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Ex-Intel Chief Blasts Bolton at Hearing

Tuesday, 12 April 2005 12:00 AM

Contradicting Bolton's assertion Monday that he never tried to have officials who disagreed with him discharged, Ford charged that Bolton tried to sack the analyst, Christian Westermann, and that Bolton was a "serial abuser."

But the chairman, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said the "paramount issue" was giving President Bush the nominee he wants to undertake reform at the United Nations. "Bluntness may not be very good diplomacy, but on occasion it may be required," Lugar said as the hearing drew to a close.

None of the 10 Republicans on the committee seized on Ford's testimony as a reason to vote against Bolton. Having a 10-8 majority, Republicans appeared to be able to approve the nomination when a vote is taken later this week or next week.

Sen. Joseph F. Biden, Jr., D-Del., who is leading the fight to block the nomination, responded angrily to the accusation of mistreatment. Anytime a senior official calls in a lower-level one "and reams him a new one," he said, "that's just not acceptable."

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said it was not an isolated incident, that Bolton had harassed at least three officials who disagreed with the extent of threats he saw posed by Cuba and other countries.

Calling Bolton a "bully," Boxer said, "I think Mr. Bolton needs anger management at a minimum and he does not deserve to be promoted" to the U.N. post.

But Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a moderate Republican whose vote could be critical, noted calmly that analysts criticized by Bolton had "kept their jobs." The Rhode Island Republican has already described himself as inclined to support confirmation.

And. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., noting Ford had not witnessed the incident involving Westermann, said much of the testimony would not be admissible in a court of law.

Ford told the committee he considered himself a loyal Republican, a conservative and a strong supporter of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Ford said he appeared before the committee only after a lot of "soul-searching."

On Monday, Bolton rigorously rejected assertions by Democrats that he tried to sack State Department intelligence officials who challenged his assessment of Cuba's efforts to develop biological weapons and his appraisal of the weapons programs of Iran and other countries.

"I didn't seek to have these people fired. I didn't seek to have them discharged. I said I lost my trust in them," Bolton testified.

Bolton also assured the committee that he supports international law and views the United Nations as "an important component of our diplomacy." The 56-year-old State Department chief of arms control is a hard-liner with a skeptical view of some U.S. arms control treaties and a frequent critic of the value of the United Nations.

Meanwhile, committee Democrats meeting behind closed doors were interviewing Neil Silver, a senior department intelligence official, and a CIA agent whose identify the senators sought to conceal.

Bolton's frequent assertions that the United States faced serious dangers often did not sit well with some analysts within the U.S. government. Reflecting their skepticism, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., admonished him, "We can't afford to cry wolf."

His style, Democrats charged, was ill-suited for the U.N. post.

"You have nothing but disdain for the U.N.," Boxer fumed. "You can dance around it. You can run away from it. You can put perfume on it."

Summing up the view of Republicans amid a relentless Democratic attack, Sen. George Allen of Virginia told the embattled undersecretary of state, "You have the knowledge. ... You will bring a credit to the U.N. that they sorely need."

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