Friday, May 27, 2005

The John Bolton nomination

For a good example of what is missing in the U.S. these days and what they really could use a bit more of, see U.S. Senator George Voinovich's statement to the Senate of May 25th on the Bolton nomination (starting at page S5892 of the May 25th Daily digest). A Senate Republican really makes it clear that Colin Powell and over 100 members of the diplomatic corps object to this nomination, that the guy has a real temperament problem and that countries around the world are shaking their heads in disbelief at this nominee. He reiterates over and over in his statement that the U.S. needs to step up their public diplomacy. You can almost hear the desperation in his voice as you read through this statement as he likely knows that the majority of Republicans will vote in lockstep to support "the President's nominee," likely out of fear of the wrath of the White House, instead of voting their consciences. A few senators have stated that if there were an anonymous vote, Bolton would never be confirmed. Says something quite sad about the health of the American democracy. It is broken.