John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, spoke Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Kansas University.

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satie 6 years, 2 months ago

In the lobby of the Lied Center, a small scruffy group handed out programs, which they had printed themselves, to unknowing attendees. After my husband took an official program from an usher, one of the scruffies handed him one of theirs. We took our seats and I looked at the fake and saw they had divided Mr. Bolton's talk into numbered sections.... one was, "Mr. Bolton burns the Constitution". It was amateurish and written by people who have probably never read our Constitution. Mr. Bolton answered questions after his talk and a couple of people just had to take up mike time with questions designed, in their minds, to make the speaker look bad... the first one got a pass but the audience BOOED loudly at the second. Mr. Bolton patiently answered these and other questions at length and concluded the program. He was given a standing ovation. As we exited the Lied Center, we saw that the small group of misfits had amused themselves by writing scurrilous messages in chalk on the concrete walk outside. But, all their little machinations failed and the evening was great and very informative. As important as American security is, I'm surprised the write up in the LJW was so small. Mr. Bolton had some very significant things to say on the subject.

davidcon 6 years, 2 months ago

I believe you have it wrong satie. You see I am the one that passed out that flier. I was part of a separate group from the other protests. This brochure was made by veterans like myself who not only know the Constitution, but took an oath to defend it. I am not sure if you took the time to read what I handed out. Yes the right side of the brochure was satire and talks about John Bolton burning the Constitution. The left side however is facts about John Bolton that most would find fairly disturbing. He has openly admitted to dodging the vietnam war. I find this hypocritical since he has made policies that send soldiers like myself to fight and die overseas. I also detest the fact that he has disrespected soldiers on T.V. As far as the Constitution goes. Well let me educate you. The War Powers Clause located in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 11 of the Constitution, states “Congress shall have the power to declare War, grant letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water" We have not declared a war since World War II. Since World War II the power to wage war has shifted from the congress to the president. You might argue that the president has the power under the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The War Powers Resolution gives the power to use military force in case of an emergency or an immediate threat to the United States. Aside from my personal belief that this act violates the Constitution, It is clear that the current engagements that we are in were not in a result of an immediate threat. We spent month’s talking about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before Bush launched an invasion. Congress was not consulted till after. It was a month after discussing whether or not we should go to Afghanistan before we launched Operation Enduring Freedom, again this was not a decision by congress. These same circumstances happened with Libya, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia under the Obama administration. The point is, these were obviously not immediate threats if there is weeks or months of discussion within the white house. So the War Powers Resolution does not apply to these circumstances. So since the War Powers Resolution does not apply and we have not declared these wars, we have failed to obey our Constitution. Every politician in office including the president takes a similar oath that I did when I joined the military to obey the constitution. This shows the lack of respect for our own rule of Law within our government. John Bolton Perpetuates and advocates for all of this nonsense overseas, so he might as well be burning the Constitution.

seriouscat 6 years, 2 months ago

  • a million. Well said soldier. Thank you for sharing your view...of which the Bolton sycophants are clearly blind to.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neo-conservative think tank (1997 to 2006) that had strong ties to the American Enterprise Institute. PNAC's web site said it was "established in the spring of 1997" as "a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership."

PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocated for total USA global military domination.

Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. The Project was an initiative of the New Citizenship Project (501c3).

In 2009 two of PNAC's founders, William Kristol and Robert Kagan, began what some termed "PNAC 2.0," The Foreign Policy Initiative.

You will find John Bolton name attached to this list of active players on this questionable and corrupt activity of having the USA military control the world. This is dangerous foreign policy.

Elliott Abrams / Gary Bauer / William J. Bennett / John Bolton / Jeb Bush

Dick Cheney / Eliot A. Cohen / Midge Decter / Paula Dobriansky / Steve Forbes /

Aaron Friedberg / Francis Fukuyama / Frank Gaffney / Fred C. Ikle /

Donald Kagan / Zalmay Khalilzad / I. Lewis Libby / Norman Podhoretz /

Dan Quayle / Peter W. Rodman / Stephen P. Rosen / Henry S. Rowen /

Donald Rumsfeld / Vin Weber / George Weigel / Paul Wolfowitz

Behind the scene:

Newt Gingrich / George Herbert Walker Bush / James Baker / Vice Adm John Poindexter (Iran Contra criminal)

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

You are forgetting that attribution thing again, merrill. People who commit plagiarism = cannot be trusted! (from a source)

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

John Bolton is a RINO war monger = cannot be trusted!

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