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Bolton To Quit At End Of Recess Appointment

From a victorious Al Jazeera:

Bolton to quit as ambassador to UN

John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, will step down when his temporary appointment expires within weeks as he has failed to win senate confirmation.

Bolton’s nomination has languished in the senate foreign relations committee for more than a year, blocked by Democrats and several Republicans.

Critics have questioned Bolton’s brusque style and whether he could be an effective bureaucrat who could force reform at the UN.

George Bush, the US president, gave Bolton the job temporarily in August 2005, while congress was in recess. Under that process, the appointment expires when congress formally adjourns, no later than early January.

The White House resubmitted Bolton’s nomination last month. But with Democrats capturing control of the next congress, his chances of winning confirmation appeared slight.

The incoming chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, Democratic Senator Joe Biden, said he saw "no point in considering Mr Bolton’s nomination again".

While Bush could not give Bolton another recess appointment, the White House was believed to be exploring other ways of keeping him in the job, perhaps by giving him a title other than ambassador. But Bolton informed the White House that he intended to leave when his current appointment expires, Dana Perino, the White House deputy press secretary, said.

Bush planned to meet with Bolton and his wife later on Monday at the White House.

As late as last month, Bush, through his top aides, said he would not relent in his defence of Bolton, despite unwavering opposition from Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy.

Perino said that among Bolton’s accomplishments, he assembled coalitions addressing North Korea’s nuclear activity, Iran’s uranium enrichment and reprocessing work and the horrific violence in Darfur. She said he also made reform at the United Nations a top issue because the United States was searching for a more "credible" and more "effective."

"Ambassador Bolton served his country with distinction and he achieve a great deal at the United Nations," Perino said.

"Despite the support of a strong bipartisan majority of senators, Ambassdor Bolton’s confirmation was blocked by a Democratic filibuster, and this is a clear example of the breakdown in the Senate confirmation process," she said.

"Nominees deserve the opportunity for a clean up or down vote. Ambassador Bolton was never given that opportunity."

Perino said Bush had reluctantly accepted Bolton’s decision to leave when his current appointment expired.

I guess Mr. Bolton didn’t want to face the show trials the Democrats had planned for him.

Of course it is a rarity these days, but why does any good person go into government? Ever?

This, or worse, is always their fate.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 4th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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