Writing at The American Conservative, Daniel R. Depetris says John Bolton’s record of temper tantrums and berating employees with differing views must stop when he gets to the White House if there is to be any hope for success.
It has been about four days since President Donald Trump appointed former U.S. ambassador John Bolton to be his next national security adviser, and the reactions have ranged all over the map. Fellow uber-hawks like Senators Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton are charged up about Bolton joining Trump’s national security team, while the rest of us are heading to church and praying.
As dangerous as Bolton’s foreign policy views are—which, if one were to sum them up, consist of bombing any adversary callous enough not to succumb to America’s wishes—his cutthroat, take-no-prisoners approach to policymaking should be just as nerve-wracking.
The ambassador’s biggest task, however, is to keep an open mind and check his temper at the West Wing’s main gate.
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