Bolton, who has close ties to Vice President Dick Cheney, is the reigning bete noire of Washington’s foreign policy liberals ? and a hero to neoconservatives. He’s been called “highly principled” and “human scum”; a “delightful colleague” and “the most hated man in the State Department”; an effective public servant and a loose cannon who has “sabotaged” U.S. foreign policy.
But here’s the shocker: Bolton has so many enemies that “several of his critics ? flouting Washington convention ? agreed to be quoted by name.”
They agreed to be quoted by name! It really tells you something about Washington that this is so unprecedented it was considered an important part of the story.
The gist of the story ? unsurprisingly ? is that Bolton has been routinely exaggerating the WMD threat from Cuba, Syria, and Libya. Bolton denies it, of course, but you really have to wonder about these guys. Just how often do they think they can cry wolf before there isn’t anyone left on the planet who believes them? And then what happens when there really is a threat?
The answer, as we all know, is that the wolf eats all the sheep. I’d prefer not to be a dead sheep, and that’s why I want guys like Bolton out of office.