John Bolton Flames Out by Michael Krepon

September 11, 2019 | Forbes

There was no other way. John Bolton goes full tilt. He’s a bull in a china shop, and that doesn’t do him justice. He’s all in, all the time. This was his last shot at tearing down the work of others from the inside.

No one else could have tapped him to be National Security Adviser, and the man who did so, President Donald Trump, is also a bull in a china shop. If former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ military call sign was Chaos, Bolton and Trump are call sign tornado and hurricane, respectively. Diplomacy isn’t their game.

These two forces of nature were bound to clash.

 

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