Colin Powell who was used like a tissue by the Bush Administration is oh-so-subtley screwing over John “You Want A Piece of Me!!!!” Bolton:
Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell is emerging as a behind-the-scenes player in the battle over John R. Bolton’s nomination as ambassador to the United Nations, privately telling at least two key Republican lawmaker that Bolton is a smart but very problematic government official, according to Republican sources.
A spokesman for Chafee confirmed that at least two conversations took place. Bolton served under Powell as his undersecretary of state for arms control, and the two were known to have serious clashes.
Powell’s tenure as secretary of state was often marked by friction with the White House on a range of foreign policy issues, disagreements that both sides worked to keep from surfacing. It is not Powell’s style to weigh in strongly against a former colleague, but rather to direct people to what he sees as flaws and potential problems, former associates say. Powell’s views are highly influential with many Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Those who know Powell best said two recent events provide insight into his thinking. Powell did not sign a letter from seven other former U.S. secretaries of state or defense supporting Bolton, and his former chief of staff, Lawrence B. Wilkerson, recently told the New York Times that Bolton would be an “abysmal ambassador.”
“On two occasions, he has let it be known that the Bolton nomination is a bad one, to put it mildly,” a Democratic congressional aide said. “It would be great to have Powell on the record speaking for himself, but he’s unlikely to do it.”
This is one of those ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ moments.
And for those wondering why the Administration is so all-fired in-a-hurry to get Bolton confirmed, keep in mind that we’re only about six weeks away from the June attack on Iran and they want Bolton in place to tell the UN, “Well? What are you gonna do about it pussies?”
Let’s face it: the economy is going south, oil prices will be higher as we go into the summer travel season, Social Security privatization is deader than Bob Dole’s dick, and George Bush’s 2004 mandate fantasy is about to pass it’s “best if used by” date. The only way to keep the yokels from realizing that they’ve been buying fake music lessons and band uniforms for the kids from Professor Bush is to start another Democracy Now! movement in Iran.
As Karl Rove, remembering the great words of Blazing Saddles might put it:
“We’ve gotta protect our phoney-baloney jobs, gentlemen, we must do something about this immediately!”
So pencil them in for June….