John Bolton: No Longer an Obscure Bureaucrat


When I was thinking about launching a civil society battle over John Bolton’s nomination to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations and planned to do what I could to block his Senate confirmation, I talked to a few Senators about it — on both sides of the aisle. One prominent Senator told me:

Steve, I don’t like John Bolton any more than you do, but he’s an obscure bureaucrat going for a job nobody cares about.
Unless someone creates the political space and turns him into a household name, there’s nothing we can do to stop this.

Well, we created the political space, turned John Bolton into a household name, and stopped his Senate confirmation.
But he’s doing just fine in book sales, keynote conference roles, and speech fees. He may not want to admit it, but TWN played a role in helping him get known. . .a small price to pay we think for moving him out of the United Nations.
As the Washington Post writes:

Those who can get Senate confirmation, do; those who can’t . . . keynote? John R. Bolton, who never got the chamber’s approval to become ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the spotlight speech at today’s launch of Global Governance Watch, a joint project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society.

More later.
— Steve Clemons


31 comments on “John Bolton: No Longer an Obscure Bureaucrat

  1. Tony says:

    Hi Steve –
    Is this AIE-FS project any more likely to have an impact than their NGOWatch project from a few years back? Will it just be another home for those who have already made up their minds, or should I actually pay attention to it?


  2. Tony Foresta says:

    True that Kathleen.


  3. Kathleen says:

    Tony…glad you liked the link..the author, William Douglas wrote the words you cited, tho. On the subject of rational people burying our heads in the sand, people of good will are reluctant to believe the worst of people and institutions we are taught to trust. So, we try to find other explanations for ugly thruthes. It’s why The Big Lie works so well. At some point tho, we must face reality and at least be willing to ask questions, get answers, and do the right thing by our Constitution. That “SELF” gov’t requires of its citizens.


  4. Tony Foresta says:

    Nice link Kathleen. Hopefully, for the sake of America, our children’s future, the freedom loving people everywhere – you are correct that “The ability of otherwise rational people to continue to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to the glaring problems with the U.S. government’s official story of the attacks of 9/11 . . . appears to be nearing a rapidly escalating end.”
    “Deliver us from evil!”


