**********A SHORT BUT CLASSIC ATLAS MOVIE*******
If you missed Bolton's speech, listen here. It was historic and the best thing I saw at CPAC. It was that impressive . One for the ages. I am still trying to track down the full video of lightening Bolton's speech. But listen to the audio. I insist! You will be tested and you will thank me.
Bluey wrote here;
Bolton, meanwhile, gave a moving speech about the role America must play in the world and the challenges we face from enemies. The most rousing line in the speech was his quip about firing Kofi Annan — something he wishes the UN had done while Annan was still in charge.
Bolton also went out of his way to sincerely thank the supporters who wrote letters to Congress, called their senators and did whatever was asked of them to support him during his confirmation fight. Unfortunately for Bolton and the American people, it wasn’t meant to be. Fortunately for us, Bolton isn’t giving up the fight for America.
. Grabbed this off Free Republic here.
Starting with Iran, Bolton said that the United States is the only nation in the world capable of dealing with Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “That’s not unilateralism,” said Bolton, “that’s leadership.”
Bolton seemed greatly relieved to be out of the UN, though he mentioned his disappointment at not being confirmed to the ambassador’s post there. But free of diplomatic constraint, he ripped at the institution and its former Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who Bolton said – to the cheers of the crowd -- “…should have been fired for incompetence long ago.”
On UN reform, Bolton said we have achieved very little. To actually reform the UN, he said, the funding of it must be changed from the “assessed dues” system. Now the U.S. pays about 22% of the UN’s budget. Stack that fact to one side. Consider then, Bolton said, that of the 192 members of the UN, 97 are a majority. And of the lowest-paying 97 UN members, all 97 of them pay a TOTAL of 0.3% of the UN’s budget in assessed dues. Place that aside the US contribution and you find that we pay about seventy times as much to the UN as a majority of its members.
Bolton said that we should only pay what we wish, not what the UN says we owe: “pay for what we want and demand we get what we pay for.”
Interview With Vice-President Cheney here:
QUESTION: Now, moving to North Korea, you've heard your friend John Bolton has said that this deal is a huge mistake and rewards bad behavior. Do you think that John Bolton has a point? Answer here
Back to CPAC -- little time to reflect but certain things I am sure of it. McCain's absence speaks volumes. He is soooo over.
Somewhere in Washington, DC A Conservative Political Action Conference Is Missing An Idiot
Brownback had a group of cheerleaders following him around chanting BROWNBACK BROWNBACK BROWNBACK. It's too early for any of this IMAO. My candidate hasn't arrived but if I am wrong and this in indeed the field of candidates, then the race is Romney's or Giuliani's to lose.
As far as Coulter's out of the left field "faggot" remark goes -- it may have been a poor choice of words but further Atlas investigation reveals John Edwards campaign has a mostly gay staff and rumors about his sexuality are rife. Just for knowing.
The fact is if there is any true to these rumors, that perhaps Edwards is gay, shouldn't we know that? Shouldn't we know if this man is deceiving his wife, children, country and living a lie? Shouldn't we know if a man that represents the party that celebrates gay rights is so ashamed of it, he lives a ginormous lie? Regardless of your position on gay marriage, regardless of whether you celebrate or merely tolerate the gay lifestyle, we ought to know if John Edwards is a liar and a hypocrite. More here.
Update: on the CPAC straw poll results. Mayor Giuliani finished a strong second with 17% of the vote, and won the second choice question. He was four points ahead of his nearest competitor on the combined first/second choice question. This combined measure is significant because it indicates a greater depth of support. This result represents a strong vote of confidence for Rudy from CPAC regulars.
Combined first + second choice:
Giuliani 34, Gingrich 30, Romney 30
Romney 21, Giuliani 17, Brownback 15, Gingrich 14, McCain 12
UPDATE: Fausta thoughts on CPAC here.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that I spent time with AJ Strata of the Stratsphere. I had a fascinating conversation with him (as his gorgeous daughter looked on) about the ongoing cover-up of the macabre Litvinenko incident. death. And Where the hell is the rest of that smuggled plutonium. I am going to have AJ on my show next week. You'll hear the latest in this frightening, really frightening story. I was riveted when he described how his family ihas the emergency plan should the plutonium hit the fan.