Sunday, September 18


Recall the furor over President Bush's nomination of John Bolton to become the United States' ambassador to the United Nations? The Democrats delayed and obstructed and generally made asses of themselves in an effort to block Bolton, doom his nomination, and embarrass the president.

Today's edition of the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) buries deep in the first section of the print edition a New York Times' piece by Warren Hoge that reveals that John Bolton has thus far proven President Bush's judgement correct and the Democratic Party notably wrong.

Wonder if voters will have long memories come next year's election?

Writes Hoge:

When President Bush greeted Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday, he gestured toward John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador, and asked, "Has the place blown up since he's been here?"

The internal U.N. television sound boom that picked up the jest did not record any response from the secretary-general, who simply smiled.

But the same question, in less explosive form, has been posed repeatedly around the United Nations since the Aug. 1 arrival of Bolton, who once said that the headquarters building was filled with such sloth and incompetence that it would not matter if 10 of its 38 floors were lopped off.

Bolton's fellow ambassadors say they are impressed with his work ethic, his knowledge and his toughness as a negotiator.

In the three weeks of intensive negotiations on the document approved Friday night by the 153 world leaders at the summit conference on global poverty and U.N. reform, he was in his chair at 8 a.m. and often still there when the meetings adjourned at 1 a.m.

FOLLOW-UP: Here's an interesting piece on Ambassador Bolton published in the WSJ's "OpinionJournal"