John Bolton: The Wrong Man for the Job

The world we live in is too dangerous to confirm John Bolton's nomination to be Ambassador to the United Nations. That's why we're asking you to oppose the nomination.

We live in a world where internation cooperation and coalition building is crucial to our success in building a more peaceful world. 20/20 Vision believes that peace is a goal we must pursue as a nation. In that context, if we were to put together a list of the worst possible attitudes for the United States to project to the world, what would they be?

That question is more than idle speculation. In the nomination of John Bolton to the post of Ambassador to the United Nations, many of those attitudes are represented. Consider the following quotes, all taken from interviews with the nominee:

* "If I were redoing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world."
* ''If the UN secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference."
* Renouncing the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court "was the happiest moment of my government service."
* "It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law even when it may seem in our short-term interest to do so because, over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrict the United States."

The man who uttered all of those quotes is scheduled for confirmation hearings next week. On April 7 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up the nomination of John Bolton to be America's voice at the United Nations. We must not let this nomination be confirmed.

20/20 Vision believes that the United States is strongest when it operates in conjunction with the rest of the world, not in opposition to it. We weaken ourselves by turning the United Nations into our enemy. An effective UN is essential in dealing with issues such as global disease, peacekeeping, war prevention, and the environment. And an Ambassador who does not believe in international law, and who does not believe that the U.N. has any role in the world, leads to a less effective UN.

And people are starting to take notice. A group of 59 ambassadors, including 46 who served in Republican administrations, has sent a letter to Senator Lugar, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opposing Bolton's nomination.

CBS News reports that Bolton is "receiving so much bipartisan criticism that there is a widespread question about whether or not the administration was expecting the nomination to pass the Senate." Now is the time to act.

Please send a note to your Senator expressing your opposition to this nomination. The United Nations has had a vital role in expanding freedom and peace for 60 years. Now, as America is trying to strengthen international diplomacy, is not the time to send a loose cannon to the UN. John Bolton is the wrong man for the job!

Thank you,
Ron Zucker


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