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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Ugly, Dark Side of Imperialism: John R. Bolton, Power Consolidation and the Sowing of Geopolitical Winds Posted by Hello
Morning to all. It is another beautiful day in the southwestern United States. FYI, I took the GRE (http://www.gre.org/) in January of this year (pretty hard test, sitting at a computer terminal for hours was no fun...did alright...there's room for improvement, although I beat everyone I know that has taken it). Since taking the Graduate Record Exam, I've applied to graduate school and now I'm waiting on pins and needles for some word on my admissions status. Now, with that said, let me jump right into today's topic of discussion: John R. Bolton (not to confuse him with John Bolton, the British comic artist, http://www.johnbolton.com/) and his confirmation hearings that will (undoubtedly and unfortunately) position him as our representative to the United Nations. In my opinion, Mr. Bolton should be the last choice in terms of someone serving at the United Nations as our chief ambassador and representative and certainly not now in today's sensitive and charged geopolitical environment (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/2976.htm). Interestingly enough, I'm not the only one that shares this opinion (http://www.stopbolton.org/). I must say it is striking (to me, at least) in that this is the first time I actually have a strong, personal disliking for a nominee presented by this President to Congress as a candidate for some high government position. For example, Condoleeza Rice, John Negroponte, Porter Goss, etc...those were situations where it was a "nothing personal, strictly professional" kind of thing; folks like me simply had strong political and philosophical differences with those just aforementioned personalities (as well as those NOT mentioned that subscribe to the same neoconservative, socio-political philosophies and agendas). However, with John R. Bolton, there is something else that is awry. Tell me folks, is it me or can you just tell that this guy is one major-league a**hole?!? It's not just that he is one "Wyatt Earp-looking-son-of-a-bitc*" (I know it's crass, but he does weigh heavy on the eyes after awhile...memo to John Bolton, this is 2005 buddy, not 1905...you dig?) nor is it that he has a reputation for having a bad temper (heck, how many people would that disqualify from the position? Hint: a lot). What really disturbs me about Mr. John R. Bolton is: 1) Bolton has expressed, over the years, a deep animosity, antipathy and contempt towards the United Nations in its current matrix (and quite possibly, the whole concept of the United Nations as a governmental/regulating world body all together). There's just no questioning that nor is there any need for a debate...the man is simply ON RECORD repeatedly and viciously attacking the legitimacy and efficacy of the United Nations, and 2) Bolton is the kind of individual that simply doesn't know how to look good unless he's standing on someone (or, something) else. You know what I'm talking about, we all know these kinds of people and most of us have had the sad experience of running into this kind of personality. In fact, one former colleague of Bolton's at the State Department is on record (just yesterday before Congress) describing Bolton as a "kiss up, kick down sort of guy" (http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4389555) ...geez, those aren't exactly the glowing words of praise or endorsement one would want for a public servant that is being asked to represent the American people before an important world body like the United Nations. In fact, Mr. Carl Ford (the former colleague who described Bolton as such) served in the State Departments Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Mr Ford went on to describe Mr. Bolton's character traits in this way:

“I have never seen anyone quite like Mr Bolton. He abuses his authority with little people.”

and, as a

“serial abuser.”

And to top it all off, Mr. Ford is also on record declaring that he considers himself to be a "loyal Republican". In other words, there are Republicans out there that are seriously concerned about John R. Bolton and the current Adminstration's wisdom in positing him as the UN ambassador nominee. Could this be another Bernard Kerik type situation ( http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/41802.htm) all over again? Is this a White House exercising bad character judgement and faulty character assessment once again? Regretfully, I have to report that it is quite probable that the answer to both questions is yes. You see, what makes John Bolton dangerous is that he is the kind of individual who is willing to compromise his integrity to win and in this case "winning" equals going before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, getting the green light, then going before the full Senate and being approved. That's the game John Bolton is playing right now...the President of the United States has nominated him for this illustrious position (with all the fixings and trappings of the office, of course) and he'll be damned if he is slam-dunked and sent home in shame...he is willing and going to do whatever it takes to secure this position...come hell or highwater. That is why it was so easy for him (before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday) to repeatedly deny any and all negative references or inferences that he has made concerning the United Nations over the last decade (although, most of the references and inferences were recorded and/or made "on the record"). You must understand that to dangerous folks like Bolton, none of that matters now because the ends ALWAYS justify the means; and the name of the game, at present, is neoconservative power consolidation across the board and the establishment of a permanent Republican majority domestically and a permanent American empire (economically and militarily) globally stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole. *Sigh*, Ralph Bunche, Adlai E. Stevenson, Andrew Young, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Bill Richardson...where, oh where have you gone (and let me tell you, Simon, Garfunkel and Joe DiMaggio have nothing on this)? Now THOSE were UN ambassadors...but alas, they have faded from the stage. They were ALL great UN ambassadors that not only represented, but exemplified the interests of the United States honorably and admirably. Where does John R. Bolton fit into this equation? Allow me to express the answer to that question in this way and by turning a legendary phrase made by the great and honorable Lloyd Bentsen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Bentsen) during the 1988 Vice-Presidential debate: Mr. Bolton, I knew UN ambassadors, I consider UN ambassadors to be my friends...Mr. Bolton, you're no UN ambassador. Semper Fidelis


Blogger DBK said...

Should we even survive this administration's blundering idiocy, what Bush and company have actually done is show such a belief in American super-power that they are setting up a military confrontation with the entire world against the United States. In every conceivable way they show their contempt for anyone who disagrees with them, regardless of whether that person is American or not. They really are out to push every country's buttons and see if they don't get squashed for it.

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Blogger Gothamimage said...

Behind ever Hooever is a Tolson- Bolton is the classic little guy, it seems, who follows the big man or big machine, and picks on littler guys. But authentic tough guys, like a Marine-who-knows (as opposed to those in the cave) , like yourself, can sense him, like you can sense an ambush. You are onto him, and I appreciate. Make sure to read David Brooks lame , and misleading defense of Bolton, in the NY Times, where he tries to distance himself, and thereby elevate Bolton.

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