Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:
PRESIDENT BUSH WILL APPOINT JOHN BOLTON AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N. TODAY
As predicted two days ago in TMR #112 -- Bolton: Down The Hatch -- President George Bush exercised the Constitutional option of a recess appointment (Article II, Section 2.3) to name John Bolton as the U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It's a story that we think of as: "The Great Uniter and The Great Reformer: Together at Last."
It was a perfectly legal, relatively well-advertised, widely anticipated, and deeply disappointing decision -- more for what it says about this President's political judgment and sensitivity to the national interest than that the country's representative to the U. N. has displayed "conduct unbecoming" for much of his public sector career.
But somewhere up there Curtis LeMay must be smiling.
August 1, 2005
Win some; lose some; lose one more.
I suppose it should be obvious by now that this Administration's motto is taken straight from the mouth of Chicago's Al Capone, who is reputed to have said on multiple occasions:
"You can get a lot more done with a gun and a smile than with just a smile alone."
The country has survived a great deal since the summer of 1787. We and the UN will survive John Bolton.
But it really woulda' been nice to see this President do something with just a touch of class and grace.