I have just finished reading John Bolton’s book Surrender is not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations. And while I found it (at times) a difficult book to read, in reading it, I became convinced that the former UN Ambassador should be our nation’s next Secretary of State.
I intend to review the book either later today (or tomorrow) together with another book I just read, Norman Podhoretz’s, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism. But, I thought I’d begin by reflecting in brief on what I learned about this good man in read his book.
To write an honest review, I will have to criticize some of the writing. Yet, despite my criticism of the book’s style (and length), in reading it, I found my admiration for the man continually increase. While others have faulted him for his short temper, I grew to appreciate his sense of restraint. If I had had to deal with the constant give-and-take (and duplicity) that goes on at the UN, I’d lose my cool on a regular basis.
As Botlon describes the endless negotiations with diplomats representing other nations when he served as our Ambassador to the United Nations and when he served in various positions in the State Department, we learn how hard he labored to advance the interests of the United States (and other democracies) and promote the policies of its elected government.
A writer John Bolton may not be, but a diplomat who understands the mind-set of international organizations and the globalist attitudes of the State Department bureaucracy he certainly is. Not just that. He recognizes the job of the diplomatic representatives of the United States is to advocate for our great nation, not to curry favor with (what he would describe as) the “High-Minded” representatives of the international bureaucracy and academic and media Ã©lite.
With that knowledge, he is the ideal man to reform the “accomodationist” culture at the State Department and represent our nation to the world. In short, John Bolton for Secretary of State.