Tomorrow, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the most important Congressional vote in the still-new second George W. Bush presidential term: whether or not to send John Bolton's nomination to the full Senate.
Democrats have waged a relentless assault on Bush's nominee to be the next ambassador to the UN, not for his blunt criticisms of the world body, but for his supposed meanness. They're on the verge of succeeding; all they need is one of the committee's 10 Republicans to side with the 8 Democrats to block Bolton.
That?s where you come in. Townhall.com and ConfirmBolton.com (a new blog to which this columnist contributes) both provide ordinary Americans the ability to have their voices heard by the Senate. (Townhall's action center is here. ConfirmBolton.com?s is here.)
Not only does ConfirmBolton.com give you all the necessary information to help your voice matter, it also rebuts Democratic attacks and makes the case for confirming John Bolton. Among the contributors are David Keene, Frank Gaffney, Gary Bauer, Andy Cochran, and Cliff May.
The battle to confirm John Bolton promises to be a seminal moment for conservatives and could set the tone for the rest of the second Bush term. John Bolton is a conservative?s conservative.
When Bolton was an intern in the Nixon White House, John Erlichman gathered the interns to tell them they had to work for Nixon?s re-election. The young Bolton responded, ?Work for him? Hell, I don?t even know if I?m going to vote for him!?
John Bolton over the past four years has easily been the most-hated figure at the Department of State, but not just because of his stalwart support for President Bush. The undersecretary for arms control got under the Foreign Service?s collar because he knew how to consistently outmaneuver them, despite being outmanned.
His entire network of allies at State could be counted on one hand, while in the other corner (and everywhere else) stood the 10,000 members of the Foreign Service. Yet the reason we have the much-praised Proliferation Security Initiative and intercepted the shipment of centrifuges that brought Libya to its knees is simple: John Bolton is a better bureaucrat than most bureaucrats.
So not only will he be an effective spokesman against the cesspool that is the UN, he will likely implement some actual reform, which is what he did over a decade ago in leading the repeal of the resolution that equated Zionism with racism.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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