Further to Booman’s diary here last week Is John Bolton’s Confirmation in Trouble? I noticed the following encouraging opposition to John Bolton’s nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

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Three more former American diplomats have signed a letter (you’ll need to scroll down a little for the letter) opposing the nomination of John Bolton to US ambassador to the U.N., bringing the total to 62.

Some 59 former American diplomats had written, to declare their opposition to Boltons appointment, to Sen.Richard.G.Lugar (R-Ind) chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has scheduled hearings on Bolton’s nomination for April 7.

Some choice quotes from the letter

his past activities and statements indicate conclusively that he is the wrong man for this position

We urge you to oppose his nomination

John Bolton has an exceptional record of opposition to efforts to enhance U.S. security through arms control

John Bolton’s insistence that the UN is valuable only when it directly serves the United States, and that the most effective Security Council would be one where the U.S. is the only permanent member, will not help him to negotiate with representatives of the remaining 96% of humanity

Meanwhile, just as an illustration of the b.s. this administration comes out with (not that it needs illustrating, but humour me)

Stephen Hadley, National Security Adviser, 14/3/05 :

John Bolton is a very effective guy who cares about the United Nations

John Bolton, World Federalist Association speech, 3/2/94 :

there is no such thing as the United Nations,…..if the UN secretary building in New York lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.

pretty caring I’d say.

Finally for the best information as this story develops, I’d recommend Steve Clemons Washington Note

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