Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• It looks like Bolton did manage to start a war before he left.

• It’s an axiom among Trump advisers that everyone is just “one tweet away,” and John Bolton’s tweet came. The former national security adviser says he wasn’t fired, but resigned, and we trust our friend and sometime colleague implicitly. The larger issue is that Bolton, a hawk with an unsparingly realistic view of the world, wasn’t a good match for a president who sees every rogue as a potential negotiating partner. Since Bolton is always unvarnished in his advice — whereas others in the administration are careful

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