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Albright Surprised at Bolton's Senate Difficulties

Thursday, 21 April 2005 12:00 AM

The former spearhead of Clinton administration foreign policy told NewsMax in New York that the controversial choice of John Bolton to be the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N. may now be jeopardy.

Albright was referring to the surprise decision by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), to delay a vote on the Bolton nomination for two weeks, until after the Congressional April recess.

New allegations of harassment of state department staff by Bolton led Lugar to defer the voting to determine the veracity of the new charges.

Albright, visiting U.N. headquarters in NYC to promote her autobiography "Madame Secretary," was coy about where the Bolton nomination was headed. "I do not know where this is going to go; it is all such a surprise. I never expected this."

Bolton, who has had a controversial tenure at the State Department as an assistant secretary for arms control, also directed U.S. relations with the United Nations when he was an Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush.

It was Bolton, who guided U.S. policy at the U.N. during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

While at the U.N. on Thursday, Albright avoided questions on the scandal ridden Iraq-Oil for Food Program which she helped create during the Clinton administration.

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