Senator Lugar’s very, very long opening statement is actually making the case of why John Bolton is NOT a candidate of impeccable credentials — and not likely to be a candidate that most Americans can support of whom feel proud. He keeps making the case of the opposition — and then saying that “this should not be a disqualifying factor.”
Fascinating. Hope you are watching C-Span 3.
Here is the opening paragraph of the “Summary of Concerns” prepared by the Minority Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
It is the judgment of the Democratic Staff that four distinct patterns of conduct disqualify John Bolton for the post of U.N. ambassador:
(1) Mr. Bolton repeatedly sought the removal of intelligence analysts who disagreed with him;
(2) in preparing speeches and testimony, Mr. Bolton repeatedly tried to stretch intelligence to fit his views;
(3) in his relations with colleagues and subordinates in and out of government, Mr. Bolton repeatedly exhibited abusive behavior and intolerance for different views; and
(4) Mr. Bolton repeatedly made misleading, disingenuous or non-responsive statements to the Committee.
There are is a well-populated palette of reasons to oppose John Bolton. . .today, tomorrow, and in the months ahead.
— Steve Clemons