John Bolton ResignsHis resignation effective at the end of his recess appointment.
I just saw Eleanor Cliff - all happy - say that despite his effectiveness, Bolton reminds people of Rumsfeld and his regime. So that by accepting this resignation, Bush is showing he is in touch with reality.
I think Eleanor Cliff is the one who is not in touch with reality.
President Bush, in a statement, said he was "deeply disappointed that a handful of United States senators prevented Ambassador Bolton from receiving the up or down vote he deserved in the Senate."
"They chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time," Bush said. "This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their nation."
Allah reminds us of the video clip of Lou Dobb's tribute to John Bolton as a superlative UN ambassador.
At the Corner, Andrew McCarthy adds:
If John Bolton could not be confirmed after the job he did, there is no hope for a strong American presence there. More importantly, even with Bolton performing heroically, the UN was still a menace.
Why are we so hot to preserve this international racketeering enterprise? What's in it for us?
Please, someone explain the upside that outweighs the downside such that we should be agonizing over a quality replacement rather than using that energy to marginalize the UN, consider a replacement organization, or — better — rely on other international alliances and ad hoc coalitions to address international problems.
Heh, can you imagine the liberal reaction if Bush tried to disinvest from the UN now?
Because, you know, they support the UN and all of its works.
UPDATE II: According to Drudge, George Mitchell is on the short list of replacements.