Saturday, July 14, 2012

Romney sees Bolton as Secretary of State?

John Bolton is always around the edges of right wing Republican circles.  Sometime he has not been around the edges, as in State Department roles in both Bush administrations and UN ambassador for a short period to time.  Romney apparently now sees him as a potential Secretary of State.  During the Republican nominating campaign, Newt Gingrich vowed to nominate Bolton for the job. 

Simply put, many view John Bolton as someone to the right of Genghis Khan.  He is uniformly abrasive as he voices strong opinions.  He was fundamental to Bush 2's decision to call out Iraq in 1993 for "weapons of mass destruction".  That was his job as 3rd Secretary of State at the time, to root out WMD's wherever they might exist and negotiate weapons drawbacks and security broadly.

Go to Wiki and look at his information.  What is there seems to be too balanced.  Bolton has a manifest destiny type of mentality for the U.S., a mentality that is dismissive of the potential of other countries and is non-compromising in the most aggressive manner.

Admittedly there were times in his short tenure at the U.N. when he objected in his style to clearly troubling issues that a meeker U.N. ambassador may have quietly overlooked.  Those were things like human rights panels where almost half of the countries appointed were serial violators in the worst way of human rights in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Bolton has had some positive moments. 

Overall, however, it is hard to imagine someone in temperament and in global acceptance who is less qualified to be Secretary of State.  Romney has no idea but of course he is never wrong. 


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