Diplomatically speaking, Bolton is no Moynihan!
On March 30, 2005, Newsday (New York) ran an op-ed authored by Maura Moynihan, daughther of Senator Moynihan. In it, she makes the case that Bolton is no Moynihan, despite the chorus of conservative voices claiming otherwise.

March 30, 2005

Maura Moynihan, daughter of Senator Daniel Moynihan wrote an op-ed for Newsday ( New York ) in which she argued that John Bolton is no Moynihan.

In comparing Bolton to Senator Moynihan, conservatives have “distorted our New York senator’s views on diplomacy and international law.”

Maura Moynihan details her father’s record as both a fierce defender of American interests and a pragmatic internationalist. “When right-wing commentators claim that Bolton ‘s outspokenness makes him ‘the next Pat Moynihan,’ let us remember that Moynihan often said that in Washington toughness and ignorance are frequently confused.”

“Bolton has said that if the UN building in Manhattan ‘lost 10 stories it wouldn’t make a bit of difference,’ and Robert Novak recently said, ‘No one had more contempt for the UN than Pat Moynihan.’ Nonsense. Moynihan said: ‘The UN was created by our country, and embodies our conception of international law … these are the proclaimed standards of the nations of the world, to which they are bound by solemn covenant.'”

“Moynihan sought to restore integrity to the UN, not to dismantle the institution created by the Allies after the defeat of Hitler and the Axis powers.”
“The senator frequently admonished his constituents that we’d be worse off without the UN, and was furious with the United States for not paying its UN dues, since it weakened our influence and stature.”

To read the full op-ed, please click here to be redirected to Newsday.

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