Monday, August 01, 2005

Bolton appointed to UN

Fox News reports that John Bolton has been made the Us ambassador to the United Nations in a recess appointment by President Bush. The AP adds that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was also present at the announcement. It is the president's 106th recess appointment (Clinton made 140 such appointments).
"This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform. So today I've used my constitutional authority to appoint John Bolton to serve as America's ambassador to the United Nations," Bush said.
This Fox article will give you some background on recess appointments.

If the president cannot get even an up or down vote on his nominations then I don't see what other choice he has.

UPDATE: The New York Times reports that Sen. Christopher Dodd said, "I will be monitoring his performance closely to ensure that he does not abuse his authority as he has in the past." Now that's certainly a scary thought. A United States Senator monitoring the abuse of authority.

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