And Bush Wants Bolton to Clean Up Oil-For-Food? Check Out This Web of Intrigue Between Jesse Helms, John Bolton, His Law Firm, and its Client

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This is intriguing. Bolton’s ethically challenged pettiness rages full throttle in the tale that follows. Do read the three excerpts. First, in November 1987, Legal Times writer James Lyons reported that: The once mighty National Congressional Club has fallen on hard times. The club, the Raleigh, N.C.-based right-wing political action committee associated with Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), has a $ 900,000 debt, according to Federal Election Commission records. Carter Wrenn, the club’s treasurer, says that the PAC has been forced…

Maura Moynihan to John Bolton: You, Sir, ARE NO DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN

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Lots of right-wing pundits (I won’t call them conservatives — because most conservatives I know are with the centrists and liberals when it comes to the issue of John Bolton) invoked the name of late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in trying to buff up the tarnished image of John Bolton as George Bush’s ambassadorial nominee to the U.N. Now, his daughter Maura sets the record straight on the type of Ambassadorial nominee who would be in the “spirit of the…

David Corn had the Goods on John Bolton in 1989: Bolton Failed to Respond to Kerry’s Inquiry on Contra Drug Smuggling

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Here is an excellent write-up by David Corn on the long litany of reasons why John Bolton is really up for the wrong job. Amusingly, David forgot he had co-written one of the best pieces on Bolton’s bad side 16 years ago for The Nation. I posted an excerpt of the David Corn/Jefferson Morley piece the day before yesterday, but here it is again: Bolton’s record as Assistant AG for the Office of Legislative Affairs in 1986 and 1987 merits…

Watch the Ad on Bolton and Call YOUR Senators

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Citizens for Global Solutions has taken its video clip of John Bolton arguing against the very concept of the United Nations and has turned it into a compelling television commercial. The commercial starts running in TV markets tomorrow. Here is an excerpt from the announcement: On Thursday, March 31st StopBolton.org will air television advertisements on three major Rhode Island TV stations in opposition to the nomination of John Bolton for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The advertisements state that…

WHITE HOUSE WORRIED: Reports are that “Full-Court Press” On to Keep All 10 Committee Republicans Behind Bolton

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This was the lead piece in the latest CQ Today U.N. NOMINEE BOLTON GETS SCRUTINY FROM SENATE DEMOCRATS Senate Democrats are digging through John R. Bolton’s record to see whether there is enough controversy in his hard-line views on international security to derail his nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton, who has been a vocal critic of the United Nations for years, faces a daylong Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on April 7. Committee Democrats appear to…

Colin Powell Reports He Was Furious That He Was Misled About WMDs

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has reported to Stern Magazine in Germany that he was furious that he was misled about Iraq’s WMD programs before his February 2003 address to the U.N. Security Council. Unfortunately, TWN tried but failed to get folks at Stern to ask Secretary Powell what his true feelings about John Bolton were. Still ripe for more investigation is John Bolton’s role inside the Department of State promulgating the Niger-Uranium story after State and CIA intelligence…

Will the REAL John Bolton Please Identify Yourself?

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While Senior Vice President at the American Enterprise Institute, John Bolton wrote this about the United Nations: Here is an excerpt that appeared today at ThinkProgress.com: This deep philosophical disjunction between the prevailing ethos of the United Nations and the fundamental American approach to governance is not something that will change in the foreseeable future. What, then, does the foregoing analysis mean for the United Nations, and for America’s role within the organization? It means primarily that the rest of…

John Bolton: A Loose Cannon on ABM Treaty; Angered White House and Powell

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I have spoken to several current and former senior foreign policy officials yesterday and this morning regarding John Bolton. Their chorus is the same. They report that Colin Powell and Richard Armitage hated dealing with Bolton and that Powell did not want Bolton on his team. No one trusts him. He is lustful for power and position, disdainful of process, and frequently sees it as his right and obligation to “make his own weather” when it comes to foreign policy….

George Bush’s Former UN Amb. John Danforth: This is Not the Republican Party I Know

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Former Republican Senator and immediate past United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth on what Republicanism used to be about: During the 18 years I served in the Senate, Republicans often disagreed with each other. But there was much that held us together. We believed in limited government, in keeping light the burden of taxation and regulation. We encouraged the private sector, so that a free economy might thrive. We believed that judges should interpret the law, not…