Skip to comments.Bush’s Fast-Track Confirmation Plan Continues: May Nominate Muslim U.N. Ambassador
Posted on 12/10/2006 3:34:23 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy
If President Bush hasnt come up with this plan to get his nominees through a Senate that will soon be controlled by Democrats on purpose, it sure is one heck of an accident.
First, Bush nominated Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. Gates answer to a single question from Carl Levin secured a landslide thumbs-up from the full Senate. When Gates was asked if the U.S. was winning the war in Iraq, he answered no. It was the two-lettered word heard round the partisan world.
As a result of the resounding success of this one instance of placating, either truthfully or cunningly, Senate Dems, I then recommended a similar approach for all future Bush nominees.
It could be that Bush is up to it again. Robert Novak believes that a Bush administration Muslim could be the front-runner to be nominated to replace the outgoing John Bolton as Ambassador to the United Nations:
Zalmay Khalilzad, who was announced this week as leaving as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is the leading prospect to replace John Bolton as envoy to the United Nations.
President Bush was reported by aides as looking for someone who approximates Boltons combination of toughness and diplomatic skill and has tentatively decided on Khalilzad. A native of Afghanistan, he has served in government posts dating back to 1985 and is the highest-ranking Muslim in the Bush administration.
Another nominee on the fast-track! What high-profile Senate Democrat is going to have the brass donkeys to put the kibosh on a Muslim candidate for any post? I didnt think so.
Death by a thousand cuts, but now the president is holding the knife.
This is a horror. Tell me that it is not true!
This isnt the first website I have seen this.
You don't even know this guy, do you?
Man, do we need another Reagan!!
I like GW, but he AND the rest of the pubbies need to "grow some" and kick butt.
um...a fan of Zbigniew Brzezinski ?
Khalilzad (currently US Ambassador in Iraq) is a good guy. I don't care whether he is Afghani by birth or not. He wouldn't be the worst choice. I have no problem at all with Khalilzad...
The longer Bush is in office, the less I like him.
Any guesses as to how long it will be before he teams with Ms. Nancy to pass the "comprehensive immigration" bill?
Just what would you have a problem with?
January 4th or 5th.
the Bolton card was played to the end - the votes aren't there, that's it. what do you want Bush to do, hold a gun to Chaffee's head during the vote?
I don't know enough about this new guy to comment.
FYI: Zalmay Khalilzad is regarded by ALL informed conservatives (vs reactionary bigots like several of the posters on this thread) as BEYOND Bolton-esque.
Many regard what Zalmay has been able to accomplish in Afghanistan and Iraq (re: constitutions/elections) as absolutely miraculous! He would be a PHENOMENAL ambassador to the UN . . . and Bolton would be the first to endorse his nomination!
Whom do you want Bush to nominate? I think that he should nominate Sen. George Allen. He's a conservative member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. He was a U.S. rep. and governor.
The Nuclear option would have been nice! It also would have been a shot in the arm to the base. Bolton had 58 votes. and the dems did what they have done for 6 years obstruct.
there is no nuclear option on committee.
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