抽水之王

美國總統布殊,周一利用憲法授予他的權利,任命博爾頓為美國駐聯合國大使。博爾頓的提名,一直在參議院卡住,只因民主黨國會議員認為博爾頓屬於鷹派、屢次批評聯合國、也有連串粗暴對待下屬的紀錄。由於提名一直拿不到通過所需的六十票,所以布殊使出「橫手」,趁國會休假時繞過議員進行任命,造成既定事實,即使國會要確認任命,也是下年的事了。

博爾頓的提名具爭議性,當然有人支持有人反對。《紐約時報》站在反對任命一邊,昨日(周二)該報社論,就形容他的任命對聯合國而言是宗「極壞的消息」,也批評布殊任命這個人為大使,不單對聯合國,對國際外交也顯得毫不尊重。

不過最精采的,還是第一段:

If there’s a positive side to President Bush’s appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations yesterday, it’s that as long as Mr. Bolton is in New York, he will not be wreaking diplomatic havoc anywhere else. Talks with North Korea, for instance, have been looking more productive since Mr. Bolton left the State Department, and it’s hard not to think that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s generally positive performance in office is due, in part, to her canniness in dispatching Mr. Bolton out of Washington.

一連氣「抽水」三次,這篇毫不客氣的社論,真是可名為「抽水之王」!只是嫌《紐約時報》出手太早,在第一段將話說得太明白,如果將這段東西放到最後,肯定效果加倍。

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