Blog Roundup #22

A sampling of United Nations related blog commentary

Hedgehog Report: “Democrats Continue Filibuster On Bolton – From The LA Times. “The Senate standoff over John R. Bolton’s nomination as ambassador to the United Nations continued Tuesday…. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Bush could end the impasse if he chose to. “This is not a standoff yet,” he said after the luncheon. “It’s up to the president. We’re not the obstructionists. He is.”

Progressive Commons: “As the John Bolton nomination process draws to its pathetic and inexorable close, and as the conservative refrain regarding UN reform has grown deliberately drone-like … it is worth a look back at why the UN remains such a fundamentally important institution, one that we risk trivializing only to our own detriment. So it was with much happiness that I came upon a piece describing in fascinating detail the history of the UN’s formation, a history largely forgotten or unknown, and one that gives us a very different picture of the role of the United Nations, both at its founding and today. Read up, and get armed – the battle to “reform,” by which they mean “reduce, trivialize, and circumscribe,” isn’t a battle that we can afford to lose.”

Washington Note: “The White House seems to think that it can wear down Democratic resolve and get two Dems to switch to cloture…. This is no longer about Bolton. It is about Frist’s presidential chances — and whether he wants to gamble his national identity on win/loss records on judges or John Bolton.”