We conservatives can gauge the quality of a nominee for any post in a Republican administration by the amount of bleating coming from the usual suspects of the left (the media, human rights groups, victims' rights groups).
By any measure then, President Bush's choice of John Bolton as the next U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is a home run. Bolton is currently the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security at the Department of State, where he has been especially critical of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il (referring to him as a "bloodsucker" and "human scum"). Bolton, a Yalie and a lawyer by training, has had a long career in public service at the Departments of State, Justice and the Agency for International Development.
Critics of his nomination are likely to focus on Bolton's public criticism of the body to which he has been nominated to represent U.S. interests. Bolton has been quoted in the past as saying it wouldn't matter much if 10 stories of the 38-story U.N. headquarters just vanished. (God, I love people that say what they think and mean what they say!) He is characterized as someone who does not believe in diplomacy for diplomacy's sake - a man after my own heart. His desk is decorated with a model of a hand grenade.
Frankly, I think it's high time that the U.S. sent a message to the U.N. that they can't continue to bite the hand that feeds them.
Go get 'em, John!
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