  5. Kathleen says:

    I’m encouraged by the UN’s potential study on 9/11.
    NY Sun Reports on U.N. Official\’s Call for Study of U.S. Govt. Role in 9/11 Attacks’ digg_url=’’;digg_title=’NY
    The ability of otherwise rational people to continue to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to the glaring problems with the U.S. government’s official story of the attacks of 9/11 . . . appears to be nearing a rapidly escalating end.
    Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels stated at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials, “Propaganda is not meant to fool the intelligencia, it is merely meant to provide them an excuse to avoid seeing ugly realities, they’d sooner not believe.”
    On April 10, 2008, the New York Sun Newspaper reported on a new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel, who is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Sun reported that the UN official calling for the 9/11-neocon link study, who was unanimously appointed to his UN position on March 26, is Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University.
    This explosive development builds on a growing tsunami of such demands. Years ago former German national minister and parliamentarian Andreas Von Bulow, was joined by UK former national minister and parliamentarian, in stating that the evidence indicates that 9/11 was orchestrated by elements within the U.S. government.
    Around that time I had the opportunity to interview Paul Hellyer, who served as a Canadian Minister of National Defence. In that role Hellyer was very familiar with normal NORAD Air Defence procedures, and expressed to me his deep concern that the US Air Force was mysteriously absent on the morning of 9/11, and that he felt an urgent need for a new investigation.
    Since then hundreds of military, intelligence, engineering, architectural, and government experts have come out publicly doubting the official story, and many saying outright that the evidence indicates that elements of the U.S. government had to have executed the attacks of September 11, 2001. Their statements are available for viewing at
    The tsunami of international suspicion preceding this week’s explosive demand by the U.N. official, appeared to have crested and begun its crushing descent in the last few weeks, which began when Japanese Senator Fujita grilled the Japanese Prime Minister on national television for nearly 30 minutes. In that time Fujita laid out and presented graphics indicating that the American government had not only lied to Japan about 9/11, but that pointed to likely US government involvement in the attacks. Fujita stated that many ministers of the Japanese Parliament thanked him for his courage and expressed their own suspicions of the US Government’s official 9/11 story.
    This was followed by Italian European Parliamentarian, Guilietto Chiesa, who invited his colleagues at the European Parliament, and the press, to attend the screening and debate of the Italian-produced documentary named ‘ZERO, an investigation into the events of 9/11’. Chiesa too has indicated that other parliamentarians share his concerns about the official story about 9/11, who are yet to go public with such concerns.
    This jives with my experience when years ago, as the Director of National 911 Visibility, I began corresponding with Paul Lannoye, a European Parliamentarian who represented Belgium. The result of our communications was revealed in the following letter, Parliamentarian Lannoye later released on 24 May, 2004
    Dear World Legislators, Parliamentarians, and World Citizens,
    We have watched with alarm that the sad and tragic events of 9-11 (11 September, 2001) have resulted in two wars and a global rollback in civil liberties. Iraq had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks, yet it has been attacked in the name of them. People in countries worldwide have suffered reduced civil liberties in the name of 9-11, and intelligence surveillance of ordinary citizens has expanded dramatically.
    I submit to you that before any more wars are launched or liberties are lost in the name of the “war on terror” launched by the Bush Administration after 9-11, a full international inquiry into the events leading up to and on 9-11 be held, which includes 9-11 victims’ family members from the U.S. and other nations.
    The National Green Party of the United States has requested an open independent 9-11 investigation that would involve 9-11 victims’ family members. This is a good start, but it must also be an international inquiry in addition that includes 9-11 family members from nations worldwide who lost loved ones in the 9-11 attacks.
    We need this to occur because many, including the 9-11 Family Steering Committee (U.S.), are growing increasingly frustrated with the stunning lack of hard questions for witnesses appearing before the 9-11 Commission. Until these hard questions are asked and fully answered, we should refuse more wars, and renounce reduced liberty worldwide in the name of 9-11 and it’s resultant war on terror . . .
    . . . I implore legislators, parliamentarians, and citizens worldwide to become involved in the global 9-11 Truth Movement by signing up at and These organizations have worked with 9-11 family members, and citizens worldwide to lobby government, media, and the 9-11 Commission to demand truth, and to hold public actions to educate the world about the apparent 9-11 cover up.
    Warm regards,
    By William E. Douglas, Jr., who is author of “The Amateur Parent – A Book on Life, Death, War & Peace, and Everything Else in the Universe.” Bill has been a guest columnist for the Kansas City Star, The Business Journal, and other media worldwide. His past essays include, “Exposing the 9/11 Conspiracy Wingnuts,” “The Explosion of the 9-11 Truth Movement — US Media’s Dirty Little Secret,” “Good Night, and Good Luck – WMD, NIST, Popular Mechanics, 9/11 and Media Crimes” and also “Why the Jewish Community Should Demand 9/11 Truth


  6. shannon says:

    Look who is the economic advisor to John McCain……Hassett from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) the Zio-Con shadow government body who brought us the Iraq war………..what is humorous if there is anything humorous is that the AEI now pretends that they hardly know G.W. Bush because their policies have been a disaster and a total failure…..if you Google the American Enterprise Institute and look to see who is involved with them, you will see a roster that has held power in this country from the beginning of the Bush era, most have either been in his cabinet or have been directing policy at the Pentagon.


