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Hiring Bolton is Trump’s most dangerous decision yet

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NEW YORK – Personnel is policy, they say in Washington. The appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser is by far U.S. President Donald Trump’s most dangerous decision.

When the president considers foreign policy, no one is closer to his ear than his national security adviser. He will discuss questions of war and peace with military generals and members of his Cabinet, but when there’s a diversity of opinion, the views of a national security adviser can be determinative.

“Brent Scowcroft defined the role of the National Security Adviser,” wrote Stephen J. Hadley, former national security adviser under President George W. Bush. “The only person to hold the job twice [under Ford and George H.W. Bush], Brent established the ‘Scowcroft Model’ for all who followed him in the job: Be an ‘Honest Broker,’ running a fair, transparent, and inclusive process for bringing issues to the president.”

Bolton is not an honest broker. Bolton cannot be an honest broker. No human being on Earth is less qualified to be Trump’s national security adviser.

Given the fact that Trump already leans hard to the right wing of the Republican Party, and that his advisers are drawn from the extreme right as well, an “honest broker” national security adviser would by definition need to provide balance. Ideally it would come from the national security adviser himself. At minimum he would bring in people with opposing views. Bolton is congenitally........

© The Japan Times