Thursday, June 18, 2020

Even the NYT is Making Fun of Bolton's Butthurt Notebook

According to the review in the NYT, written by Jennifer Szalai.
"Bolton has filled this book’s nearly 500 pages with minute and often extraneous details, including the time and length of routine meetings and even, at one point, a nap. Underneath it all courses a festering obsession with his enemies, both abroad (Iran, North Korea) and at home (the media, “the High-Minded,” the former defense secretary Jim Mattis)...." 
Trump decided to call off the strikes at the very last minute, after learning they would kill as many as 150 people. “Too many body bags,” Trump told him. “Not proportionate.”  Bolton still seems incensed at this unexpected display of caution and humanity on the part of Trump, deeming it “the most irrational thing I ever witnessed any President do.”... 
The book is bloated with self-importance, even though what it mostly recounts is Bolton not being able to accomplish very much. It toggles between two discordant registers: exceedingly tedious and slightly unhinged...." 
Bolton's book has been written with so little discernible attention to style and narrative form that he apparently presumes an audience that is hanging on his every word."
"Too many body bags." "Not proportionate." Caution and humanity! Obviously, "misconduct." Impeach that guy!

The marquee claim that CNN has been having an orgasm over all morning, is the Chinese concentration camps comment. But it appears Bolton was not even present at the meeting where he alleges Trump said it. From what's said,  there are no witnesses, no transcripts, no recordings of this alleged comment. There is only John Bolton who wasn’t there saying it happened. For two million bucks.

And of course, he didn't take the opportunity to say this stuff under oath. The picnic that is political life in Washington seldom encounters a skunk of the magnitude of John Bolton.

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