  7. Tony Foresta says:

    Point taken Paul Norheim. And a thousand thanks for being the first person on this site to actually admit the obvious fact that “there are unfortunately some striking similarities between the WH these days and the historical phenomenon called “fascism”. This particular point (The Bush government is fascist) has been one I have been driving hard for years, and one that is just now more and more often recognized and mentioned even in the socalled MSM. My dread concern and perhaps anger is rooted in the failure to answer relevent questions, the FAILURE to examine investigate relevent abuses deceptions, crimes, and wanton profiteering, and the FAILURE of gentlmen like Mr. Clemmons who walks in these circles to demand accountability from the fascists in the Bush government.
    If you review my posts, the original comment was a question as to why would Mr. Clemmons afford a fascist and pathological liar like Bolton who lies repeatedly and insistantly to the American people, any credibility or legitimacy.
    After some responses, the 9/11 issue entered the mix. I was there too, and I lived through those days, and there are many more questions than answers with regard to 9/11, and from this Americans perspective absolutely no justification for morphing America into a fascist state ruled by tyrannical dictators, pathological liars, and wanton profiteers.
    You took offense to comment I wrote that should have said: (“Fascists in the Bush government like Bolton are accountable and culpable for (either) woeful incompetence and calamitous failure, acquiescence, (or)complicity in the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11.”) Bolton is a card carrying klan member fof the neocon who commandeer the American government today. I stand on this claim. The only reason there are no solid answers and proofs to any of these claims, is because the American people have beed DENIED a 9/11 investigation. Furhter and more treacherous and treasonous is the fact that the fascists in the Bush government, and Bolton is one of the worst abusers of this crime)then and now intentionally cloak, suppress, subvert, undermine, prohibit, and prevent a real, genuine non-partisan, open, public investigation into the massmurder and mayhem operations of 9/11, and conjured, organized, and ruthless controlled the 9/11 whitewash, I mean the socalled 9/11 investigation.
    Riddle me this Paul Norheim – why would the fascists in the Bush government seek to suppress or prevent a 9/11 investigation?
    I do not expect anyone to agree with me, but I do expect and challenge people to examine the facts. Sibel Endmonds, Indira Singh, Ptech, Operations Vigilant Guardian and Warrior, and Northern Vigilance and Guardian, the lack of forensics investigations on any 9/11 site, and numerous other unanswered questions remain critical and relevent to undestanding what happened and how, and by whom on that day. These issues are never resolved, because each one of them in intentionally and ruthlessly suppressed, cloaked, silenced, gagged, and NOT investigated.
    “Deliver us from evil!”


  8. Sudhir Afridi says:

    By Sudhir Ahmad Afridi
    The Afghan government released seven tribesmen in Kabul here on Tuesday.
    The Afghan government had arrested some seven tribesmen hailing from Khyber Agency some two months back on charges of thefting from containers. Sharif, Israr, Muzalif Shah Karim and others were on duty as security guards with the containers going to Kabul and Bagram, but an Afghan had blamed them for misconduct and carelessness due to which they languished in jail in Kabul some more than two months. In reaction their families hijacked the Pak Afghan Friendship bus twice full of passengers to press the Afghan government to release their captive persons, as they were innocent. A Jirga of tribal elders comprising Malik Darya Khan and Malik Abdul Haleem held talks with the Afghan counselor general in Peshawar in order to release them. Today on Tuesday the Afghan government released them respectfully as a token of friendship of the Afghans with the tribesmen.


  9. Sudhir Afridi says:

    By Sudhir Ahmad Afridi
    Thunderstorm killed two persons in Landikotal and injured five others here on Tuesday.
    These seven persons hailing from Sheikhmal Khel Shinwari tribe had blocked the Shinwari Shelman road in protest against the expected advent of Lashker Islam and against the law and order situation in the area. These seven persons were sitting in a tent on the top of Haidery Kanadao when thunderstorm struck them all of a sudden. The two were killed on the spot while the five injured were rushed to Landikotal hospital who had sustained minor injuries. Qamar Zaman and Sadiq Shinwari were killed whereas Yaghistan, Hazrat, Muhammad Azam, Kala Shah and Muhammad Omer were among the injured ones.
    Meanwhile the supporters of Lashker Islam began patrolling movement in Landikotal bazaar and in Khyber area. The ten vehicles one after the other are patrolling and playing songs of Lashker Islam. They have erected black flags of Lashker Islam on their vehicles. While on the other hand the protesters reopened the road at Khyber Wali Khel for the time being.
    The FC forces along with Khasadar Force also began patrolling in 40 vehicles on the main Shakas Jamrud road to avert the bloody conflict between the Lashker and the Koki Khel tribe in Jamrud.If the situation gets out of control and going towards bloody tussle between the two sides then FC Forces would take action against them and would disarm them, told an official source.


