Monday, December 04, 2006

Goodbye, Ambassador Brimley, er, Bolton

John Bolton just announced he's resigning as the US ambassador to the UN. I have to say, he did a pretty good job, all things considered -- there was a certain refreshing quality to his skeptical stance toward UN effectiveness, and he was a better negotiator than I anticipated. Still, once the Democrats regained control of Congress, his days were numbered. (Bush, of course, blamed the Democrats for "obstructionism" even though Bolton was a recess appointment that Bush failed to push through even when his party controlled Washington.)

Bolton said he looked forward to his new job as pitchman for Quaker Oats.


Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Bolton's appointment was held up significantly by Republicans who thought he was a douchebag incapable of diplomacy. Had the Republicans simply voted in a bloc he would have gone through. Apparently his asking for all the leaders of the UN to step down at the same time that Kofi does didn't go over so well.

Most hillarious, his letter to Bush said, he's not interested in serving in THIS ADMINISTRATION anymore... apparently suggesting that he'd be fine with more active civic service, so long as he isn't further associated with history's asshole, GW.

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