“We do not want stability in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and even
Saudi Arabia. . . . The real issue is not whether, but how to
destabilize. We have to ensure the fulfillment of the democratic
-- Michael Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute
John Bolton's out there swinging in the wind -- sent to the Senate
without endorsement from the Foreign Relations Committee for his
nomination as US ambassador to the United Nations.
committee chairman Richard Luger's drawers in a wad because he
failed his assignment to steamroll Bolton through the committee to
the UN without embarrassing George Bush. I don't know where
Indiana's favorite son has been for the past four years, but with a
little help from his proctologist, Lugar should be able to see that
what turns Bush on is getting away with brazen lies, and the blood,
torture, and destruction of those who are too helpless to resist.
Don't fret, Dick. It's impossible to embarrass this president --
because death is his Viagra, and he's currently in the middle of a
raging, international orgasm.
Committee members at least went through the motions, some of them
even kicking and screaming. On May 12, Ohio's Senator George
Voinovich declared Bolton "unfit for the job," and described him as
"the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not
be," but refused to vote against him. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif)
immediately placed a "hold" on Bolton's nomination designed to stall
debate on the issue until committee Democrats receive requested
If this gives you even a split-second of hope that maybe, just
maybe, Bush will do the right thing and drag this dishonorable,
warmongering creature from our sight, forget about it. For starters,
if Voinovich felt strongly enough that Bolton was unfit, he would
have voted his conscience and ended the fiasco right there. And,
anyone who watched the dancing-monkey act performed by the rest of
the committee members -- not just Republicans "with reservations"
like Voinovich, Rhode Island's Lincoln Chaffee, and Nebraska's Chuck
Hagel, but by those like blustering Joe "Soundbite" Biden, the
Democratic Pride of Delaware -- knows that Bolton is headed to the
How do I know this? Because of the questions. Not those committee
members and their "esteemed colleagues" asked while relentlessly
peering at Bolton under the Senate microscope, such as, "Why are you
such an intolerant bully?"..."Did you try to get some Intelligence
underlings fired because they questioned what your definition of
'is' is?"..."Why is it that a woman managed to outrun you in a race
down a hotel corridor -- are you a girlie-boy or are you just out of
shape?"..."Didn't you color the truth a bit about Syria's nuclear
capability?"..."Umm, speaking of color, sir -- just between us --"Is
that 'got milk' mustache for real...?"
No. It was the questions they very carefully did not ask Bolton, to
wit, "Why were you called home after refusing to negotiate with
Libya about its WMD program?"..."Were you ordered by your boss,
Richard Armitage, to give neither speeches nor testimony which had
not been cleared by him?"..."Did you use super-secret National
Security Agency information to spy on International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) director general Mohamed ElBaradei, or perhaps on your
own colleagues' diplomatic efforts with North Korea?"..."Of course
you are aware if you shared the NSA intercept material with, say --
the vice president or other administration officials -- you are
guilty of serious protocol violations?" Or..."Refresh our memory,
Mr. Bolton. Walk us through your single-handed efforts to justify
invading Iraq. Tell us again about the uranium 'yellowcake from
Niger' bit that you and Frederick Fleitz, your acting chief of staff
on loan from the CIA, cooked up to catapult us into war; a war that
resulted in besmirching the sterling reputation of a US Secretary of
State as well as the destruction of hundreds of thousands of
innocent human beings...."
It's no secret that Bolton hates the United Nations, and he would
much prefer continuing to run Foggy Bottom from behind the scenes by
cuddling up to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as her
second-in-command. It's also no secret that Rice wants Bolton out of
town and out of her hair. She has spent the months since her own
confirmation roaming the universe lecturing world leaders on
democracy -- threatening those who have the audacity to think their
"internal deliberations" are of sufficient merit to escape her
steely gaze and ultimate judgment. In order to rid herself of
Bolton, Rice cannot release documents that might derail his
appointment. She brushed the document matter aside with a terse
statement that amounted to admitting if the public finds out what
she, George Bush, and goons like Bolton, his mentor Richard Perle,
and his mentor Dick Cheney, have been up to behind the scenes of
democracy -- it would have a "chilling effect."
Boy, she's got that right.
I'm in an ecstatic deep freeze just thinking about it...
The good news is that committee members don't need to see the papers
Rice is clutching behind her back to know that Bolton is eminently
unfit for any position in this government, especially one requiring
diplomacy. The bad news is that these elected Neanderthals obviously
don't read anything unless it's a "document" released to them upon
Perhaps Rice doesn't want us to remember that, for years, Bolton's
antipathy for the UN and his proclivity for steamrolling anyone in
his path has been recorded and chronicled over and over again, much
of it in Bolton's own words.
