What John Bolton got right.
I do not admire John Bolton's bullying of his subordinates at
the State Department. I do, however, applaud one demand he makes of
them. He requires that they--and he stand during meetings. For me, the
most maddening aspect of my service in the government was long meetings,
meetings that, I must say, seemed to last even longer if anyone from the
State Department was involved. I am certain that the act of Sitting down
in a comfortable chair set their mental timers not to go off for at
least one hour. When the meeting involved an actual Or even a perceived threat to bureaucratic turf, the timers automatically reset for at least
two hours. You could count on hearing an endless stream of "as it
weres" and "if I mays."