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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Friday, April 22, 2005

A**holes Need Not Apply: Bye, Bye Mr. Bolton...Don't Let The Door Hit You On Your Backside Posted by Hello
Good morning to all. Nice day here, sunny and around 70 degrees. Quick post and then I'm out. So happy to hear the news this morning that it's looking more and more like John R. Bolton, the President's uber-flawed nominee for the position of U.N. ambassador, may be on his way out the door. With Senator George Voinovich's (R-OH) stellar performance the other day (a modern day "profile of courage", if you ask me, http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/11455292.htm) vis a vis shutting down the voting process and putting the brakes on Bolton so Voinovich and his staff could do some more "research" on the nominee ("research" is a code word that means Voinovich wants to dig into whether or not Bolton is really the major league a**hole that everybody is saying he is...trust me, he is!). In fact, Senator Voinovich is quoted as saying the following concerning the Bolton nomination:

"...People are discounting the fact that I say that interpersonal skills and the way one treats their fellow man is important. But it is important. It's important that you know how to get along with other people and that you treat people with dignity and respect...".

Senator Voinovich's actions in conjunction with the White House circling the wagons "all panicky and herky jerk" (just like they did when the doomed nominations of Linda Chavez and Bernard Kerik started to hit turbulence) were already key indicators that Bolton and his nomiantion were wobbling at best. Now, news is coming down that "big dog" (not the actual "Big Dog", Bill Clinton...the other "big dog"...small b, little d) and former Secretary of State General Colin Powell is weighing in (albeit covertly) and it is certainly NOT in Bolton's favor (http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3147352). With all of this weight bearing down, it's really looking more and more like Bolton's nomination has been gutted and neutralized. What's so fascinating about Colin Powell is that BEFORE he joined the Bush Administration in 2001, his favorability ratings (in terms of the American people) were stratospheric, I'm talking golden (http://www.jointcenter.org/2000_election/2000_NOP.pdf). Of course, some of that gold was tarnished during his tenure in Bush's cabinet as Secretary of State due to the fantastical, byzantine and downright crazy twists and turns the Bush Adminstration put the poor man through, i.e., having to be the front-man for Bush's calamity of a Middle Eastern foreign policy, being paraded before the U.N. (with George Tenet and John Negroponte in tow) to convince the world that war against Iraq was justified, etc. Yet, upon Powell's wise decision to leave the "insane-clown posse" that is the Bush Administration and and returning to civilian life (and his Volvos), Powell's star, popularity and respect level are back on the rise (http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=935). It seems like the American people understand that Powell, who is usually soaring with the eagles was (at the time, unfortunately) dealing with a bunch of GOP/neocon turkeys; the American people seem to sympathize with Powell and his plight and understand he was at odds with the madness of the White House for the most part and, more times than not, was up against the wall and "in the doghouse". In short, this is why I believe Powell's comments and opinions (in terms of Bolton's character and personality traits) have weight, are going to resonate and have a tremendous amount of impact (even moreso than the President's, in this case) and be well-heeded by all those involved. Bolton's defeat will be an amazing victory, not only for the Democratic Party (in showing that we are still a vigorous, vibrant and vital political organization that still knows how to outflank our enemies and cut their legs out from under them)...way more important then that, it will be a victory for the American people who won't have a Wyatt Earp-looking, pompous, arrogant, GOP knuckle-dragging a**hat for a U.N. ambassador. The times we are living in cry out for tough diplomacy to be sure. But, these times also cry out for diplomacy that is also compassionate and sensitive (especially culturally sensitive) and not the kind of brazen, roughshod and a**hole-ish diplomacy that Bolton oozes out of every orifice and pour of his being. Bottom line, the guy is a jerk...much like the guy that nominated him. But, you know what they say, birds of a feather flock together. Bye, bye Bolton, nothing personal, strictly professional; or, don't go away mad, just go away. Semper Fidelis


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