It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hagel

From Holden:

When the Bolton Hearings began Kos targetted Sen. Lincoln Chafee as the Republican most likely to prevent John Bolton from becoming our UN ambassador. I thought Chuck Hagel might be the more likely candidate, as he has the testicular inventory that Chafee lacks. When it came out in the hearings that Bolton tried to can a State Department intelligence officer who now works for Hagel I flet even better about Hagel’s mighty gonads.

I feel even better about it today.

Maverick Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel yesterday hinted he’ll vote against President Bush’s pick for ambassador to the United Nations if any more negative accusations surface.

“I have been troubled with more and more allegations, revelations coming about his style, his method of operation,” the popular Nebraskan conceded.

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“Right now, if there’s nothing more that comes out, I will vote for Bolton,” Hagel told CNN’s “Late Edition.” “We need a uniter.”

Oh, and a note to Senator Hagel (he reads First Draft, right?): something else came out.

John R. Bolton — who is seeking confirmation as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — often blocked then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and, on one occasion, his successor, Condoleezza Rice, from receiving information vital to U.S. strategies on Iran, according to current and former officials who have worked with Bolton.

In some cases, career officials found back channels to Powell or his deputy, Richard L. Armitage, who encouraged assistant secretaries to bring information directly to him. In other cases, the information was delayed for weeks or simply did not get through. The officials, who would discuss the incidents only on the condition of anonymity because some continue to deal with Bolton on other issues, cited a dozen examples of memos or information that Bolton refused to forward during his four years as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.

Two officials described a memo that had been prepared for Powell at the end of October 2003, ahead of a critical international meeting on Iran, informing him that the United States was losing support for efforts to have the U.N. Security Council investigate Iran’s nuclear program. Bolton allegedly argued that it would be premature to throw in the towel. “When Armitage’s staff asked for information about what other countries were thinking, Bolton said that information couldn’t be collected,” according to one official with firsthand knowledge of the exchange.