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The John Bolton nomination

Senate minority leader Harry Reid is hopping mad about the John Bolton nomination to be our ambassador to the U.N.
I also note without comment that Al Jazeerah is not pleased.
Interestingly, even Jacob Heilbrunn thinks it may be a good idea to put someone in that position: "In fact, there is a rich GOP tradition of appointing critics of the U.N. as ambassadors to that body, a tradition that has proved remarkably effective." He cites Daniel Patrick Moynihan as an exmaple of someone who was critical of the UN. "Moynihan did not just display contempt for the U.N., he flaunted it."
And he got much accomplished. The New York Sun applauds the nomination. In fact they thought of it a few months ago.

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Is there anything that Harry Reid isn’t mad about these days? He has become little more than an attack dog. His criticisms of Clarence Thomas were inaccurate and completely unnecessary. His more recent attack on Alan Greenspan as a “political hack” are even more baseless on their face, especially when one considers that this alleged Republican stooge was re-nominated by Bill Clinton. Now this? Reid will have little credibility left when the inevitable time comes for him to attack the Supreme Court nominations of Michael McConnell or Janice Rogers Brown.

Not quite an attack dog, Moe. Reid (and his party with him) is more like Wile E. Coyote, and W. is the Roadrunner.


Al Jazeerah isn’t pleased? I’m all for it, then!

So, Bolton’s now going to have a job as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. That must feel strange to him, seeing as he once declared, on a panel organized by the World Federalist Association, that “There is no such thing as the United Nations.”

Most likely that was Bolton’s way of underlining what a misnomer the organization’s name generally is. Sounds like a worthwhile thing to point out, especially given the totemic and quite mindless UN worship that predominates in so many bien-pensant circles of academe, the MSM, and other haunts of the liberal elite.

Here’s Bolton’s full quote, by the way (hat tip to Andrew Sullivan):

“There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world and that is the United States, when it suits our interest and we can get others to go along.”

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