What's Wrong With Bolton Supporting US Interests, Group Asks

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - There's nothing wrong with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations putting U.S. interests first, John Bolton's supporters say.

Move America Forward -- an organization that wants the U.S. to cut all ties to the U.N. -- is now running TV ads supporting Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador.

Move America Forward Co-Chair Howard Kaloogian described Bolton's confirmation hearing on Monday as a "clear display of the 'blame America first' mentality that permeates the United Nations today."

Kaloogian noted that some senators on the Foreign Relations Committee seemed to be offended by the idea that Bolton would advance U.S. interests before U.N. interests.

"John Bolton is a man of accomplishment who has never wavered in his commitment to defending America's best interests," Kaloogian said in a press release. "As the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., he will speak truth to power," Kaloogian said.

"So far we've seen nothing but inexcusable grandstanding from those still bitter that their party lost in the last presidential election, and they keep clamoring for a different foreign policy than was endorsed by the American people," Kaloogian said.

The Democrats who are attacking John Bolton seem to have forgotten that John Kerry -- the candidate who advocated a 'global test' for U.S. foreign policy -- was defeated at the polls, Kaloogian added.

Bolton faces a second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday. A former State Department official was testifying about Bolton's alleged efforts to "intimidate" intelligence analysts who disagreed with him.

On Monday, Republicans defended Bolton as the right man for the job, and Bolton told the committee he views the U.N. "as an important component of our diplomacy."

But Democrats weren't buying it. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) accused Bolton of having "nothing but disdain for the United Nations," and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) told Bolton, "You appear to believe the U.N. is at best irrelevant and at most harmful."

Move America Forward Co-Chair Melanie Morgan said Democrats should be ashamed of attacking a man who stands up for American values.

"The hostility and rudeness emanating from Senators Feingold and Boxer is disgraceful. They have treated John Bolton as if he was someone who advocated anti-American policies and views," Morgan said.

"The senators who have ambushed John Bolton seem more in tune with Kofi Annan and the tyrants, despots and dictators who dominate the U.N. than President Bush and the interests of the American people," Morgan said.

It's still not clear if the Foreign Relations Committee will approve Bolton's nomination, thus sending it to the full Senate for a vote. As Cybercast News Service has reported, Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) may hold the key vote.

Chafee repeated on Monday that he is still "inclined" to support Bolton's nomination.

See Earlier Story:
Key Senator Now 'Inclined to Support' Bolton Nomination (7 April 2005)

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