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John Bolton - A Man of Wisdom and Expertise: Don't Dare Challenge!

Reported by Janie - August 2, 2005

Yesterday (8/1) on Dayside, guest-host Juliet Huddy spent the majority of the show discussing the recess appointment of U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, and interviewed Fox Contributors Rich Lowery and Ellis Hennican.

Huddy began the segment by making a rather snide remark: “So will Bolton bring wisdom and expertise as President Bush said, or has he shown a contempt for diplomacy as Democratic Senator Dianne Fienstein suggested? (laughs) I can’t believe that comment.”

Comments: Really Ms. Huddy? Maybe that's because you haven't done your research on Bolton. According to Bolton himself, "There's no such thing as the United Nations. If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference", "Diplomacy is not an end in itself if it does not advance U.S. interests" and "Many Republicans in Congress - and perhaps a majority - not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a "make my day" outcome. Indeed, once the vote is lost, and the adverse consequences predicted by the U.N.'s supporters begin to occur, this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing more should be paid to the U.N. system." (Video of some of Bolton's statements can be seen here)

If Huddy had bothered to do any research into Bolton, rather than persistently spewing the Republican Party line, she would be able to see that there is some truth to the statements made by Fienstein, and Huddy might be able to "believe" that this comment was made.

As an aside, I'd like to take a moment to thank Ellis Hennican, the Fox News Contributor. During the segment, one audience member made the statement "If the Democrats would finally accept the fact, they didn't win the last election. Mr. Bush and the Republicans did, so they should be able to run Congress and make the appointments, and have them approved!" to which Hennican very heatedly responded "So Democrats should never express any opinion, should never oppose things they think are bad for the country? Boy, that’s not my view of Patriotism!" This comment was received with a small round of applause, and Huddy quickly cutting off both the comment and applause. The statement was put out there however; and for that, a hearty thanks would be appropriate!

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