STOP THE BOLTON NOMINATION
John Bolton is in the process of being nominated for the position of Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and International Security. Boston Globe called him "the Armageddon Nominee." Bolton is not a friend of arms control and non-proliferation. If his past actions and opinions are any indication of what he will do with the power he will have as the Undersecretary, the consequences will be disastrous for arms control.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has just approved his nomination, but only by 10-8, which is a small margin for these votes. The hearing on his nomination in the full Senate could be held any day now.
If nominated for the number three position in the State Department, Mr. Bolton, who currently serves as Vice President at the American Enterprise Institute -- a conservative think tank home to right-wing luminaries such as Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Lynne Cheney -- will have a great deal of impact on some of the most pressing security issues facing the U.S. today. These include missile defense, the fate of the ABM Treaty, negotiations with North Korea, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the dismantling of Russian nuclear stockpiles, and much more.
A window into what we can expect . . .
Bolton has been highly critical of the United Nations. In a 1994 panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Association, he said that "there's no such thing as the United Nations," and stated ''if the UN Secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.'' In reference to the ABM Treaty our buddy Helms said, "John, I want you to take that ABM Treaty and dump it in the same place we dumped our ABM co-signer, the Soviet Union - on the ash heap of history." No objections from Bolton. He calls those of us who support the CTBT "misguided individuals following a timid and neo-pacifist line of thought."
Bolton backtracked a little on his previous remarks and positions during his hearing, saying he believed the UN could be an effective ''policy instrument'' of the United States and that ''circumstances may arise'' in which the United States could normalize relations with North Korea, however, these efforts seemed to be steeped more in appeasement than true changes in beliefs.
Senator Helms described Bolton as "the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon." What a strange comment to make, but who knows -- with people like this in control Armageddon may be approaching sooner than we thought!
Sen. Kerry (D-MA) observed that ''never before have so many ideological choices been made to execute key elements of what a president argues will be a foreign policy beyond the ideological gridlock of the past.'' Although the majority of Bush's picks raise eyebrows and throw the notion of "compassionate conservatism" overboard, Democrat leaders ready to play hard ball have been conspicuously absent throughout the confirmation hearings.
While Senators Biden (D-DE) and Kerry were noted for their "sharp questioning" of John R. Bolton - Bush's nominee for Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and International Security - John Isaacs of the Council for a Livable World aptly summed up the situation saying, ''Clearly, senators are uncomfortable with Bolton and his positions and his background. The problem is that they're waiting for someone else to take the lead.'' Leaders needed!
ˇCall your Senator! Urgent action is needed, the hearing on his nomination will happen very soon. To contact your members of Congress, call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You can also look up your Senator at the website: www.senate.gov
ˇThe Campaign for UN Reform has set up a website (www.StopBolton.org) to focus grassroots opposition to this nomination. From the site you can send letters to your Senators opposing Bolton's nomination.
For more information: ˇForeign Policy In Focus - "Republican Rule" Section for commentaries, profiles and links to the Bush nominees - www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org/republicanrule/index.html
ˇCouncil for a Livable World - for recent news articles on Bolton (www.clw.org/ef/boltonnomination.html) and the Council's Advisory (www.clw.org/ef/opposebolton.html)
ˇAnd finally, visit the American Enterprise Institute - www.aei.org - or view Bolton's resume directly at www.aei.org/scholars/bolton.htm