Well, nuts! If John Bolton had really been planning on running for president, he probably would've jumped into the race far earlier, but I can't pretend I'm not a little disappointed. Not because John Bolton would have had my vote, but for the same simple reason I very much value Ron Paul's presence in the GOP field: they are both earnest individuals who add a lot to the conversation. Specifically, of course, the foreign policy conversation.
John Bolton says he has ruled out a 2012 presidential run. The former United States ambassador to the U.N. told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Tuesday he still believes that national security must be a central issue for the Republican nominee, and so far he has not seen a candidate who has made it a priority.
“It’s a very difficult decision — and my view has not changed one iota that we need a much more robust discussion of national security issues as part of this presidential campaign,” Bolton said. “And I say that not because I have an abstract interest in foreign policy but because the policies that President Obama has been pursuing are extremely harmful to the nation now and into the future. And unless we start talking about them, I don’t think we're going to be able to fix them with a new president."