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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 10:39 PM
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91. Hagel says he's troubled but will vote YES "at this point." Grandstanding?
Encouraging title, but the text says that as of today, Sunday, Hagel says he will vote YES for Bolton. He keeps saying that he'll be upset if "more accusations surface" but then when they do, he doesn't change his line. I'm tending to think he's milking this situation for attention and taking the opportunity to emphasize his own importance to the Administration. His repeated expressions of being "troubled" about Bolton are also a sort of CYA if Bolton DOES really go off the deep end. It has to be asked: is Hagel actually serious at all about his often-expressed concern over Bolton's character and history? I'm starting to doubt it. I hope I'm wrong, but I have to wonder what it would take to convince a truly "troubled" person that Bolton is totally wrong as a candidate for this position. Surely there's been enough evidence for that!

And what is quoted from Biden isn't exactly fire-breathing; in fact, it reads like a compliment on Bolton's ass****ness. In another part of this article Biden is at least quoted as saying that Bolton's past statements of hostility to the UN would undermine his credibility, which is surely true.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=678340

GOP Lawmaker May Vote Against U.N. Nominee


GOP Lawmaker May Vote Against U.N. Nominee Bolton if There Are More Accusations of Harassment
By SIOBHAN McDONOUGH Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON Apr 17, 2005 A top Senate Republican raised the possibility Sunday that he might vote against President Bush's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations if more accusations surface about John Bolton's alleged harassment of analysts who disagreed with his views

With a Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote expected Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska was asked whether he would endorse Bolton. "At this point, I will but I have been troubled with more and more allegations, revelations, coming about his style, his method of operation," said Hagel, the committee's No. 2 Republican.

"We need a uniter," he told CNN's "Late Edition." "We need a builder. We need someone who will reach out to our friends and our allies at the United Nations."

(snip)

"John Bolton's strong and in some areas very respected ideological view of foreign policy intelligence are admirable, but they're not admirable for someone running a Cabinet-level position, one of the largest embassies in the world, which is essentially, the embassy of the United States at the U.N.," Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del. said.

(snip)

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