In picking his appointments, I understand very well the importance of loyalty. Rudy Giuliani has been a steadfast ally of Trumps – steadfast loyal and true. But the cabinet positon of Secretary of State is too critical to make it all about payback particularly after eight years of catastrophic foreign policy failures.
Foreign service is a minefield and everyone who walks into that snakepit gets subsumed (look at what happened to Condi.)
You need an intellectual heavyweight who is also street smart (whether the street is Arab or international) with nerves and spine of steel who knows who and what they are dealing with. In other words, John Bolton. He is without peer. I have been following his career for well over 10 years and he has never faltered, never caved. Who can forget how brilliantly he performed as Ambassador to the UN under Bush?
Bolton warns Obama on Israel action at UN
The Hill, November 20, 2016:
Bolton said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis that there is “a lot of speculation over in Turtle Bay at U.N. headquarters about resolutions that recognize a Palestinian state or that try and set a boundary for Israel based on the 1967 ceasefire lines.”
“I think that’d be very inadvisable for the president to do that,” he said.
Obama said during his final speech as president at the U.N. General Assembly that Israel would be in a better position if it did not “permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land” and Palestinians would be better off if they were to “reject incitement,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
Bolton said Sunday that Trump’s transition team is “doing an excellent job,” noting that Trump has spoken with various world leaders who have congratulated him on winning the election.
“They’re obviously very, very interested in finding out more about him, more about what his administration’s priorities are going to be,” Bolton said.
Bolton, who served as ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush, is reportedly among those being considered to be secretary of State under Trump.
“I think part of the uncertainty that people feel is that they know that America’s foreign policy is going to change. That’s what democracy does. You get new leaders and the country moves in a different direction,” Bolton said.