I'll consider the possibility that Biden is telling the truth in insisting bureaucrats came forward on their own to oppose Bolton without prodding from Biden and his fellow obstructionists. They are bureaucrats, and Bolton is a threat to them and their anti-American inertia. That's one of the main reasons the president appointed him.
The same holds true for many of the personal criticisms of Bolton. We find that much of it comes from bureaucrats who aren't used to being upbraided for their own entrenched recalcitrance. It seems that a number of them got their feelings hurt because Bolton simply wouldn't tolerate their insubordination.
Anti-Boltonites are saying Bolton cherry-picked intelligence to support his policy objectives. Well, they've been saying that about President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary Rice and even Colin Powell for several years now. To them, cherry-picking intelligence is deciding to rely on the CIA and our other intelligence services, not to mention nearly unanimously similar opinions from foreign intelligence agencies that Iraq had WMD stockpiles. But most of these same Democrats, when it was expedient for them to do so, supported the decision to attack Iraq based on the exact same intelligence. Were they cherry-picking, too?
But another irony jumps off the pages concerning this latest charge about Bolton substituting his own judgment for that of intelligence people. Haven't Democrats been saying since shortly after we attacked Iraq that President Bush should have done precisely that: ignored what his intelligence agencies were telling him about WMD? Indeed, aren't Democrats demanding that in the future we question, even contradict, the assessments of our intelligence agencies? They can't have it both ways? What am I saying? Of course they can.
The controversy over John Bolton's appointment is just another assault by congressional Democrats on the president's foreign policy and their determined effort to steer the ship of state in the direction of appeasement and globalism. How dare President Bush attempt to pursue his own foreign policy agenda? And how dare John Bolton be placed in a position to assist the president in implementing that agenda?