance to see exactly what kind of man Bolton is. If Bolton is the "bully" Liberals claim he is, that will be clearly visible. If Bolton comports himself well and is an effective ambassador, well, the American people will see that as well.

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