COMMENTARY | Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton gave Barack Obama's foreign policy a critique at a recent Mitt Romney event, according to ABC News. Bolton, who was once mentioned as a possible Secretary of State by Newt Gingrich, nevertheless supports Romney.
Bolton struck to the heart of Obama's foreign policy credibility, which seems to consist of boasting about the execution of Osama bin Laden by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs. Bolton suggested Obama boasting about killing bin Laden was the equivalent of President Richard Nixon bragging about the Apollo moon landing. Both accomplishments happened within the terms of the respective presidents. Both presidents had little or nothing to do with them.
Bolton brings a lot of conservative credibility to the Romney campaign. Bolton's appointment as U.N. ambassador was filibustered by Senate Democrats, mainly because of his criticism of the United Nations as an institution. This obliged President George W. Bush to make Bolton's ambassadorship a recess appointment. Bolton spent nearly a year as champion of U.N. reform and an advocate for American interests in the world body.
Needless to say, Bolton is very popular among conservatives, believing his approach to diplomacy is just what is needed as a balm against what is seen as Obama's appeasement and vacillation. His speech pounded that point home, when he accused the president of being the first who did not place the national security of the United States as his top priority.
The involvement of Bolton in the Romney campaign goes a long way to allay doubts about the former Massachusetts governor and his reputation as a New England moderate. Bolton is decidedly not a moderate, adhering to a muscular emphasis on enhancing American power and influence as the best way to preserve world peace and to advance freedom. This is the policy that was followed by President Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush to differing degrees. Bolton, by his status as a Romney surrogate, is suggesting a President Romney would also follow that approach.
Does that mean Bolton could be expected to be Romney's Secretary of State? One suspects Romney was not so indiscrete as to make promises. But the possibility is out there. One wonders how that appointment will be viewed by the same Senate Democrats who wanted him kept out of the U.N.