Bush may think he's managed to foist another good ol' boy on the American people, but diligent Democrats in congress will leave no stone unturned to determine if his pick for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations secretly has a pro-American bias.
While he recorded a string of romantic ballads in the late 1980's, John Bolton is best known for being a blunt, tough-talking bully with a slightly less than glowing opinion of the UN. He's spoke unfavorably of North Korea, Iran, and Cuba on numerous occasions. He once commented that the UN headquarters could lose 10 floors and not make a difference. Some even suspect that he might put America's interests above those of the International Community. Today, Democrats like Sen. John Kerry will send Bolton a clear message that his unnuanced, anti-UN rhetoric and latent pro-American attitude will simply not be tolerated.
A UN ambassador must be first and foremost a diplomat, a keen negotiator with the humility to crawl into the UN building on all fours and beg our allies for forgiveness. The French can smell arrogance like a fart in a car. If Bolton swaggers in there like Gary Cooper, we'll never win back their love. He must be humble, apologetic, and able to wheedle in 17 different languages if we're ever to renew the golden showers of international support that Bush so recklessly squandered.