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Monday, August 01, 2005

Gong Show 

Unable to think of a nominee who could conceivably get past Congress without having to lie, President Bush today used a recess appointment to install John Bolton as ambassador to the U.N. -- where he will undertake "needed reform," defined as pitching a psychotic hissy fit should that international peacekeeping body question the divine right of the U.S. to nuke Iran.

According to the Guardian, Mr. Bolton told a press conference that he was "profoundly honored and humbled" by the appointment. "Humbled" we can certainly understand, since the recess appointment represents an embarrassingly blunt admission by the President that Bolton could not have won confirmation on his own merits. "Honored" we take as sheer vaudeville; compare the reaction of Clinton nominee Richard Holbrooke who, despite the fact that his nomination was held up for fourteen months by a Republican congress, managed to retain a shred of dignity and self-respect:
At one point during the long stalemate, White House officials raised the prospect of a recess appointment with Holbrooke, according to two people who were involved in the matter. Holbrooke refused, saying it would diminish his credibility at UN.
Thanks to our distinguished colleagues at Crooks & Liars, who furnished several of the links above, you may see the new ambassador being roundly booed as he enters U.N. Plaza here.

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