June 6, 2005

BACK SCRATCH FEVER:

So, What's Not to Like About Amiable Advisor?: Some worry Stephen J. Hadley is too deferential for a post that requires all sides to be heard. (Sonni Efron, June 6, 2005, LA Times)

President Bush's new national security advisor has made a career out of being the perfect right-hand man to a series of powerful Washington conservatives.

Now the self-effacing Stephen J. Hadley, often described as one of the nicest guys in Washington, is doing one of toughest jobs in the U.S. government.

Like John R. Bolton, Hadley is a Yale-trained lawyer known for his tremendous energy and hawkish credentials, and as a conservative loyalist with close ties to Vice President Dick Cheney. But unlike Bolton, whose nomination as U.N. ambassador prompted bitter opposition from officials who had worked with him inside the Bush administration, no one in Washington seems to have a nasty word to say about Hadley — even off the record.

Some even ask: Is Hadley too nice?


One of the hidden costs of Deep Throat is that when you read a profile like this you assume it's mostly a journalist paying back a source.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2005 6:02 AM
Comments

"One of the hidden costs of Deep Throat is that when you read a profile like this you assume it's mostly a journalist paying back a source."

Cost? I regard that as a benefit.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 6, 2005 11:32 AM

Comments about Hadley being "too nice" clearly show the insincerety of much of the Disloyal Opposition ™. It puts me in mind of one of Oleg Volk's wonderful pro-2nd-amendment posters (paraphrased): "this one's too big and loud -- this one's to small and quiet -- aw, heck, they just want to ban them all!"

Posted by: Kirk Parker at June 6, 2005 12:35 PM
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