Bolton Walks Away From the National Security Council’s Corpse

Foreign Policy | Sep 13, 2019 at 1:09 PM
  • After his spectacular firing on Tuesday, former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is getting credit—if that’s the word—for taking the entire decision-making structure of U.S. national security policy down with him.
  • Others, such as allegations that at different times both Bolton and Trump avoided working with civilian defense officials and instead went directly to uniformed officers with briefing or policy requests, are more serious.
  • It is no accident that Trump’s trade and economic officials fight so viciously in public—insiders and advocates alike will tell you off the record that such fights have been avoided in prior administrations of both parties because meetings were structured for some interests to win and others to lose.