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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 02:17 AM
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Lincoln Chafee: Have You Actually Read the Dossier on Bolton?
I heard that the Senate begins hearings on the nomination of John Bolton to the UN on Monday. A key player is Senator Lincoln Chafee, Repub from Rhode Island. So far he is firm on approving the nomination.

Here are some thoughts from THe Washington Note as to why he should reconsider, and why all of us should be telling him to reconsider his vote.


When he is running for re-election, he is going to have to look his voters in the eye and say: ...
~ I knew that John Bolton harrassed State Department and CIA intelligence officers, to the point of having them removed from his office and attempting to have them fired, when they did not agree with his political positions -- thus undermining American national security, but voted to confirm him anyway. . .

~ I knew that he used his office to push hard-line assessments of Syria, Libyan, Iranian, Cuban and North Korean weapons capacities that were far beyond what intelligence estimates stated, and used all powers in his control to undermine the Secretary of State and other players in the Bush administration's national security staff to push his line, often without authority, but voted to confirm him anyway. . .

<Lots more snipped>

Ask Colin Powell why he won't endorse his former underling. Call Richard Armitage, and talk to him off the record.


You are allowing the American public and our evolving international order to pay the price for someone being assigned to this key foreign policy position because Condi Rice compromised that Bolton should get the U.N. job instead of the Deputy Secretary position.

It's cynical -- and it harms an important institution that you feel is important to our nation. And yet, you will have to look in the eyes of your voters and say -- I empowered this person and harmed American interests. I knew this, and I voted to confirm anyway.


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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 02:25 AM
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1. Great info on Bolton
RI constituents need to pressure Chafee like hell to win his vote on this.

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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 02:29 AM
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2. Amen...
... anyone who votes for this turd in the punchbowl is going to have to live with the chaos he's going to cause.

Bolton's nomination is a "fuck you" to the UN, and Bush knows that. So does Cheney, who managed to get him nominated.

But don't expect Chafee to do the right thing. Wishy-washy moderate Republican (meaning, he doesn't have the balls of a Jeffords).
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Panda1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 03:20 AM
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3. Bolton is connected to Moon.
Lots of snippage here too....
Really good article about his history with the thug administration. Long but a very worthwhile read...just so we all know what type of a beast we're dealing with here.

Translation From French
(With excellent footnotes)

John Bolton and disarmament

Militant of extreme right-hand side evolving/moving in the shade of Dick Cheney, John Bolton was an obscure under-secretary of State of the administration Bush I He awaits a promotion in the government Bush II.

In 1995, John R. Bolton accepts the presidency of the National Policy Forum (NPF), an emanation of the Party which, under the appearance of a think-tank tax-free, was actually used to collect occult financings < 1 >. Thanks to banking complicities, the Forum inserts in the cases of the Party of the million dollars in the form of loan whose refunding is never required. It profits especially from the gifts of Ambrous Young, a billionaire of Hong Kong, and Pacific Cultural Foundation, a folding screen set up by the reverend Moon on behalf of the government of Taiwan < 2 >. In 1996, it organizes a great conference during which lobbyists will be able to have access to the republican members of Parliament. The entry is fixed at 25 000 dollars, causing complaints for racket < 3 >.

John Bolton accepts annual fees of 30 000 dollars of the secret funds of the government tawanais for studies on the relations between UNO and the "two" China < 4 >.
Militant of extreme right-hand side, in favour of the "preventive wars of disarmament", John R. Bolton should be destined for high positions in the second Bush administration. His/her friend, the senator Jesse Helms, said about it: "It is the kind of guy with whom I would like to be when Armageddon comes".

Sources : Journal du Rseau Voltaire du 1er dcembre 2004


Another good (rude) piece about him
Part 2: John Bolton, Another Motherfucker for America:
Yesterday, the Rude Pundit moved back in the career of John Bolton, chosen by the Bush administration to become the new U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bolton is currently an Undersecretary of State, as he was during the reign of Colin Powell, and, as the resident batshit insane neocon, Bolton's job in the Bush's first term was, more or less, "make sure that high-yellow nigger doesn't totally fuck-up our plans to destroy the world as we know it." Which Bolton did smashingly well.

Now, Bolton is being called out for saying things like, "The United Nations is a fetid, dry piece of shit that wouldn't even smear my shoe if I stepped on it," or words to that effect. Which means, once again, we Americans are all held in sway by George Bush's epic sense of irony in running the nation.

Back when Bolton was an assistant to Secretary of State James Baker under Poppy Bush, he was a little less inclined towards unilateral action by the United States. In 1989, Bolton joined Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Petrovsky and issued a statement of the U.S. and the Soviet Union's support of U.N. General Assembly resolution "calling on all nations to respect human rights and abandon the use of force except in defense." Said the Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Minister, "We hope that it may offer an example to other member states that it is possible to set aside tendentious polemics that have been too common in the United Nations in the past." The resolution, which re-affirmed the U.N. charter, called on nations to work cooperatively through the U.N. to solve international security issues. Bolton, who worked tirelessly to strip the International Criminal Court of any authority and was always threatening that the U.S. would back out of any U.N. organization that allowed the PLO even conditional membership, has always been a good liar. That's why he's such a motherfucker.
We've just scratched the surface of his pre-Bush II life. But we can make some pretty solid conlusions about John Bolton: For most of his career, he's been a nationalistic liar with shitty judgment. A motherfucker. A nasty little plague-flea-infested gutter rat that thinks he's got the sharpest teeth in the sewer. That's why he fits in perfectly with the Bush adminstration, no?