  10. kotzabasis says:

    The weaklings and the intellectual OBSCURANTISTS have an inveterate propensity to call the strong and intellectually unassailable OBSCURE. Only by projection can they escape from their weak nature and spiritual bankruptcy.


  11. Paul Norheim says:

    Tony Foresta:
    There are a lot of unanswered questions about 9/11, but I`ve
    never seen anyone before publicly suggesting John Bolton
    specifically being among the responsible for that act, and I
    can`t see any point in doing so, without supporting it by more
    than the well known facts about the guy. Being one of the most
    dangerously aggressive personalities in American politics does
    not automatically qualify of being guilty for 9/11 – except on
    the internet.
    Re the current US government & fascism: there are plenty of
    symptoms that support such a suggestion; one of the clearest
    being Dick Cheney`s, John Yoo`s, Addingtons, and other
    gentlemen`s efforts to put the President in a legal limbo above
    the law (and America`s current enemies below the law, in a
    legal black hole).
    So my answer – which I did not have to give you, as you had no
    reason to believe from what I wrote above that I thought that
    everything was fine & hallelujah with the current US
    administration – my answer is: yeah, there are unfortunately
    some striking similarities between the WH these days and the
    historical phenomenon called “fascism”.
    You assume a lot of stuff about me, as you assume a lot of stuff
    about others. My simple point was that you should support your
    allegations with facts pointing in the same direction. If you
    accused Bolton of eating children for breakfast, and I said
    you`re wrong, that does not imply that I support his agressive
    stand on North Korea and Iran. And blaming him for eating
    children for breakfast, does not help the efforts of fighting the
    horrible opinions he actually has.
    When it comes to your really ridiculous claim, your “Shame
    Steve, Shame!” – blaming him for not exposing Bolton, the facts
    are actually pointing in the opposite direction.
    The problem is not so much that you`re “wrong” (or that I`am
    “right”); the problem is that you are right about a lot, but angry;
    and very eager to blame both those who deserve it and some
    who don`t. If you blame Steve Clemons for not exposing
    Bolton, nobody will listen the day you deliver criticism that he
    You are demanding from everybody who disagree with you (now
    me; yesterday “David”) to “google” on this and that. Why should
    we, when you obviously haven`t done your own googling
    homework on Clemons+Bolton+US Ambassador to the United
    Thus my “aspersions”.


