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Quotes From Hearing on Bolton Nomination

April 11, 2005

Some remarks from Monday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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``We need help to advance security, democracy and human rights. This fact should not preclude us from taking unilateral action when it’s in our interest, but it does require that we be persistent and imaginative in our pursuit of international support.″ _ Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

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``Diplomatic speech by any high-ranking administration official has policy consequences. It should never be undertaken simply to score international debating points to appeal to segments of the U.S. public opinion or to validate a personal point of view.″ _ Lugar.

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``Some have said that sending you to New York would be like sending Nixon to China. I’m concerned it will be more like sending the bull into a china shop.″ _ Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the committee’s top Democrat.

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``You, I think, have the experience, you have the knowledge, you have the background and the right principles to come into the United Nations at this time.″ _ Sen. George Allen, R-Va.

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``Unquestionably, the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has led some people to question our goodwill and our credibility.″ _ Bolton.

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``You said all the right things in your opening statement.″ _ Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., whose vote may be pivotal for Bolton’s nomination.

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``I think that weapons of mass destruction and terrorism and the confluence of those two things are the biggest threat to international peace and security that the civilized community faces. And the Security Council should play a role in that. That’s a position I’ve taken ... within this administration from the get-go.″ _ Bolton.

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