During a February 1994 event, Bolton
railed against the United Nations, interrupting others while
angrily jabbing his finger in their faces -- "The United States
makes the UN work when it wants it to work, and that is exactly the
way it should be, because the only question, the
only question for the United
states is what is in our national interest," Bolton snarled, "and if
you don't like that, I'm sorry, but that is the fact."
Who can forget the specter of Election 2000 when Bolton --
surrounded by thugs from Tom Delay's office and other paid GOP
operatives flown to Florida to disrupt the election, along with
press aides Nicolle Devenish, Tucker Eskew, Ken Lisalus and Scott
McClellan -- burst into a library in Tallahassee to relay news of
the Supreme Court's overthrow of the government and bellowed -- "I'm
with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count!"
I am among those who think that, initially, Bolton was just the mess
Bush threw up against the Senate wall to distract attention from two
far more sinister appointments critical to his maintaining control
of the world economy and of the street rabble who might rise up
against him -- war criminals Paul Wolfowitz as President of the
World Bank and John Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence.
But Bush is not one to accept two-out-of-three and back off
gracefully. That would be embarrassing. So, once again, Bush will
hit the trifecta. Once again, freedom is on the run -- with its tail
between its legs.
According to Rebecca Renfro, a close friend and formidable North
Carolina researcher, Bolton represents the last piece of the
neo-conservative world-dominion puzzle. "With Negroponte taking care
of things at home, Wolfowitz at the World Bank and Bolton at the UN,
the possibilities are limitless. Think about it," Renfro said, "on
the world stage, Wolfowitz will have the carrot and Bolton the
stick. Any country they don't want to openly attack will be starved
Renfro said that, prompted by Cheney and the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),
Wolfowitz and Bolton will ensure that the United States will "decide
which countries deserve to be sanctioned, which get loans and
investment money, which need to be privatized and their resources
sold to US investors. Nations such as Palestine and others seeking
aid and assistance can just bend over and kiss it goodbye," she
said. "Ain't gonna happen."
Americans know that Bolton is the wrong man for the wrong job at the
wrong time. They know, like John McGlothlin recently declared on his
McGlothlin Group forum, sending the maniacal John Bolton to the
United Nations is like loosing the Tasmanian Devil to careen wildly
through its halls -- a sick, out-of-control joke on a wounded world.
Democrat and Republican senators can see George Bush standing there
with a smoking gun in each hand. They know their vote should be a
unanimous choice to save thousands -- perhaps millions -- of
innocent Iranian, Syrian, North Korean, and American lives.
I could be wrong, but I fear that after the votes are counted, we
will see John Bolton headed straight for the UN, like they say down
in Texas -- "Just a shittin' and a flyin'..."
And the blood? It will be on the hands of the men and women senators
who would rather send our children to die; who would much rather
kill women and children in other nations than make the mistake of
embarrassing the madman in the White House.
It's time these officials were held accountable for their actions.
If they refuse to work for the people who pay their salaries then,
like Bolton, they are unfit for their jobs. Perhaps it's time we
fired them -- lest the blood of our children end up on our own
There are 100 senators; 30 of whom are up for re-election in 2006.*
They are Democrats Daniel Akaka (HI), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Robert
Byrd (WV), Maria Cantwell (WA), Thomas Carper (DE), Hillary Clinton
(NY), Kent Conrad (ND), Jon Corzine (NJ), Diane Feinstein (Calif),
Edward Kennedy (MA), Herb Kohl (WI), Joseph Lieberman (CT),
Bill Nelson (FL), Ben Nelson
(NE), Debbie Stabenow (MI)
And Republicans George Allen (VA),
Conrad Burns, (MT), Lincoln Chafee
(RI), Mike DeWine (OH), John Ensign (NV), Bill Frist (TN),
Orrin Hatch (UT), Kay Hutchison (TX), Jon Kyl, (AZ), Trent Lott
(MS), Richard Lugar (IN),
Rick Santorum (PA), Olympia Snowe (ME), James Talent (MO), Craig
*Those names in boldface are on the Foreign Relations committee.
Democrat committee member Paul
Sarbanes (RI) has elected not to run for re-election.
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former
civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a regular
contributor for a variety of Internet sites. Contact her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2005 Sheila Samples
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