John Bolton Will Not End Well
Wait until Trump starts working with this swamp veteran with bad press and Pentagon push-back who likes to name-drop Edmund Burke.
“Let me just say from the outset that I don’t consider Bolton credible.” Those aren’t the words of one of my former Obama administration colleagues, who are thinking much worse. That’s none other than George W. Bush, as reported by the New York Times’ Peter Baker. The president was responding to the assertion made by his former UN Ambassador John Bolton – the one put in the job with a recess appointment because he was never going to get through Senate confirmation – that the Bush administration had drifted too far from its muscular ways.
Just let that sink in.
John Bolton is a long-standing member of the Washington swamp. He’s been a senior official in multiple Republican administrations, a private sector lawyer and think tanker, political mover and shaker, author of books and scores of articles, and prominent speaker and pundit. Bolton’s appointment as national security advisor has detonated like a neutron bomb among foreign policy wonks. Thinking back over the past 20 years – heck, let’s say 60 – I am hard pressed to think of any foreign policy official who has caused such angst before they even started the job.