THE UGLINESS OF AMERICAN POLICY
President Bush finally showed his true colors to the world yesterday, in the recess appointment of John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations. In the spirit and definition of what it means to be an Ambassador, Bolton fits this bill very well. Since an Ambassador is a representative of the President, he/she acts in concert as to how the President would want them to conduct themselves in matters of foreign or domestic policy.
Let's face it: America's foreign policy is quite ugly, so put a face and a person who accurately represents how ugly and bullying that policy is in the form of John Bolton. However, before we enter into a period of dispair, consider that I said on a previous blog that Bolton's appointment may be the straw that breaks the camel's back and facilitate the accountability from this Administration that we have longed for. Domestically, Bush can do whatever the hell he wants - Globally, well, that might be another matter. And if Bush is relying on Tony Blair to support him in his global endeavors, he should be prepared to go it alone, for Blair has his own problems in Britain. Actually, the British are blaming Blair for being in bed with Bush on Iraq, and the subsequent bombings in their subway as well.
Matthew Rothschild explains the dilemma of Bolton's appointment very well here:http://progressive.org/?q=mag_wx080105.
An interesting excerpt:
"The decision to go forward with the Bolton appointment, without Senate approval and despite his demonstrable, monumental lack of qualifications, is the Bush-Cheney way.
It’s macho, in your face, unilateral, we don’t give a damn, we’re doing it our way, and if you don’t like it, tough.
That’s the style that got the United States into Iraq and into the torture scandal.
And that same style will now be on display for 18 months in the detestable person of John Bolton.
This is the America of George Bush.
Let the world, and the citizens of this country, see it for what it is."
When the whole world turns on the United States, is Bush going to tell them "Bring it On!" or run away and hide out like the coward that he is? Only a coward would ignore the masses to do what he wants and hide behind others while doing it. Only a coward bullies people to do things they wouldn't otherwise do. Only a coward would never take responsibility for their actions or admit when they are wrong.
We have a coward as President of the United States, and when this Bolton appointment blows up in his face, he's not going to take credit; in fact, he's already blamed the Senate for not confirming Bolton, and uses it as the excuse of why he had to use the recess appointment.
The lack of accountability is to blame and if we don't start demanding it, NOW, we have no one but ourselves to blame.