Who replaces John Bolton?

Since John Bolton will not be returning as UN Ambassador, this is who the media is talking about as potential candidates to replace him.

Here are some of the leading candidates:

George Mitchell

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. His resume like others here is impressive, including co-chair with Newt Gingrich of the Congressionally mandated Task Force on the United Nations. Here is a PDF of the task force’s final report, entitled American Interests and UN Reform. Other highlights in Senator Mitchell’s accomplishments include being chairman of the talks which produced the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and as Chairman of the Mitchell Commission which was the framework for President Bush’s Roadmap to Peace in the Mid-East.  On the down side Senator Mitchell also served as a director for the Boston Red Sox… As a New Yorker… his connection to the Red Sox organization certainly makes me question his judgement…

snun.jpgFormer Senator Sam Nunn.  Currently the co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NTI(Nuclear Threat Initiative), a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. During his 24 year Senate career Senator Nunn served as chairman of the powerful U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees.


Jim Leachthe former Republican congressman from Iowa who voted “no” on going into Iraq is reportedly among those being considered.  He does however have a background in foreign service. Here is some of his background: House Comittee assignments and previous public service experience; Committee on International Relations; Chairman, Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations, Co-Chairman 199193; Parliamentarians for Global Action, President 199193; Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, Chairman 198384; 197173 Foreign Service Officer assigned to Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; United Nations General Assembly, Delegate; Geneva Disarmament Conference, Delegate; 196970 Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (Donald Rumsfeld) 196869 Foreign Service Officer, Department of State; 196566 Graduate student on the staff of Congressman Donald Rumsfeld.


Ambassador R. Nicholas Burnsis the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the Department of State’s third ranking official. Appointed by President Bush, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 2005 and was sworn into office by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As Under Secretary, he oversees U.S. policy in each region of the world and serves in the senior career Foreign Service position at the Department. Prior to his current assignment, Ambassador Burns was the United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As Ambassador to NATO, he headed the combined State-Defense Department U.S. Mission to NATO at a time when the Alliance committed to new missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war against terrorism, and accepted seven new members.


Paula J. Dobrianskywas nominated by President Bush on March 12, 2001, unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 26, and on May 1, sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. On July 29, 2005, she became Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for a broad range of foreign policy issues, including democracy, human rights, labor, refugee and humanitarian relief matters, and environmental/science issues. She has also been designated as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was responsible for managing the Council’s office and operations in D.C. and for leading Council meetings, study groups, and seminars that served over 1,000 area members. She was also the Council’s first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.


 Dr. Zalmay Khalilzadwas nominated Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Iraq by President Bush on April 5, 2005. Dr. Khalilzad was sworn in on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 in Baghdad and presented his credentials to President Talabani the same day.

Dr. Khalilzad served as Ambassador to Afghanistan from November 2003 to June 2005, during which time he continued as the Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan. For his service in Afghanistan Secretary Rumsfeld awarded Dr. Khalilzad the Defense Department medal for outstanding public service. President Karzai awarded him the King Ghazi Ammanullah Medal, Afghanistan’s highest medal. Earlier he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Islamic Outreach and Southwest Asia Initiatives at the National Security Council. Prior to that, Dr. Khalilzad was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Southwest Asia, Near East, and North African Affairs at the National Security Council. He was also a Special Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large for the Free Iraqis. Dr. Khalilzad headed the Bush-Cheney transition team for the Department of Defense and has been a Counselor to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.

joe-lieberman.jpgJoe Lieberman has to be one of the more politically intriguing potential candidates for UN Ambassador.  It seems that every national security cabinet position that comes available or is rumored to be becoming available, someone floats Joe Lieberman’s name out there as a potential candidate. If it is the white house floating the rumors they must really want the guy, not to mention used to being rejected by him. Another option could be the Libs within his own party seeking to get him out elected office.  Today Salon.com again put the rumor out that Joe is one of those being considered as a candidate to replace John Bolton.  This is not the first time that Lieberman would have been considered for the position, as the NY Daily News points out in an article written over a year ago. Since Lieberman turned the position down then why would he accept it now.  Especially after winning a hard fought campaign to keep his Senate seat. Salon implies that the White House istrying to get Lieberman to take the position in order to allow CT Governor Jodi Rell (a Republican) to appoint a replacement to the Senate… If she were to appoint a Republican it would put the Senate in a 50-50 tie, with VP Cheney having the tie breaking vote. Essentially giving the Republicans control of the Senate.

Like I said this is the most intriguing politically of the rumored candidates, but interestingly enough this rumor is coming out via Salon and the Daily Kos. It is almost like they want him out of the Senate. While I think that Lieberman would be a good candidate for the position, I think his voice in the Senate is far more valuable to the administration than it ever could be at the UN, even if his appointment to the UN would bring about Republican control of the Senate. Besides knows who Governor Rell would appoint to replace Lieberman. She could after all appoint Ned Lamont to replace him… Now that is a scary thought.     

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  1. None of the above have the Bolton spirit, a truely remarkable student of Amb. J. kirpatrick. It will be not only a mistake to remove Joes Lieberman from the Senate, but to appoint a Jew II am one!) to deal with the numerous antisemitic haters of America is uncalled for. The least harmful and most hawkish is by far Sam Nunn. There must be another brainy Ms. Kirpatrick, a true American thinker and not an international operator like the current ambassdor to Iraq. The international community needs to interact with a true face of thoughtful, proud ambassador coming without a political agenda, but that of the safety and generosity of this nation, unyielding to the winds of isolation, surrender at all cost, so reminiscent of the majority Democrats (Championed by the Hitler apoloogist Amb. Joe Kennedy, the only U.S Amb. to the u.K ever asked to be removed!) before WW2.

  2. TJ:

    I agree with you that none of the above will give us the spunk that John Bolton does. Of those listed clearly Mitchell and Nunn have the best resume’s, but I have found nothing that demonstrates they support our position on the War on Terror.

    Thanks for your comment


  3. I liked Bolton because he did not try to buy our way into or out of anything. He spoke on behalf of America. The Democrats want someone who will appease and please. I doubt that I will be happy with any of their choices.
    I am so tired of being taken advantage of by these corrupt little crooks.

  4. Madmouser;

    Whoever we send to the UN it would be nice to send them with an eviction notice.

    Thanks for your comment


  5. I don’t like any of the choices. I say we storm the building and insist they vote in favor of John Bolton! (Only j/k, but…)

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