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Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration

| Mar. 23, 2018

The problem with John Bolton isn't that he's an extremist. It's that he's mainstream.

The other shoe dropped. On the heels of his cowardly fire-by-tweet dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump has dismissed National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and replaced him with John Bolton, the hard-line former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Uber-hawk Mike Pompeo is headed from the CIA to the State Department, and Gina Haspel, a CIA loyalist who ran a torture site for George W. Bush and authorized the destruction of videotapes documenting what the CIA was doing, has been picked to replace him. Just how scared should you be?...

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For Academic Citation: Walt, Stephen M.“Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration.” Foreign Policy, March 23, 2018.

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Stephen Walt