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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Who's Crying Now?

John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is one of two Americans who have been nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, Democrats and a few Republicans refused to confirm Bolton to the U.N. post, forcing President Bush to resort to a recess appointment. Bolton and Kenneth R. Timmerman were formally nominated by Sweden's former deputy Prime Minister Per Ahlmark for playing a major role in exposing Iran's secret plans to develop nuclear weapons. They documented Iran's secret nuclear buildup and revealed Iran's "repeated lying" and false reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency, a press release said. In June 2005, Senate Republicans fell six votes in their second effort to end a Democrat filibuster of Bolton's nomination to serve as U.N. ambassador.Bolton's supporters complained that Bolton was the target of a Democrat smear campaign. A number of Democrats and some Republicans complained about Bolton's brusque dealings with co-workers and underlings. One of Bolton's Republican critics, Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), now says he thinks Bolton is doing a good job. Voinovich added that he's still watching Bolton but, "at this stage of the game I am pleased with the progress that is being made here and the team that he has gathered together here." Voinovich's emotional moment came one day after he sent a letter to his fellow senators, telling them, "In these dangerous times, we cannot afford to put at risk our nation's ability to successfully wage and win the war on terror with a controversial and ineffective ambassador to the United Nations." Voinovich was in tears on the Senate floor.
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We're sure Mr. Bolton doesn't need reassurance or mentoring from Voinovich.
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