Newsweek: Bolton Out
Newsweek: Administration officials are downplaying speculation about possible hardline neocon nominees for key second-term national-security vacancies. At the State Department, sources tell Newsweek, the White House has all but ruled out a possible promotion to deputy secretary for John Bolton, currently the department's top arms-control expert and an ardent critic of the United Nations and rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea. At the tension-plagued CIA, government insiders say the front runner to become Director Porter Goss's new principal deputy is the current director of the hypersecret NationalI won't believe it 'til he turns to dust from the stake through the heart.
Security Agency, Michael Hayden, an Air Force lieutenant general and classic technocrat, whose appointment might soothe antagonisms between veteran spooks and Goss's sharp-elbowed political aides.
-- Mark Hosenball