The Corner

Democrats for Bolton?

Well, so far there’s Alan Dershowitz and there’s ..well, there’s Alan Dershowitz…it’s worth pulling out some of what he writes:

The senators have had a year to observe and evaluate Mr. Bolton

directly on his performance as our ambassador. They can intelligently

vote based on what he has done at the United Nations …

Mr. Bolton is right to be skeptical [of the UN], and all the

great U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations – from Adlai Stevenson to

Arthur Goldberg to Pat Moynihan to Jeane Kirkpatrick – have shared that

skepticism. Mr. Bolton is absolutely justified in pushing for

reform of the notoriously corrupt and inefficient bureaucratic

structure in Turtle Bay. As he once said, “If member countries want the

United Nations to be respected … they should begin by making

sure it is worthy of respect.”

Most importantly, Mr. Bolton understands that his job is to

represent the United States and our interests to the world, and

not the other way around. When The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank chided

Mr. Bolton for “disparaging the very organization he would serve,” the

Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto promptly corrected him by saying,

“the American ambassador to the U.N. is supposed to serve America, not

the U.N.”

I have observed Mr. Bolton’s performance with regard to Israel

and its conflicts with Hezbollah and Hamas. On many other fronts he has

proved himself a staunch advocate of freedom and human rights –

specifically in Sudan, North Korea and Cuba. Some critics have argued

that Mr. Bolton is better in his public role as advocate than in

his behind-the-scenes role as conciliator. But at this point in history,

the United States needs a public advocate who can further its

case in the court of public opinion. No one does that better than John

Bolton.

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Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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