Bill Clinton for U.N.?
President Bush now has to find someone to represent the United States at the United Nations. John Bolton, an unconfirmed recess appointment, was not acceptable to Senate Democrats and brought a highly partisan approach to the U.N.
It is an important post. Typically, this president will opt for a Republican for every key position in his administration.
That approach has not worked too well, as indicated by the political defeat in November. During World War II, Democratic President Roosevent insisted that many key posts be filled by qualified Republicans. President Kennedy did the same during the early stages of the Vietnam War, appointing the distinguished Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. to be ambassador to South Vietnam.
Both these presidents felt that bipartisan appointments were appropriate in a time of war.
At a time when Bush policies have offended so many former allies, it would make sense to have at the U.N. an American who is widely respected around the world. I would suggest that Bush appoint Bill Clinton to the post. He lives in N.Y., has an office in Manhattan and commands world respect. He is brilliant, to boot.
Could Bush live with such a choice? Probably not, but it would be a good thing for America. Would Clinton take the post? I think he'd relish it.
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