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Updated on March 2, 2012

Did Bolton know better?

The reason why the United States Senate did not approve John Bolton's appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has been very clear after the end of the Bush administration.

He has been given a platform by some of the media to show his "hawkish" side on every issue, from Israel and Iran to the Libyan uprising, always being on the side of aggression.

In Libya he wanted the Gadhafi compound to be bombed instantly to end the regime quicker than how or what the U.S. and NATO forces were planning to achieve to remove the dictator.

The slowness of the Obama administration to rain bombs on Gadhafi and his supporters was a sign of weakness. Yet, events have shown that he (Bolton) was wrong, as Gadhafi eventually fell at the hands of his own people.

With Iran, he would have bombed the nuclear facilities there, in the blink of an eye, if he had the power; and there too Obama was weakening the U.S. resolve and determination to stop that country from producing nuclear weapons.

He has been advocating for war to solve almost every issue, and a person like that could only be placed in the category of Adolf Hitler, who propelled war against all nations in Europe and lost.

Bolton's newest target has been Afghanistan, where there have been religious demonstrations across that country for the burning of the Quran by members of U.S/NATO forces.

As a result, six U.S. military personnel have lost their lives, even after President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart, President Hamid Karzai, have discussed the situation over the telephone and through some other means.

His argument was that Obama's apology was "not accepted", and that the gesture has been a reinforcement for the Taliban; but how would he know that, nobody could tell.

The demonstrations were of a religious nature, and therefore they went beyond just one faction of the Afghan society; and although, the Taliban would take advantage and elicit support from the act of a few soldiers, who might have thought that burning the Quran was just a joke; but that was not the point.

The outcome has been devastating, with the death of two military advisers and four officers, and it was hard to tell if that was the end. So, any statement from politicians and people like Bolton, should be made with some sense of condemnation of the Quran burning, to cool tempers.

Bolton has joined the Republican Party candidates running for president, Romney, Santorum and Gingrich, to berate Obama that an apology was not necessary. "That would embolden the enemy," they all had said.

However, many Americans have concluded that the action of the soldiers was foolish, and that they have contributed to the deaths of their colleagues as a result.

The Afghans were demanding that the actual soldiers should be punished; yet, in light of six army personnel losing their lives over the incident, any such demand would only prolong the matter even farther.

If Obama's apology, which to many was in line, but was not acceptable by the demonstrators, then Bolton and others should add theirs to it to see how far they could go to stop the outrage that the Afghans felt.

To make inflammatory remarks, as Bolton and his kind were making, would only aggravate more people.


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