The Corner

Does Trump Really Want a State Department That’s This Conventional?

Richard Haas, who has been talked about as deputy secretary of state, has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal counseling against “sudden moves,” i.e. discarding the “one China” policy, ripping up the Iran deal, or moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Since Tillerson is a novice, his deputy is going to take on added importance. It’s a good idea to have a deputy who is experienced, but ideally Trump should want someone who is willing to challenge the bureaucracy and isn’t a captive of conventional wisdom. I’m a broken record on this, but John Bolton fits the bill.