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The John Bolton affair is explained with emoticons.

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  1. This is very funny. My favorite is the forehead-slapping “D’oh” emoticon.

  2. I wanted with every fiber of my being not to like this.

    Anon

  3. Bolton 🙁

    The UN 🙁

    Individual liberty 🙂 🙂

  4. I wanted to convey the story of the Abu Gharib tragedy by way of hamster dancers, but who has the time?

  5. Truly, this is the 21st century.

  6. They needed a moustachoed emoticon :{)

  7. Terrific piece. Makes you wonder what this guy could have done with a story on the Lewinsky scandal…

    As for Bolton, my support has waned as well. We NEED someone tough at the UN, someone who can help reorganize and bring some dignity back to the organization, but the more I hear about his conflicts with Colin Powell and his hand grenade-like use of office supplies, the more hesitant I become.

    A GOP senator I generally respect, Chuck Hagel, has expressed discontent. I guess I could live with him as UN ambassador (who knows, maybe he will knock those guys back into line), but you think Condi and George could have come up with someone a little more… diplomatic?

  8. panurge, I think your basic disconnect over Bolton has do with not realizing that bitch-slapping subordinates and submarining Colin Powell are actually reasons to believe that Bolton is just the guy to get tough with the UN and start some reforms rolling.

    The joint is chock full of diplomats, one more is going to make about as much difference as another lobbyist on K Street. The old definition of insanity applies to international affairs, you know. If you just keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results.

  9. R C Dean-

    You have a good point. But will the UN diplomats react with scorn and just ignore anything he says?

    I do not want a suck-up or pushover to go to the UN. I just want someone who can outsmart rather than outshout.

  10. Another note- bear in mind that one of the most damning testimonies against him came from a fellow conservative Republican who agrees that the UN needs to be reformed.

  11. Ken,

    Not hamsters, squirrels. Don’t compromise on the talent, man!

  12. R C Dean, could you tell me in specific terms what the Bush admin is trying to do in the UN right now that it can’t do, but could do if it had someone there who was a little bit meaner?

  13. bear in mind that one of the most damning testimonies against him came from a fellow conservative Republican who agrees that the UN needs to be reformed

    Who are you referring to?

  14. Those aren’t emoticons; they’re rich iconic graphics or something else, but I object to their being confused with the important linguistic function of your standard :), :-), ;-), or my preferred :->. :->

  15. The Bolton affair might be more accurately conveyed by the SA Forums emoticon set.

    Actually you could do the whole thing with just :tinfoil:, :raise:, :nyd: and :byewhore:.

  16. Dan-

    I don’t remember his name, but he was the bearded guy who made the phrase “kiss up, kick down” famous.

  17. Carl Ford?

    I admit that I haven’t been following the testimony (since I rate the importance of UN Ambassador somewhere between the White House wine steward and the guy who parks Dick Cheney’s car) but I had gotten the impression that there had been accusations considerably more serious than “he treats his underlings like shit”. Is that really the “most damning testimony” that was heard — that he abuses underlings?

  18. ^_^

    Who says squirrels have more talent than hamsters?! Talent my ass! You take that back, ya hear? Lest I be crawling up your special place when you least expect it….

  19. Dan-

    I said “one of” the most damning. There is clearly some worse stuff out there, most likely whatever Colin Powell is whispering into Hagel, Chafee, and Voinivich’s ears.

  20. Dan,

    There are the illegal intercepts of NSA cables, about which the White House is stonewalling Lugar’s committee; and there is the dissemination of known/should have been known bogus intel about the alleged Cuban offensive bioweapons program.

    On top the inability to behave like a professional.

  21. There is clearly some worse stuff out there, most likely whatever Colin Powell is whispering into Hagel, Chafee, and Voinivich’s ears

    “Here’s a chance to be on TV”? 🙂

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