Bolton: Crossing the Hard Line

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"Bolton: Crossing the Hard Line"

Sunday’s New York Times reported yet another piece of evidence that John Bolton, President Bush’s nominee for U.N. Ambassador, sought to bully and intimidate career intelligence officials into accepting his pre-conceived hard-line conclusions. The article cites recently declassified email exchanges between Bolton and one of his aides, in which the aide boasts of his efforts to bring intelligence officials in line with his boss’s view:

“I explained to [the career intelligence professional] that it was a political judgment as to how to interpret this data, and the [intelligence community] should do as we asked.”

Why is the White House willing to promote someone willing to so brazenly politicize intelligence?

– Andy Grotto

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