Friday, November 10, 2006

More accountability

It looks like the Democrat's victory in Wednesday's US elections will claim another victim: US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton. He was appointed in 2005 as a recess appointment, but his bullying style hasn't made the US any friends there. Likewise, his insolence and contempt hasn't made any friends in the Senate, and as a result, his nomination is now effectively dead. So long, John - we won't miss you.


Can't be that long until the next recess can it?


Humour aside, I've been pleasently surprised and pleased with Bolton's efforts in the UN. WIth the vitriol that spewed forth about him before he took the job I suspected something awful. But he's an intelligent guy cogently advancing the foreign policy of the President, who after all is responsible for foreign policy.

Seriously - isn't the main problem with Bolton, not Bolton but Bush?

Posted by Graeme Edgeler : 11/10/2006 02:18:00 PM

bolton is a complete nutter.
would you like a list of relevant quotes?

Posted by Anonymous : 11/10/2006 03:42:00 PM

Bolton is an asshole, but the rampant corruption of the UN needs to be tackled. And quickly.

Posted by Anonymous : 11/10/2006 04:28:00 PM

I'd prefer slowly and thoroughly but immediately.

Posted by Anonymous : 11/10/2006 11:12:00 PM

Graeme: recess appointments of the same person to the same post can't be repeated. It's possible there's some more picky procedural trick (appoint somebody else, have them resign, appoint Bolton), but that just looks desperate.

Posted by Anonymous : 11/10/2006 11:34:00 PM

anon 5 - I didn't know that, I'm interested where that rule comes from (i.e. it's not in the Constitution); have you a source?

Posted by Graeme Edgeler : 11/11/2006 01:46:00 AM

Graeme: I don't have an actual legal source, no, but it is mentioned fairly frequently in articles in the US media. My suspicion is that at some point the courts have ruled that otherwise it would be essentially removing the "advise and consent" power of the Senate.

Posted by Anonymous : 11/11/2006 11:34:00 AM