Roger L. Simon

Fighting the War in Iraq all over again (already)...

Well, not the war, but the internal war within our country leading up to the war. Even to this outsider (okay, I’ll be honest, far outsider) nothing could be more obvious than that the attacks on the John Bolton nomination for UN ambassador are not about the nominee’s attitudes toward subordinates (the “presenting complaint”), but about something much more important. What we are watching is yet another reenactment of the endless battle between the Pentagon and the State Department. During the runup to the Iraq War, Bolton was one of the few people within the State who stood up for the administration’s (and Defense Department’s) policy. Now he is being paid back, particularly since the administration’s policies are looking better and better in retrospect. Who better to punish for this than Bolton – the thorn living among them? Fortunately, this charade will soon be over.