  12. Tony Foresta says:

    I’ll accept your aspersions Paul Norheim, if you accept that the Bush government’s (and Bolten is card carrying member and arch partisan of the fascists in the Bush government) narrative and parables involving 9/11 are full of deep festering black holes, and hollow. Look up the word fascist, compare the Bush government and Bolten ideologies, policies, practices, language, and machinations and get back to me.
    Google Indira Singh, and Ptech if you dare.
    Mountains of well documented evidence (some of which I alluded to above) exists and has subsequently been revealed in Congressional testimony proving there are far more questions surrounding 9/11 than there are answers.
    All we have now, is the 9/11 whitewash, – I mean investigation, (and recall if you dare the two year ruthless effort by the fascists in the Bush government to thwart and prevent any investigation into 9/11, the dismissing of the families of the victims of 9/11 prior to the investigation, the relentless and continuing refusal to share, and to silence vital information regarding 9/11, the hoisting of Kissinger to head the original investigation, and the partisan manipulative actions of the investigation that witheld vital information for political purposes to allow the fascists in the Bush government to steal the 2004 election, the shielding, defending, protecting of, and pandering to Saudi Arabia, the spriting out of the country 140 Saudi nationals including Bin Laden family members in the dark days and weeks after 9/11 when most Americans were prohibited from flying) and countless other abuses, deceptions, failures, treasons, and crimes – and the sad reality is that until and unless the American people demand and are granted a real honest objective investigation into the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11, – you will believe your parables, and I will believe mine. The only way to reconcile these divides is to prosecute a real genuine non partisan investigation into the events of 9/11, come what may.
    Do your own google on Bolton as well, and you will see an individual defined by neocon, or Vulcan, or fascist cabals or klans and ideologies who like Boltons’ masters in the Bush government seek to redefine and commandeer America, to pervert and betray every principle that formally defined America, to shapeshift America into a totalitarian dictatorship sanctioned by thier vengeful wrathful godz to operate above, beyond, outside, and in total disdain of the Constitution and the rule of law, and to profiteer wantonly in and from the nefarious process.
    My thoughts are clear, and what you proclaim as poliical discussion is babal, gibberish, unmitigated nonesense.
    Angry or bitter? Perhaps. From my perspective it is more a matter of dread concern for the mangled, dismembered, reengineered, and fascist America my daughter will inherit, the systemic and endemic lawlessness of our socalled leadership, the perversion and betrayal of America’s most sacred principles, of the rule of law, and of the Constitution, and of the wanton profiteering by the fascists in the Bush government.
    I could fill pages and consume terra bytes of space detailing the crimes, malfeasance, treasons, and wanton profiteering of the fascists in the Bush government, – and all you, and people like you will say is my sources are suspect, and I that am a lefym marxist, lunatic conspiratorialist, or similar slime. Have it your way brother.
    If you are right, and I am wrong, – all is well in the land of Oz.
    If I am right and you are wrong, – then woe to America for we are, under the fascists in the Bush government, the great satan and we will suffer, burden, and hazard the consequences of that preverion, retardation, and betrayal of America.
    We will never know the truth of these matters until and unless there are serious public investigations by truly bipartisan committee’s, demanding and gleaning access to the Bush governments records, and formulating decisions based not on politics (or protecting or cloaking the fascists in the Bush government), – but on truth, and facts – on discovering and documenting the TRUTH and the FACTS involving the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11.
    Until that day my brother people like you will dismiss people like me as angry or lunatic, or conspiratorial, or anti-American, or unpatriotic, or someone who does not love the babyjesus, – but we all (you and I and everyone) will live in darkness, in the murky realms of the unknown unknowns without any real factual explanation for, or understanding causes of, and agents involved in the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11.
    “Deliver us from evil”


  13. TokyoTom says:

    Steve, one wishes that AEI and the Federalist Society would display even a fraction of the same interest watching and analysing the misgovernance of the US federal government.
    Of course there are issues about how well the UN is governed, but they clearly pale in comparison to our own problems – which hearten kleptocrats and tyrants around the world.


  14. Paul Norheim says:

    “Fascists (…) like Bolton are accountable and culpable for either
    woeful incompetence and calamitous failure, acquiescence,
    complicity in the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11.”
    Tony Foresta, most people here agree that Bolton is one of the
    bad guys. But how did you come to the serious conclusion that
    he could be one of those responsible for 9/11? Any evidence?
    Or did you think something like: 9/11 was horrible; Bolton is
    horrible – ergo… guilty!
    Or perhaps not guilty, just incompetent. Perhaps, and then
    perhaps not.
    Perhaps you`re right, Tony.
    Or perhaps you`re just angry?
    And perhaps so angry that you even blame “Steve” (could that
    be Mr. Clemons?) for not exposing Bolton?
    I find it hard to see how pure anger and frustration, not
    supported by facts, nor by clear thoughts, can be of any use in
    a political discussion.


