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2006/12/4

John Bolton..the gift that keeps on giving

@ 09:03 PM (94 months, 7 days ago)

So of course one of the main news items today is John Bolton resigning from his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  Bolton will step down after his recess appointment ends.

I'm almost sorry to see Bolton go, and it's NOT because he's been an effective ambassador working on behalf of U.S. interests.  I'm sorry to see him go because he gives us bloggers such good material to work with!

The folks over at Talking Points Memo have a very interesting read on something that Bolton has done on his way out the door of the U.N.

Next year will mark 200 years since the abolishment of the transatlantic slave trade.  To that end, several Carribean nations proposed a resolution that commemorates this wonderful anniversary.  But leave it to John Bolton. Originally, he refused to sign on to the resolution. 

So what is exactly is Bolton's problem with using a resolution to celebrate the end of the transatlantic slave trade?  Apparently, he wanted to change some language in the resolution.  He wanted "emphasizing" changed to "the emphasis."  Huh?  So because he has a problem with the word "emphasizing," he was prepared to not sign this historic resolution?

It seems as though Bolton changed his mind about not signing the resolution, after members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke up.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Congressional Black Caucus IS the conscience of the United States Congress!

Departing Bolton Held Up Anti-Slavery Measure