WASHINGTON - July 28 - This morning, two hunger strikers interrupted the long
overdue Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on John Bolton's
nomination as US Ambassador to the U.N. They wore t-shirts saying "No
Bolton" and urged Senators to reject Bolton as the worst possible choice
for the job and for world peace.
Gael Murphy, 52 and Eve Tetaz, 73, both of Washington, D.C., were
removed by Capitol Police for disrupting the hearing. Murphy, a
co-founder of CODEPINK, is currently on her 24th day of a long-term fast
for peace called Troops Home FAST (www.troopshomefast.org). As Bolton
finished his remarks and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) opened the floor
to questions, she stood up and told the Senators, "As a resident of
Washington, D.C. without a representative in the Senate, I want to
register my "no" vote to this man's confirmation as ambassador. This man
does not represent the interests of the US, He does not speak for the
American people. This is a man who says a cease-fire is unnecessary
while civilians are being bombed and ambulances and hospitals are being
hit. John Bolton is a man for war not peace"
Tetaz also spoke to the Committee saying, "I object to this appointment
in the name of my grandchildren. John Bolton does not speak for people
who stand by the principles of human rights and international
cooperation. How can he represent the United States in the U.N. if he
violates the core principles of justice, mercy, and diplomacy?"
Three others attended the hearing wearing t-shirts denouncing the
appointment, including hunger-strikers Ret. Col. Ann Wright, 59, of
Honolulu, Hawaii, Jesse Dyen, 36 of Oakland, CA and Linda Weiner, 45 of
Over thirty foreign Ambassadors - of countries that agree with the U.S.
on U.N. reform issues - have independently raised concerns about Bolton.
Bolton, who has defied orders, manipulated intelligence, and abused
subordinates throughout his career, is a loose cannon. He does not
tolerate dissent, nor does he work with people who hold opposing
viewpoints - the most basic element of diplomacy. John Bolton simply
can't get the results we need.
With an increasingly volatile situation in the Middle East, and
declining support around the world for the U.S. hard-lined positions, we
need more than ever a U.N. Ambassador who can reach out to others rather
than further isolating the U.S. from the international community.
Wright said, "as a 16-year diplomat, Bolton is no diplomat, he is the
worst possible choice for ambassador if America wants to regain any
stature in the world and be known as anything other than a bully. John
Bolton epitomized the bullying of the Bush Administration."