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(Update) Fred Thomspon for UN Ambassador

10:13 AM, Dec 5, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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(It won't happen, but I'll say it again anyway.)

Posted on November 15, 2006:

If John Bolton decides to bow out of the UN post because of continued Democratic opposition to his confirmation, the president should seriously consider former Tennessee Senator target=_blank>Fred Thompson for the job. Like Bolton, he's tough, well versed in national security, extremely articulate and would be a forceful public advocate for the president's policies. Democrats would be hard pressed to deny him an up or down vote on the Senate floor. A Thompson pick would also send a bold signal that the president isn't about to run-out-the-clock on his term. I'm hopeful the president could persuade Thompson to accept the nomination, but he will probably have to do so over the objections of a few, particularly in the intelligence community. With his background as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Thompson has routinely questioned the performance of our intelligence agencies over the years.

The bottom line: Bush shouldn't answer the Bolton critics by appointing an anti-Bolton type, as some are clamoring for; he should up the ante and put the Democrats on the defensive. Nominate Thompson.