I was amazed by the insanely partisan piece by John Bolton (famous in this blog for his ‘kiss up, kick down’ leadership style that his former bosses loved) in today’s Financial Times:
He starts off rightly worrying about the rise of China and the possible predominance of China’s military in Chinese decision making. But then he manages to switch it round to an attack on President Obama. This is the same John Bolton, who did nothing to check the rise of China when he was influential in policy making. And whose President did so much to bankrupt America, so that, yes President Obama is playing from a much weaker hand than Bill Clinton was. And of course we get to obligatory swipe on the deficit which lesser Bush did so much to create.
But the real weakness in Bolton’s piece is his delusional thinking that a Republican President in 2012 would be an improvement, when that party has no real policy strategy to handle anything: China, the economy, the deficit, healthcare, immigration, climate change or military strength. The party that as much as any is responsible for the divided state of America that is so prey to China’s rise. Truly this piece is once again proof of my contention that really clever people like John Bolton can be really stupid. I think he deserves a Henry Kissinger Award for Unwise Smarts for this; don’t you? Where are the Eisenhower Republicans when their country needs them? Certainly not supporting Bolton or his presumed icon Sarah it’s all about me Palin.
Those were the days, eh John?