Thursday, March 01, 2007

Regional Conference w/Iran: Please Don't Let it Be Bolton



Two points taken from today's guest blogpost at Informed Comment by Gerald B. Helman, who was United States Ambassador to the European Office of the United Nations from 1979 through 1981. The first is included in the content above the fold and is in regard to the upcoming regional conference with Iran and it underscores what many of us - sadly - have already come to realize about the Bush administration.
"The Conference may also offer the US an opportunity over the longer run to establish and institutionalize a more stable security environment in the region, with the US and its forces a continuing and accepted element. The Administration could make preparation of positions for the conference a truely bipartisan effort and even propose some level of Congressional participation. Regretably, this Administration lacks the imagination, courage and time to bring that about."

The second is a rumor from below the fold. A commenter asks if there's any truth to the rumor that former UN Ambassador John Bolton will be appointed the American representative for this regional conference. If it's true, I believe it would be an accurate predictor of the expected (non) results of the regionl conference as made in the first point by Dr. Helman above.

In a recent National Interest article [subsc req] titled UN, Rediscovered, Derek Chollet makes the astute observation:
In many ways personnel is destiny, and the new faces could move the relationship from an era of bitterness, suspicion and isolation to one of sustained, positive engagement and realistic expectations.
If personnel is destiny and Bolton is put in charge, I don't think I'd have to spell out the end of the story for you. After too many years of Bolton's stormy history, you're smart enough to figure it out for yourself.

4 comments:

GreenSmile said...

After 2x4-upside-the-head clarity that congress would not reconfirm Bolton, how could Bush be so clueless an tactless? In any rational administration that embarrassing bully would be out looking for work with lobbying firms.

TomCat said...

Perish the thought.

William Bollinger said...

After the 2x4-upside-the-head hint that the country wanted out of Iraq, this very un-rational administration decided to send 21000 additional troops.

Unless you can come up with a worse possible choice, it'll probably be Bolton. Our pResident is, if nothing else, consistent.

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