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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-05 02:36 AM
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74. More information from the Kos Letter post reply thread
Edited on Sun Apr-17-05 02:57 AM by Nothing Without Hope
The diarist who posted her friend Melody Townsel's letter also posted several times in the 350+ posts that poured out in response. Here are two of them. A number of Kos posters had expressed concern that the letter might not hold up as genuine under investigation. Here are two of the diarist's posts (amyindallas is Amy Boardman Hunt, a legal media consultant).

...Given the big yawn Melody's letter got with members of the Senate, it's heartening to see so much response here.

Regarding the post above, if Melody is called to testify, corroborate, or otherwise explain herself in an official forum, I'm sure she will. I certainly didn't witness any of this myself, since I was in Dallas at the time. I know of one other person she knows who was involved, but because she still makes her living in D.C., she wants no part of this.

I will confirm, though, that she told me about it shortly afterward, although none of it stuck because I wasn't involved. Certainly, the name John Bolton didn't ring a bell to me until she called me the day his nomination was announced.

I honestly don't know what, if anything, will come of all this. I certainly hope Melody's character doesn't get assassinated, because she is a consummate professional (and quite funny, to boot)
by amyindallas on Fri Apr 15th, 2005 at 08:35:06 PDT

(several posts from other people were between these two posts)

...The folks on DailyKos can vet and devil's advocate till you're blue in the face, but none of it matters unless and until a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes her seriously. By posting her letter here, I wasn't asking anybody on Kos to say "holy cow, let's put the weight of our credibility behind this lady." All I wanted to do was get her letter "out there" and read by somebody other than those who have already disregarded it.

That has been accomplished. If the GOP decides Melody isn't credible, fine. But I'm fairly certain the Senate Dems won't present her as a witness if they aren't satisfied with her background and version of events.

Believe me, they're vetting. They're background-checking. I am personally satisfied that Melody's letter is legit and credible, or I wouldn't have posted it here in the first place. I have no desire to post something here that could reflect negatively on Kos.

Where it goes from here is up to the Senate Dems.
by amyindallas on Fri Apr 15th, 2005 at 15:48:29 PDT

Other evidence about Bolton is also described in the reply thread. I thought this pair of replies, one following the other, was striking. They are discussing Bolton's bizarre responses to an Australian interviewer in 2003. The link to the paper discussing this, written by David Corn, is given - I recommend reading it to better understand what we're dealing with in Bolton.

check out this scary article about Bolton
Australian journalist John Pilger interviewed John Bolton ( - An article by David Corn November 19, 2003 in The Nation, A No-Compassion Conservative?)
Some excerpts:
His remarks to Pilger, then, were hardly surprising. He is a no-apologies ideologue. Pilger asked if 10,000 civilian casualties in Iraq would be a "quite high" amount. Bolton answered, "I think it is quite low if you look at the size of the military operation that was undertaken."
by sadhu on Fri Apr 15th, 2005 at 11:31:37 PDT

The killer moment is right at the end after Pilger has wrapped up what, for Bolton, was an unexpectedly difficult interview:

Then when the interview ended, Bolton, as he stood up and removed the microphone, asked Pilger, "Are you a Labour Party member?" As if that explained Pilger's questions about dead and injured civilians in Iraq. Clearly, Bolton had not been briefed. Pilger is an investigative reporter specializing in national security matters who has long been seen as a left-of-center crusader. A critic of his recently dubbed Pilger "the Eeyore of the left." One wonders who at the State Department let Pilger get this close to Bolton? (By the way, when Pilger interviewed Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy, a Pentagon media official ordered Pilger to shut off his camera once Pilger began questioning Feith about civilian casualties.)

Replying to Bolton's jab, Pilger explained to him the current politics of Britain: "Well, Labour Party--they're the conservatives." Pilger meant "conservative" as in supporting Prime Minister Tony Blair's embrace of the war in Iraq.

By now Bolton was walking away from Pilger, looking like he much desired a fast separation. With a mischievous (or, some might say, wicked) smile on his face, Bolton shot back, "You're a Communist Party member?"

That was the Kodak moment, and it was captured by Pilger's camera operator. On Planet Bolton, if you inquire too forcefully about civilian casualties, you must be a commie. The Cold War might be over. But at least one senior Bush aide is keeping its spirit alive.

by JohnDrake on Fri Apr 15th, 2005 at 16:57:52 PDT

ed:2 typos
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