Another Washington Note piece on him here:

Yet more...
During John Bolton's tenure as president, the NPF received a $25,000 contribution from a foreign organization known as the Pacific Cultural Foundation.

Final one..for now.,3604,1434180,...
Now that same John Bolton has been named by President Bush as the US ambassador to the UN. "If I were redoing the security council today, I'd have one permanent member because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world," Bolton once said. Lately, as undersecretary of state for arms control, he has wrecked all the nonproliferation diplomacy within his reach. Over the past two decades he has been the person most dedicated to trying to discredit the UN. George Orwell's clock of 1984 is striking 13. ....
Bolton is an extraordinary combination of political operator and ideologue. He began his career as a cog in the machine of Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, helping his political action committees evade legal restrictions and federal fines. Helms, the most powerful reactionary in the Senate, sponsored Bolton's rise to Reagan's justice department. "John Bolton," Helms said, "is the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon, or what the Bible describes as the final battle between good and evil."
At the state department, Bolton was Colin Powell's enemy within. In his first year, he forced the US withdrawal from the anti-ballistic missile treaty, destroyed a protocol on enforcing the biological weapons convention, and ousted the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He scuttled the nuclear test ban treaty and the UN conference on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. And he was behind the renunciation of the US signature on the 1998 Rome statute creating the international criminal court. He described sending his letter notifying the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, as "the happiest moment of my government service".
Bolton's meddling in diplomacy on nonproliferation with North Korea and Iran guaranteed that the allies had no unified position and encouraged the Koreans and Iranians to play the nuclear card. Bolton's response to these crises has been to lead the charge to remove the UN head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei. In late November, Bolton denounced the Blair government and the Europeans negotiating with the Iranians as "soft" for attempting "diplomatic means".

He's a monster!

Email Chafee asap.

It's an easy form to fill in.
Ask him to please vote NO on Bolton.

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Cell Whitman Donating Member (872 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-05 12:24 AM
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5. They should ask Bolton if he supports Moon's theocratization proposal
Edited on Sun Apr-10-05 12:25 AM by Cell Whitman
for the UN. Moon wants to add a theocratic body to the UN. Danforth, Bush and Co. all liked the idea in some form or fashion. The proposal is being fronted by the Philippines and I understand the UN has laughed at the idea, so far, though they did pass a resolution calling for "dialog" on subject. That allows Moon's fronts to recruit for his own "peace" UN which he created as back up. Moon think the UN is too slow but it is his dream to gig it. Says if they add a theocratic body it will take three years to "bear fruit"...I wouldn't count him out, he guided our nation to this theofascist mess. Moon has more to do with our political situation than anyone.

Anywho, Danforth quit saying the theo idea wouldn't fly - though I don't know that he gave an official reason why he quit. He certainly didn't say it was because of this proposal.

I could be wrong but I am thinking this guy, Bolton, isn't too high on the moonster's list because he plays hardball with NK. I don't think Moon wants any hardball with NK.

If Bolton supports Moon's theo UN proposal, then we have a pawn for Moon, if he knows it or not.

Saw a video from 2003 where they were talking about another B'day gift from Kim Jong Il to the Moonster.

They should ask someone how much advice Bush is taking from Moon fronts and folks in general on NK and the ME. I believe the Moon organization has been in the middle of our negotiation with NK since prolly at least '91 after Moon visited Kim Il Sung.

read how the moonster has been doing the "natural subjugation" shuffle here: /
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 03:23 PM
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4. kick for "Boltton Weekend"
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-05 05:21 PM
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6. Kick for Sunday
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-05 06:29 PM
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7. Chafee said at the end of the week...he'd vote FOR Bolton.....the Repugs
Won...or will Chafee be swayed by new revelations?

That's the question? Has he received "death threats," the rest. :eyes:
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 12:08 PM
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8. Kick for Monday
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enough already Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 01:10 PM
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9. Looks like Chafee is rolling over for the Chimp
The outcome could depend on moderate Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I. Chafee spokesman Stephen Hourahan said the senator was leaning toward supporting Bolton "unless something surprising shows up" at the hearing.

"You said all the rights things in your opening statement," Chafee told Bolton during the session.

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Panda1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 01:02 AM
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10. Disappointing but not surprising.
Yesterday I still had a smidgeon of hope.
I, and many others I'm sure, emailed him urging a NO vote.
I watched some of the hearings until they broke for lunch.
Boxer was MAGNIFICENT! I am proud she is my Senator. She produced the video of NutBolt stating there's no such thing as the UN.
She pounded him.
He'll no doubt be confirmed by the end of the week.
We'll see who bails on us with the vote.

Negroponte in the same week is almost more than I can bear.
I'm sure there are other threads here on him.

Bolton will do his best to destroy the UN and have ultimate control of the Security Council...into which Moon is already slithering with all his phony bullshit foundations that spell power and money. He can buy whatever he wants. Our buildings, our industries, our politicians.
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