In 2010, John Bolton told Fox Business Channel host Andrew Napolitano that he would “absolutely” lie to protect U.S. national security when interviewed regarding about documents released at the time by Wikileaks.
Napolitano asked, “You would lie in order to preserve the truth?”
Bolton replied, “If I had to say something that I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it. I don’t think we’re often faced with that difficulty, but would I lie about where the D-Day invasion was gonna take place to deceive the Germans? You better believe it.”
Napolitano then asked, “Why do people in the government think that the rules of society to the laws don’t apply to them?
“Because they are not dealing in the civil society we live in under the Constitution,” answered Bolton. “They are dealing in an anarchic environment internationally where different rules apply.”
“There are convenient misstatements that people can make,” he added. “And it may not be the most appealing thing to say, but honestly, in that case, that’s a good example of something that benefitted the United States.”
When asked if Bolton himself had lied during his diplomatic career, he replied, “I don’t think so, knowingly. But, I certainly am able to spin things. And a good diplomat is able to spin things just like American politicians.”
Bolton, who recently left the White House where he served as President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, is set to release a tell-all memoir of his time at the White House.
In excerpts recently released to The New York Times, Bolton alleges that Trump gave “personal favors to dictators he liked.” For example, Bolton claims that President Trump gave China’s Communist President Xi Jinping the go-ahead to house Uighur Muslims in concentration camps.
Trump defends that he’s been one of the toughest leaders on China. The Department of Justice is also looking into pursuing charges against Bolton for potentially leaking highly classified information.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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