Monday, December 04, 2006

A Bad Day

Well, today can't get much worse... Yesterday, I suddenly got huge headaches, to the point where I actually got sick. Serach came home, and she started throwing up, too, though completely unrelated it seems. Weird. Then there's today's news headlines:
  • UN Ambassador John Bolton will resign after his current UN appointment, since the Democrats won't confirm him because he's "too combative". Meanwhile, he's done an excellent job while he's been there. The logic escapes me.
  • One of the things he would do was point out UN corruption - and, since that keeps happening, it's good to have him there. Having someone who doesn't say anything to "be nice" is just plain stupid.
  • Hugo Chavez wins in Venezuela, and he's going to see if he can get rid of the term limits that currently exist. But no, he's not a dictator.
  • Speaking of dictators, it appears that North Korea has been running insurance scams in other countries.
Other than that, life is good. Thanks to yesterday, we still haven't had a chance to go over our expenses for the next Jewish Economics post, but hopefully that will happen soon.


  1. Ouch. I hope you both feel better.

    I'm really sorry to see Bolton go... I mean, is it just me, or is any decent person is being driven out of his spot lately? From Larry Summers at Harvard to Rumsfeld, who, although controversial, did his best, to Bolton... I really don't like the trend.

  2. I don't really understand it either. The only question Democrats should be looking at is whether he's done a good job. His previous experiences in the state department are irrelevant.

    It's almost like someone getting recess appointed to the SC and then being denied reconfirmation because he was a bad law professor.

  3. Feel better, Ezzie and Serach. :-(

    For an ambassador to be "too combative" is a problem. Note that being combative isn't necessarily bad, but being "too" anything is by definition bad. The knock on Bolton is that he's an uncompromising prick. ("A kiss-up, kick-down kind of guy," said the former chief of the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research.)


    Rumsfeld, who, although controversial, did his best

    Secretaries of Defense shouldn't get graded for effort but for results.

  4. No wonder you're sick, I also felt like throwing up when I heard the news about Bolton.

  5. JA - I think UN Ambassadors should get graded the same way. His success at the UN speaks for itself. The Dems have railroaded yet another person who is excellent at their job for political purposes. And I don't buy that being "too" anything is always a bad thing - in the UN, you need someone who is very combative. That he may have been "too" combative within the State Dept. translates perfectly into what his job is at the UN.

  6. JA: He didn't just try to do his best. I think he did the best any American ambassador to the UN could have done under the circumstances.