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Monday, August 01, 2005

(D)’s – “Abuse of Power”

The usual suspects:


"At a time when we need to reassert our diplomatic power in the world, President Bush has decided to send a seriously flawed and weakened candidate to the United Nations. It's an unnecessary result, and the latest abuse of power by the Bush White House. ... Bolton arrives at the United Nations with a cloud hanging over his head." — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues. ... It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N." — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.



Statement By Senator Barbara Boxer Regarding Bolton Appointment

August 1, 2005

The President's decision to recess appoint John Bolton to the United Nations knowing that he didn’t tell the truth on a document which he swore was truthful, and knowing that they have stonewalled the Senate on critical information, is just another example of the arrogance of power displayed by this Administration over and over again. A majority of Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee did not support this nomination and more than forty senators of both parties stopped this nomination from going forward several times.

Can't this Administration ever admit that they made a mistake?

To send such a controversial individual to be our representative to the world will only undermine our efforts to win friends and allies at this critical time.



Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Recess Appointment of John Bolton

"I am deeply disappointed by the President’s decision, particularly in light of last week’s admission by Mr. Bolton that he was not entirely truthful on a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Even more disturbing is that this announcement comes on the heels of the Administration’s refusal to turn over documents requested by the Senate during the confirmation process. As we work to build relationships across the globe and reform and strengthen the UN, the UN Ambassador is an important position which deserves Senate confirmation. It is troubling that the President has circumvented the process on a position so critical to our national security and international reputation."



Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the President's Recess Appointment of John Bolton

August 1, 2005

I am disappointed in the President's decision to bypass the Senate and use a recess appointment to make John Bolton the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Bolton is fundamentally unsuited for the job, and his record reveals a truly disturbing intolerance of dissent. Mr. Bolton did not win the support of a majority of members of the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Senate refused to make a final decision on this nomination pending review of documents that the Administration declined to provide in blatant disregard for the Senate's constitutional rights and responsibilities. But despite all of the warning signs and all of the red flags, the President has taken this extraordinary step to send a polarizing figure with tattered credibility to represent us at the United Nations. At a time when we need to be doing our very best to mend frayed relationships, encourage real burden-sharing, and nurture a rock-solid international coalition to fight terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the American people deserve better than John Bolton.



Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein

-- On the Recess Appointment of John Bolton -- August 1, 2005

“The recess appointment of John Bolton to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations demonstrates the undue stubbornness of an Administration that seems more concerned with getting its own way than in providing the nation with the best possible representation at the UN.


The unposted are those that were either neutral, had no comment as of yet, or were doing their Bush bashing between the lines. I do, however, ad this one:



"The president has the right to make this recess appointment, but it's the wrong decision. It only diminishes John Bolton's validity and leverage to secure America's goals at the U.N. John Bolton has been rejected twice by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to the United Nations. This is not the way to fill our most important diplomatic jobs." — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.


I am shocked … shocked I say,


The President has a Constitutional RIGHT to make this appointment, or is the Liberal left involved in “in a “blatant disregard for the” Presidents “constitutional rights and responsibilities”?

I don’t recall any (D)umbassrat crying when their beloved Clinton made 140 recess appointments during his eight years in office, 95 to full-time positions.



The reaction from the UN?


"Let's not prejudge his behavior. Let's wait for how he comes and what he says here. ... The tendency here at the United Nations is for us to work together. So I hope that this general tendency will prevail." — Brazil's U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg

"We look forward to working with him as I do with the other 190 ambassadors and we will welcome him at a time when we are in the midst of major reform. I think it is the president's prerogative, and the president has decided to appoint him through this process." — U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan


(This coming from the man who should ‘fear’ this appointment the most)

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