Bolton: A Liability with Libya

There are serious, well-publicized concerns about John Bolton’s treatment of subordinates. His defenders argue that Bolton’s “blunt” style is what makes him an effective diplomat. In fact, Bolton’s record is riddled with serious diplomatic failures. Fresh evidence this morning in Newsweek:

On several occasions, America’s closest ally in the war on terror, Britain, was irked by what U.S. and British sources say were efforts by Bolton to undermine promising diplomatic openings. Perhaps the most dramatic instance took place early in the U.S.-British talks in 2003 to force Libya to surrender its nuclear program, NEWSWEEK has learned. The Libya deal succeeded only after British officials “at the highest level” persuaded the White House to keep Bolton off the negotiating team…The White House agreed to keep Bolton “out of the loop,” as one source puts it.