Thursday, April 21, 2005

The WSJ on the Bolton fiasco. If this is how Republican nominees are going to be treated by a Republican controlled committee then why the hell would anyone want to accept a position with this Administration? Especially since the Administration doesn't even seem willing to fight for them. Attempting to work with Democrats is a chumps game. They are the enemy and should be treated like one.

Look closely at Mr. Bolton's accusers, and you can see through the agendas. There is former State Department career official Carl Ford, who claims Mr. Bolton rudely disagreed with his policy positions. There is also Latin America-specialist Fulton Armstrong, whom Mr. Bolton allegedly tried to have fired. Never mind that Mr. Bolton was not the only senior State Department official to complain about Mr. Armstrong. Or that Mr. Armstrong's forgiving assessments of Cuba's Fidel Castro were influenced by the work of Ana Belen Montes, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst convicted in 2002 of spying for Cuba. This is the testimony of career analysts who disagree with Bush Administration policy and want to show that any official who disagrees with the bureaucracy will have his own career ruined in Senate confirmation.


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