Bush appoints John Bolton to the UN during Congressional
August 2nd 2005
President George Bush appointed John Bolton,
longtime Dick Cheney protégé, as US ambassador to the United Nations
(UN) following a recent passage of legislation cutting US financial
support for the UN. Support is contingent on major changes at the
UN.. Bush’s recess appointment can be seen as a message to UN
Secretary General Koi Annan that the Bush Administration is serious
The appointment came in Monday right after
Congress went into recess for a month long summer break. After five
months of debate in the Senate over the Presidents choice of
ambassador, the appointment came as no surprise. This is the first
time in history that a recess appointment has been made for US
Ambassador to the UN. .
The appointment is not without
controversy. It appears, according to Senate hearings, that
Bolton hyped up intelligence on Iran, Syria and Cuba. He has also
used National Security Agency intercepts to spy on co-workers, and
possibly bullied them.
It was Bolton who created a false fact sheet that
asserted that Saddam Hussein was attempting to buy enriched Uranium
from Niger. Ambassador Joseph Wilson debunked the Uranium story.
Soon after this someone in the administration revealed that his
wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent.
Bolton had trouble clearing Congressional approval
because of these issues. He also lied to Congress claiming he had
not been interviewed or has testified in any investigation over the
past five years. Bolton had been interviewed in 2003 by the State
Department inspector general as part of a joint CIA investigation
into skewed pre-war Iraqi intelligence.
Since the appointment was made during
Congressional recess it will only last until January 2007. The
administration is hopeful this is enough time to make changes in the
restructuring of the Human Rights Commission, among other things.
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