Ride the wild Bolton Mobius strip….
Cliff May at The Corner:
ONE REASON BOLTON MIGHT HAVE EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION [Cliff May]
According to Richard A. Pozner, author of “Preventing Surprise Attacks”: “The careerist imperative in Washington ‘is based on the known reluctance of civil servants …to share information with their superiors.’ … Instead, the bureaucracy strives to maintain ‘the knowledge deficit’ that a political appointee brings to a new post.”
John R. Bolton — who is seeking confirmation as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — often blocked then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and, on one occasion, his successor, Condoleezza Rice, from receiving information vital to U.S. strategies on Iran, according to current and former officials who have worked with Bolton.
In some cases, career officials found back channels to Powell or his deputy, Richard L. Armitage, who encouraged assistant secretaries to bring information directly to him. In other cases, the information was delayed for weeks or simply did not get through. The officials, who would discuss the incidents only on the condition of anonymity because some continue to deal with Bolton on other issues, cited a dozen examples of memos or information that Bolton refused to forward during his four years as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security.
Since the Professor owns “Heh”™, might I just say….smirk.