State Dept admits Bolton gave inaccurate answers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department reversed itself on Thursday night and acknowledged that President Bush's U.N. ambassador nominee gave Congress inaccurate information about an investigation he was involved in.
The acknowledgment came after the State Department had earlier insisted nominee John Bolton's "answer was truthful" when he said he had not been questioned or provided information to jury or government investigations in the past five years.
Of course, to the Bush administration, this makes Bolton even MORE qualified. Before, he seemed like he was only incompetent and divisive. Now we know that he's a liar, too. That's the classic Bushian Trifecta, and it can only mean one thing: promote that man.
Lying about one's background seems to be typical, common behavior for Bush's nominees. Think the "liberal media" will notice?
And why did the State Department previously insist that Bolton's answer was "truthful" when it wasn't? Is the State Department being pressured to lie on behalf of the Bush administration?
And - since Bush doesn't think that the norms of human decency apply to him - will he actually do a recess appointment of Bolton? A man caught lying? A man the American People have a very low opinion of? A man who is very possibly up to his neck in Turdgate? If he does, will his popularity crash to levels not known since Hoover was President? If it does, will even more Republicans start jumping ship?
Stay tuned, because Bush has no good options.