BREAKING NEWS: THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY RECOMMENDS RELEASE OF INTERCEPTS

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The National Security Agency has now recommended that the intercept material and the names of U.S. officials requested by John Bolton be released to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. TWN does not know the terms by which the material will be handled. This is classified material, so there must be some protocol for what will be provided and how commentary will be managed. There are some who think that the NSA intercept material will not provide conclusive insights into John…

Note to Lamar Alexander: Look Further. Don’t Fall into Trap of Trivializing Concerns on Bolton

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If folks feel like making calls, Lamar Alexander would be a good person with whom to have a discussion on John Bolton. His number is (202)224-4944. Senator Alexander is a thoughtful, balanced person. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for some time now, and I’m very supportive of his efforts to find ways in which to support more spending in counties that have drastically lower levels of education spending per child than urban areas. He is a big thinker,…

More State Department Colleagues Testify to Bolton’s “Rogue Behavior”

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A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, publicly stated that John Bolton, her colleague, regularly violated State Department rules on travel and notification of meetings. According to AP’s Barry Schweid, Jones said that Bolton’s behavior was “symptomatic of his determination not to work with other people.” This from the AP report: John R. Bolton, the embattled nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, regularly tried to set up meetings abroad with Russian, British and…

Bush-Cheney Won the 2004 Election: Why are They Still Offending the Sensibilities of Republican Moderates?

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The New York Times‘ Douglas Jehl has an excellent summary of the John Wolf and Robert Hutchings interviews here. Dafna Linzer’s informative Washington Post article on the same subject is available here. I think both sew in different items that are worth considering. However, John Whitehead steps into the spotlight asking his President and the head of his Republican Party why he is so insistent on someone so wrong for the job. Whitehead — a Republican, a former Reagan administration…

Bill Richardson’s Role in the Bolton NSA Transcripts Story

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A completely unanticipated development in the NSA intercepts issue was that unnamed senior level sources who are cleared but refuse to say much more indicated that NM Governor Bill Richardson may be part of the package of NSA intercepts interest exhibited by John Bolton. This may or may not be true. It seems to me to be a simple, binary question. Bolton requested names of U.S. officials in ten sets of intercepts requested and perused by Bolton. Either Richardson was…

Too Early to Sort out the Score on Battle Over Bolton

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This morning, National Journal‘s “Inside Washington” ran a short piece on the Bolton fiasco and gave TWN a shout out. The clip reads: Inside Washington, National Journal, 30 April 2005 Washington: Take Note of Who Is Joltin’ Bolton Although the nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is still pending, it is not too early to begin naming this fight’s heroes and villains (depending on one’s political persuasion). Robert A. George, an editorial writer for…

Breaking News: Former Asst. Secretary for Nonproliferation John S. Wolf Interviewed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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TWN has just learned from a senior level source that former Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation John Wolf has been interviewed by Republican and Democrat staff members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and validated that John Bolton demonstrated patterned and frequent vindictive behavior towards numerous subordinates at the State Department. The staff members also spoke with Ambassador Tom Hubbard, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, who was mentioned during the testimony provided by John Bolton at his first day of…

Colleagues Report that Bolton’s Behavior Undermined Colin Powell and the Department of State on Numerous Occasions

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John Bolton refused to live by the rules that other diplomats, career and non-career, had to live by working at the State Department. Bolton is being irresponsibly rewarded by President Bush and Dick Cheney for violating every rule in the book when it came to serving the U.S. national interest as articulated at various respective times by his boss, Colin Powell, and his even bigger boss, George Bush. The fact that Bush himself refuses to recognize this or values a…

Colin Powell vs. Condi Rice: Hand-to-Hand Combat over John Bolton

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Sid Blumenthal has written a blistering critique of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s position on John Bolton, making the lucid and appropriate point that whereas Colin Powell has frequently put the interests of the nation above loyalty to those on petty power trips, Rice seems to be doing the opposite.’ Blumenthal writes: In seeking to prevent the bullying and duplicitous ideologue from representing the US before the international organisation, Powell is engaging in hand-to-hand combat with his successor. Secretary of…