  15. Tony Foresta says:

    Compelling commentary David. If as you say “The impact of the jet, the kerosene and the materials of which the jet were constructed burning and creating its own bellows, as any intense fire does – there was no way those supports wouldn’t weaken and the buildings come down with a vengeance”, and the planes alone brought down the World Trade Center Towers, – and the Bush governments narrative regarding 9/11 is true, – then why was there no forensics investigation on any of the events of 9/11. The impact zone around the Pentagon did not appear to reflect an aircraft strike. Where were the wings, the tail section. Pennsylvania showed no signs of an aircraft whatsoever, and only a large smouldering impact crater. The fascists in the Bush government have their speak, we have ours. Do your own google, and we can argue this or that fact or socalled conspiracy theory, but the sad grim horrible reality ALL AMERICANS MUST MUSTER THE COURAGE to demand a real investigation into the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11. Ptech and Indira Singh, Sibel Edmonds, Operations Vigilant Guardian and Warrior, Northern Vigilance and Guardian remain cloaked, unexplored, un-investigated, and RELEVENT!!!!
    The Bush government parable and Rendon Group fiction and narrative of 9/11 is hollow and moot. Whatever the truth may be, – it obviously has nothing to do with anything the fascists in the Bush government brute.
    Fascists in the Bush government like Bolton are accountable and culpable for either woeful incompetence and calamitous failure, acquiescence, complicity in the massmurder and mayhem of 9/11. It is only the lack of investigation, and Bush government cloaking and suppressing of 9/11 forensic examinations that blinds America to these truths. We are fed a fictional parable and unholy gospel describing the imponderable events of 9/11, which just so happen to perfectly align with the PNAC pipedreams bespeaking of PearlHarborlikeevents, supremist America, commandeering control of the worlds oil supply with the terrible swift sword of America’s hypersuperior military, and private military forces.
    Shame Steve, Shame! Any commentary that does not expose the ruthless ambitions and fascist designs and machinations of creeps like Bolton, does not deserve the peoples attention.


  16. PissedOffAmerican says:

    You don’t even know what I’m talking about when I mention Building Seven, do you, David? I suggest you do a little research, then venture to comment.
    For your information, the so-called “9/11 Commission” could not explain why Building Seven collapsed, either.
    BTW, I watched it live, as well. From the first minute the media started filming it. And I knew then, as I know now, that there is NO FUCKIN’ WAY that three buildings could all fall within their own footprints. One, maybe. Two, improbable. Three???? An impossibility.
    Now, I haven’t a clue what happened on 9/11. But I do know that what we have been told happened is pure unmittigated bullshit.
    And I apologize in advance, but I gotta say, anyone that believes the cock and bull story we have been fed about 9/11 is a complete and utter idiot.


  17. David says:

    I watched 9/11 in real time, watched the second plane hit the second tower, thinking at first that it was a helicopter approaching to lend some kind of assistance. Then I saw it hit the tower. I told my Sweetie that the buildings would accordian, and that I did not understand why they weren’t getting everyone they could out and as far away as possible immediately. I am not a structural engineer, and my experience in construction is quite limited, but I have seen a hotel under construction collapse when an upper floor failed. The impact of the jet, the kerosene and the materials of which the jet were constructed burning and creating its own bellows, as any intense fire does – there was no way those supports wouldn’t weaken and the buildings come down with a vengeance. That was not just a fire in some rooms, and that jet was going how fast when it struck the building? I do not trust the neocons any further than I can spit – the idiots started a war of choice, a war of aggression, a war which has destroyed another nation physically and our own morally, and they did it by lying, conniving, and ruthlessly attacking anyone who challenged them, destroying no less than a CIA operative in an act of unmitigated treason.
    I have no idea what any of those people were thinking or doing, besides ignoring the warnings because they were more interested in Star Wars and couldn’t be bothered with people running down the hall with their hair on fire over terrorist threats.
    But this is one conspiracy theory I do not trust, nor do I trust the motives of the people promoting it. For me, the real tragedy is that there was a reasonable chance 9/11 could have been prevented had we had a competent president and vice-president. But we have instead the two biggest failures, the two biggest losers, in American history at the helm.


  18. ... says:

    yea, don’t get poa started on this!!


  19. ... says:

    bush admin has tried to indocrinate the ordinary american into believing the un is essentially satan incorporated… it appears they have succeeded for the most part.. i can just see the ordinary american paying attention to what the un has to say, when the torturer in command ignores them regularly..


  20. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Gee, you mean someone might actually ask what brought down Building Seven?
    What, they don’t think a few dozen steel support columns could all fail simultaneously?
    Well, perhaps they should get Chertoff’s cousin, Benjamin, to explain it to us.
    Sarcasm aside, how anyone can believe the “official story” behind 9/11 is completely beyond me. Its as though an entire nation of people have all had lobotomies.


  21. Kathleen says:

    …Falk is talking about the UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL doing the study..that’s a very different kettle of fish than our own internal whitewash 9/11 Commission. It could get very uncomfortable.


