Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell and Policy Analyst James McKeon wrote an op-ed in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists detailing concerns with John Bolton’s foreign policy blunders.
“While it might surprise some, there are actually standards of civility in Washington. There is an understanding that to account for unforeseen changes in hierarchies (a subordinate ends up becoming your counterpart or your boss) and for the fact that this town is actually quite small (even a few burnt bridges makes movement impossible), you must treat those around you with respect. There are some DC operators that have never troubled themselves with these standards, however. They assume that their skill and expertise will outweigh any concerns over their impropriety.
Unfortunately, they are usually right. People endure their behavior, because the policy gains make it worthwhile.
In this respect, the case of John Bolton is quite curious. He has a noted reputation as a bully and a penchant for vehemently rejecting ideas that conflict with his own. Perhaps these things could be overlooked in favor of his experience with and knowledge of the government. Except John Bolton’s record of analysis and advice is actually terrible. This becomes even more apparent when it comes to nuclear policy issues. Bolton has been—and continues to be—wrong about Iran, North Korea, and Iraq, and while his past mistakes are readily seen and felt, the details bear repeating.” Read more