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Is John Bolton a Reckless, Unilateralist, Right-Wing Ideologue?

What are we to make of John Bolton? The New York Times called his appointment as United Nations ambassador “a terrible choice at a critical time.” But if Bolton is despised by many on the Left, he is a hero to quite a few on the Right. What does he really deserve: contempt or adulation?

Bolton, now at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., has a new book out, Surrender is Not an Option, telling the story of his career. I’ve reviewed it in the latest issue of Commentary and I found myself agreeing with the New York Times. He was indeed a terrible choice for UN ambassador — terrible, that is, for the corrupt UN. 

If a Republican wins the presidency next year, what would be the most suitable appointment for Bolton in the new administration? My own preference would be to nominate him as Director of National Intelligence. Among other things, Bolton is a bureaucratic steamroller; and if there ever was a crying need for fixing a set of broken institutions, this is it.  

If readers have other suggestions, I would welcome them.

What are we to make of John Bolton? The New York Times called his appointment as United Nations ambassador “a terrible choice at a critical time.” But if Bolton is despised by many on the Left, he is a hero to quite a few on the Right. What does he really deserve: contempt or adulation?

Bolton, now at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., has a new book out, Surrender is Not an Option, telling the story of his career. I’ve reviewed it in the latest issue of Commentary and I found myself agreeing with the New York Times. He was indeed a terrible choice for UN ambassador — terrible, that is, for the corrupt UN. 

If a Republican wins the presidency next year, what would be the most suitable appointment for Bolton in the new administration? My own preference would be to nominate him as Director of National Intelligence. Among other things, Bolton is a bureaucratic steamroller; and if there ever was a crying need for fixing a set of broken institutions, this is it.  

If readers have other suggestions, I would welcome them.

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