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Key Senator 'Inclined to Support' Bolton Nomination

Thursday, 07 April 2005 12:00 AM

"This happens all the time," he said, "and we take these things into account, and the senator listens to all different sides." However, Chafee "is inclined to support the nomination."

Hourahan stressed that the senator will make his final decision on the matter after the hearing because Chafee "wants to hear on the record where Bolton is coming from.

"That's what hearings are all about," Hourahan added.

Chafee's support could provide the difference in moving the nomination out of the committee, which is made up of 10 Republicans and eight Democrats. If Chafee were to vote with the Democrats, all of whom are expected to oppose Bolton, the resulting 9-9 tie would prevent the nomination from being sent to the Senate floor for a final vote.

Swaying Chafee's vote has been one of the goals of Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS), a nonprofit organization "working to promote the idea that nations should work together to confront those problems no one nation can solve by itself." The group is running a national "Stop Bolton" campaign.

In addition to establishing the stopbolton.org website, CGS has aired television advertisements in Rhode Island encouraging residents to express their displeasure over Bolton's nomination to Chafee, who is up for re-election next year.

However, Chafee is not the group's only target. CGS is running similar TV ads in Nebraska in an attempt to change the vote of Sen. Chuck Hagel, even though the second-term Republican met with Bolton on March 14.

"I intend to support John Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations," Hagel said after the meeting. "His experience and knowledge will serve him well as he represents America's interests in the U.N. at a critically important time."

CGS also has set its sights on the vote of Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), the only Democrat who supported Bolton when he was nominated for his current post as undersecretary for arms control four years ago and has not announced a decision on Bolton's current nomination.

During Feingold's "listening session" in Waterford, Wis., on Friday, CGS members plan to protest Bolton's nomination and ask the senator to vote against him.

'Demolitions expert, not architect'

According to a statement made on Monday by CGS President Charles Brown, the organization has mounted its campaign because "John Bolton is the wrong man for the job.

"His past statements represent a litany of caustic diatribes against any form of international cooperation," Brown said. "Mr. Bolton has argued against the U.N.'s existence. He has argued against America contributing its fair share to the U.N. budget. He has argued against America using the U.N. to form coalitions and alliances."

Brown added that he believes Bolton "lacks the credibility, the patience and the diplomatic experience to represent the United States at the U.N. Mr.

"Bolton's presence at the U.N. would only exacerbate already-strained relations and further compound our already substantial international isolation," Brown said. "When it comes to designing and building an effective United Nations, he is a demolitions expert, not an architect."

Brown argued that the U.S. is unable to achieve its foreign policy objectives without an effective U.N. "In the past year alone, the Bush administration has relied on the U.N. to help administer elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, manage tsunami relief in Asia, find a solution to the crisis in Darfur and combat terrorism," he said.

"Let me be clear," Brown added. "Our opposition to Mr. Bolton is not about defending the United Nations, but rather about protecting American interests."

'Plain-spoken man'

Siobhan Guiney, executive director of Move America Forward, a conservative organization urging Americans to express their support for Bolton, told Cybercast News Service that she believes President Bush made a "great nomination" when he picked Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

"Citizens for Global Solutions says the fight over Mr. Bolton is because he doesn't defend the United Nations but rather looks for the best way to pursue U.S. interests," Guiney said, "but isn't that the job of the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.?"

Guiney noted that her organization supports Bolton through its own television ads and its website because he is "a very plain-spoken man.

"We need someone who can stand up to the 'Blame America First' crowd at the United Nations," she said. "We need an ambassador to the U.N. who won't be intimidated by the tyrants, despots and dictators who routinely fight American interests."

Guiney also dismissed CGS's attempts to "get the truth out" about Bolton. "The truth is already out," she stated. "It's just not what they want to hear."

For his part, Brown insists that difficult choices lie ahead because of the Bolton nomination.

"If Mr. Bolton truly despises the United Nations, he should stand by his principles and withdraw his name for consideration," Brown said. "If, however, he chooses to act against his own stated beliefs, the Senate will have to decide whether he is the right person for the job.

"And if the Senate is serious about repairing America's global standing and getting other countries to do their share in solving the world's most pressing problems, its only choice is to reject decisively his nomination," Brown added.

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