Chafee or Hagel – Who Will Step Up?

From Holden:

Here’s yet another damaging story about John Bolton in today’s WaPo.

In 2003, John R. Bolton, President Bush’s choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ordered a young official working closely with then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell removed from duties in the State Department’s nonproliferation bureau in what U.S. officials described as a third attempt by Bolton to purge career officials he perceived as impeding his policy goals.

The officials, who would discuss the incident only on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it, said Rexon Ryu, an expert on nonproliferation issues in the Middle East, was transferred to another bureau after he failed to produce a document requested by Bolton’s chief of staff.


John Wolf, Ryu’s former boss, said that Ryu was a brilliant and dedicated civil servant, and that the allegations were found to be baseless.


Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) is seeking additional information from Bolton before the committee meets on Tuesday to vote on the nomination. Committee sources said Biden submitted three dozen questions in writing to Bolton on various issues, including whether he sought the removal or reassignment of other officials and how he used intelligence to further policy goals.

Many of us who want to see America succeed in the world have been hoping beyond hope that Sen. Lincoln CHafee would shoot this idiot down by voting no in committee.

Democrats, who blocked a vote on Bolton this week, are hoping that new information may persuade Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R-R.I.) to vote against the nomination. Chafee said earlier this week that testimony from former State Department intelligence chief Carl W. Ford Jr., who described Bolton as a “serial abuser,” was compelling but that he did not see a pattern in Bolton’s behavior. Republicans have a 10 to 8 majority on the committee.

Personally, as I said last week, I see Sen. Chuck Hagel as the one Republican in the senate who might actually be convinced to block Bolton’s nomination.

In an interview yesterday with Fox News, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the Senate to confirm Bolton, whom she described as a “good manager” and a “great diplomat.”

That portrait of Bolton differed from the one former colleagues have offered in recent days. Ryu would have been in a unique position to review the testimony, having recently joined the staff of Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.