Bolton to Step Down
Monday, December 04, 2006
(SNN Washington) It appears John Bolton is going to become the second administration casualty after the midterm elections. While Mr. Bolton has not realized all of his plans for his appointment, President Bush says he is happy with Bolton’s service.
President Bush was unhappy with Bolton’s treatment, saying he was "deeply disappointed that a handful of United States senators prevented Ambassador Bolton from receiving the up or down vote he deserved in the Senate." President Bush has been outspokenly against the committee system within the Senate when Senate committees have voted against his initiatives.
While he has been a catalyst for change, Bolton’s main goal of reform within the United Nations has not been realized. His plan which involved pushing the UN building into the East River, was highly opposed by his fellow ambassadors. The opposition came partially because of difficulty of securing heavy earthmoving equipment inside New York City, but mostly because he wanted them to be inside the building at the time.
In a letter to Bush, Bolton offered no reason for his decision. "After careful consideration, I have concluded that my service in your administration should end when the current recess appoint expires," Bolton wrote. The administration now plans to send Bolton to a farm, where he can spend his days playing with the other walruses.