In bidding adieu to a "thoughtful advocate of the traditional Republican internationalist foreign policy," the Minneapolis Star Tribute indulges in a bit of fantasy:
Richard Armitage/Farewell to a truth-teller: "John Bolton, who was in charge of nonproliferation during the first Bush term, also is leaving the State Department, and good riddance. Bolton is the antithesis of a diplomat, a neo-con installed at state to keep an eye on Powell and Armitage. It seems Bolton's main goal is to be as irritating as possible to both friends and foes. Over the past several years, a delightful image has occurred to us numerous times in which Armitage picks Bolton up and pitches him head first into the Potomac, dusts off his hands, gives his gravelly chuckle and trots briskly back to Foggy Bottom, job well done."