Backing Bolton

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jul 27, 2006 2:35 PM

Michelle Malkin's VENT today is an all-out endorsement of the moustachioed Mr. Bolton, serving as ambassador to the U.N. on a recess appointment thanks to obstruction from Dems.

IMAO reports that Bolton, as evidenced by Dem concerns, is indeed still a big bully.

NRO posts Bolton's statement from the hearing today:

We take note that some Member States have called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah - but we must ask our colleagues: how do you negotiate and maintain a ceasefire with a terrorist organization, one which does not even recognize the right of Israel to exist? The United States has no confidence that Hezbollah would honor an unconditional ceasefire. History shows us that it would only allow them time to regroup and plan their next wave of kidnappings and attacks against Israel. The United States seeks an end to the violence that afflicts innocent civilians, and for that very reason we are working for the conditions that will make a real cease fire possible and permanent. Our aim is to address the underlying causes of the violence in southern Lebanon – namely terrorism.

In considering any stabilization force, we need to consider several questions. Would the new force be empowered to deal with the real problem, namely Hezbollah? How would such a force deal with Hezbollah armed components, and would it be empowered to deal with arms shipments from countries like Syria and Iran that support Hezbollah? How would the new force relate to the existing UN Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, which already has been there for 28 years? Finally, would such a force contribute to the institutional strength to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to help fully implement Resolution 1559?

Blogs for Bush has a round-up, as does Michelle.

Fox reports that the hearing was interrupted twice by protestors. I repeat my message from yesterday: "If you have a winning message, it does not require crossing the Secret Service to communicate it via a Sharpie-penned T-shirt."

ThinkProgress says other Dems will be watching Lieberman for their cue.