The President is asking the Senate to give full confirmation to John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Good for him. Bolton is the most qualified, most capable fellow the U.S. has ever sent to the UN in large part because he is willing to defend American interests against our fiercest antagonists and refuses to be used as a doormat for the international riff-raff in Turtle Bay.
But that is precisely what has the Bolton-bashing Arianna Huffington in a tizzy. According to Arianna, “Bolton has turned out to be the living, breathing, scowling embodiment of the Bush administration’s bankrupt cowboy-style ‘diplomacy.'” Corruption and anti-Americanism at the UN seem to mean little to Arianna and her leftist friends. They have adopted Kofi Annan as their political savior because he is the global salesmen for the animosity the American Left has for this administration.
When the fight over John Bolton takes place this Thursday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expect more of the over-heated rhetoric from Arianna, describing Bolton’s “arrogant, smug, undiplomatic approach at the UN,” as a reason to withhold confirmation. But the left is using Bolton’s blunt approach to disguise the fact that they have transferred their loyalty from the United States to the United Nations. They believe more deeply in the UN Charter than in the Constitution. They have more faith in Kofi Annan and Mark Malloch-Brown than in George Bush and Dick Cheney.
After all, when was the last time Arianna denounced UN Goodwill Ambassadors like Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover and Susan Sarandon who use undiplomatic language about our national leaders, but speak on behalf on the UN?
At the United Nations, John Bolton has tried to reform a corrupt institution. He has defended the interests of American taxpayers against international tax advocates. He has protected the 2nd Amendment from global gun-grabbers. He has been a champion for a true human rights apparatus at the UN. He has tried valiantly to get the UN to focus on the problems of international terrorism. The man should be given a megaphone, a medal and confirmation by the Senate. Let’s see if he gets it.