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Monday, August 01, 2005



Bush Bypasses Senate, Confirms Bolton


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(Hat Tip: Trey Jackson, UN Dispatch, Michelle Malkin)

It seems that President Bush has bypassed the Senate completely and used his constitutional powers to appoint John Bolton as the next Ambassador to the United Nations.
"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform. So today I've used my constitutional authority to appoint John Bolton to serve as America's ambassador to the United Nations," Bush said, with Bolton at his side, during an announcement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

The United States has been without a representative to the United Nations for approximately six months, and with major issues such as UN reform (something desperately needed) coming to the table. Bolton's nomination has sparked heated debate, especially on the left, and his appointment will only create more conspiracy theories amongst many of the "elite" liberals.

Bolton was appointed using a constitutional "loop hole" which allows the president to appoint someone to a position if Congress is in recess. President Bush has used this measure over a hundred times (with many of the appointments for judges) but this is the first case this has been used for a US Ambassador to the UN as well as the highest level for the White House Administration.

Although John Bolton's appointment has many on the left screaming in rage it looks as if Kofi Annan welcomes Bolton to the post.
"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

With Bolton's appointment the US can now begin the real process towards UN reform which will helpfully restore the United Nation's respect as an institution world wide. Although some may wonder whether or not Bolton is qualified for the job, history will have to determine this in hindsight as Bolton is guaranteed his position until January of 2007 when the next congress is elected.



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