John Bolton’s new book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is getting some bad reviews.
Not just from conservatives, but even the New York Times and Washington Post.
The Times says, “Underneath it all courses a festering obsession with his enemies … 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 … When it comes to Bolton’s comments on impeachment, the clotted prose, the garbled argument and the sanctimonious defensiveness would seem to indicate some sort of ambivalence on his part — a feeling that he doesn’t seem to have very often.”
The WaPo says, “A veteran bureaucratic infighter, Bolton dishes dirt about everyone he doesn’t like, and it’s a very long list. [After noting his dismissal of Nikki Haley, Michael Flynn, and Jared Kushner] But it’s Jim Mattis who’s Bolton’s favorite punching bag. Every dozen pages there’s another shot at the former secretary of defense. He’s ‘looking for excuses not to do much of anything’ in retaliating against Syrian chemical weapons use; he would ‘predict gloom and doom when he didn’t get his way’ on policy; he used ‘spite’ as a common tactic, prompting Bolton to observe ‘they didn’t call him Chaos for nothing.’
“Bolton is the hero of nearly every anecdote in the book. Indeed, for a memoir that is startlingly candid about many things, Bolton’s utter lack of self-criticism is one of the book’s significant shortcomings. Nearly every policy discussion is an opportunity for Bolton to say that he was right, people should have listened to him, he knew it would never work, he was vindicated. His only problem is that, having burned so many bridges with this book, Fox News may not give him a future platform to explain how right he is.”
And this from his new “friends.”
Ben Domenech at the Federalist writes, “Now for all my plaudits, as a book, I have to say this is quite bad. It is dry, convoluted, and catty in a depressingly repetitive way. One of the repeated elements of the book is Bolton self-references. ‘They said this, then I showed them the error of their ways with this super smart Tweet’ makes a frequent appearance. There is little here to indicate success in anything but tweeting during his 18 month tenure – his views are typically ignored or run into the rocks when they encounter the president, and often earlier. After each of these failures Bolton sinks into a passive aggressive funk for a few sentences. It amounts to a chapter by chapter rendition of Seinfeld’s The Jerk Store, over and over again.”
Then on Twitter, Rich Higgins references something Bolton might not want revealed after Bolton gave a heads up on his ABC interview. “Going to discuss wife swapping, cuck stuff that your 1st wife alleges? Perhaps the pay to play scheme you ran from the West Wing? How you sabotaged Trump’s foreign policy? How you leaked top secret information on behalf of your paymaster in Qatar? Or just mustache wax?”
Higgins is referring to Bolton’s first wife, who fled their home while Bolton was away. According to
Scoop this surfaced in 2005: “Corroborated allegations that Mr. Bolton’s first wife, Christina Bolton, was forced to engage in group sex have not been refuted by the State Department despite inquires posed by Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt concerning the allegations. Mr. Flynt has obtained information from numerous sources that Mr. Bolton participated in paid visits to Plato’s Retreat, the popular swingers club that operated in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.”
Court records are here: https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00240.htm#a
Maybe she would like to writer her own “Room Where It Happened.”