  22. bangzoom14 says:

    Ahh yes, wouldn’t it be about time for us to fully, yes fully investigate the entire 9/11 nightmare and whatever role the neocons played. What are we waiting for?


  23. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Oh man, I love this !!! Perhaps he can sign on to clean toilets at Gitmo.
    Wanted: Disgraced Former Administration Official with Zero Credibility
    By Paul Kiel – April 14, 2008, 1:15PM
    Somehow things just aren’t working out for Alberto Gonzales:
    Alberto R. Gonzales, like many others recently unemployed, has discovered how difficult it can be to find a new job. Mr. Gonzales, the former attorney general, who was forced to resign last year, has been unable to interest law firms in adding his name to their roster, Washington lawyers and his associates said in recent interviews….
    The greatest impediment to Mr. Gonzales’s being offered the kind of high-salary job being snagged these days by lesser Justice Department officials, many lawyers agree, is his performance during his last few months in office. In that period, he was openly criticized by lawmakers for being untruthful in his sworn testimony. His conduct is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department, which could recommend actions from exonerating him to recommending criminal charges.


  24. Tony Foresta says:

    Why would anyone afford a rank fascist and pathological liar like Bolton one nanopartical of respect, goodwill, trust, credibility, or legitimacy?
    Boltons’ backdoor, behind the people’s back, underhanded appointment by the facists in the Bush government to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations had absolutely nothing to do with competence, the appropriate skill set, or capabilities required to represent America before the UN, and everything to do with rabid robopathic loyalty, and blind obedience to the facsists designs, machinations, and individuals in the Bush government.
    Like dear leader, azmodeous – I mean cheney, and all the other fascists in the Bush government; Bolton is a chicken hawk who dodged service in Viet Nam, a belligerant brute to anyone who does not abide the PNAC pipedreams, fascist machinations, and wanton profiteering of the fascists in the Bush government and a pathological liar, who continually spits lie after lie, after lie into the face of the American people.
    Ignore this fascist. His commentary, pursuits, and idea’s are perverted, brutish, supremist, and fascists “having no more substance or moral dignity than a shout.”
    “Deliver us from evil!”


  25. ... says:

    richard falk can call for a study into 9-11 and neocon links, but chances are it won’t get off the ground, or if it does it will be headed by some bimbo who isn’t interested in getting at anything resembling the truth..


  26. Kathleen says:

    Bolton is going to love this… NY Sun Reports that a UN Offical, newly and unanimously appointed to the UN Human Rights Council, Richard Falk, Milbamk Professor Emeritus, International Studies is calling for a study on the role of the US Gov’t in 9/11 and links to neocons.
    Perhaps it’s time for Bill Maher to take his meds????


  27. John B. says:

    Allright…a joint venture by AEI and the FS. That ought to be a barrel of fun, you know like with monkeys.


  28. Kathleen says:

    TWN certainly did..


  29. Zathras says:

    “Wingnuts welfare,” indeed. As far as I can tell, cashing in public positions for private gain is standard operating procedure for any public figure able to attain the slightest bit of notoriety. Its leading exemplars are the former President of the United States and his wife.
    I’m not likely to be mistaken for a John Bolton fan, but in all fairness he is doing what everyone else seems to be doing as well. And I’m reasonably sure he wrote most of his own book.


  30. Joe Klein's conscience says:

    Name or not, he would have gotten jobs at AEI or the Federalist Society. It’s the way wingnut welfare works. Who do you think is buying those books of his? O’Falafel and Michelle Malkin fans. That’s who. And most of them probably never even read it. They just buy it because Bill tells them to.


  31. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Unfortunately Steve, your “more later” is extremely apropos here, as who can doubt that there will be “more later” from this wackjob Bolton.
    If one is foolish enough to think that the damage done by these criminals is close to coming to an end, the fact that AEI thinks highly enough of Bolton to bestow such honors on him should dispel any such notions.
    BTW, have you heard how Wolfowitz is doing in his new position? What scummy policies he is brewing up behind the curtains in cohorts with the other criminals who have thus far avoided accountability for eight years of unfettered malfeasance, ineptitude, and treason?


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