Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hagel Supports Giving U.N. the finger

by Kyle Michaelis
The Bush Administration's telling the United Nations to go to hell by its appointment of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the UN has gotten approval from Chuck Hagel after all. How sad. This was a place for Hagel to make a stand for the common sense and decency he claims to uphold. Seems it's just so much easier to make friends with the neo-con uppity-ups who might help in a Presidential bid than to do your job.

Hagel throws his support to U.N. nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said Monday he would support the nomination of John R. Bolton, who has criticized the United Nations, to be U.S. ambassador to the world organization.

Hagel's backing means the Foreign Relations Committee most likely will confirm Bolton. Hagel, of Nebraska, was the only Republican on the panel who had declined to express support after Bush nominated Bolton.

"His experience and knowledge will serve him well as he represents America's interests in the U.N. at a critically important time," Hagel said.

Bolton is notable for saying "there's no such thing as the United Nations" and "if the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." Jesse Helms also once called him "the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at the gates of Armageddon."

Oh, you'll get your chance Jesse...and now Chuck Hagel will be standing right alongside ya'. After all, that's how this sort of bargain works.


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