Friday, March 11, 2005

Bolton Bust

    [John Whitehead, the former top Goldman Sachs banker and deputy secretary of state in the Reagan administration] speech was eloquent and gracious but the sting came in the tail. After lamenting the loss of respect for the US in the rest of the world in the first Bush term, Whitehead said he admired the president's inaugural speech promoting democracy and combatting tyranny.

    He then turned to the nomination of John Bolton, the hard-boiled rightwinger, for US ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton, declared Whitehead, was not the right person for the job.

    So far Bolton's nomination has triggered spluttering among Democrats but no outright rebellion in the US Senate. Now comes the question of whether moderate Republicans are prepared to join Whitehead, who took part in the invasions of Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, in the fight. Do not bet the farm.

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