Another Departure

Robert Joseph, the man who pushed the inclusion of those famous 16 words into Chimpy’s 2003 SOTU address, is calling it quits.

Robert Joseph, the State Department’s senior arms control and security official, has resigned.

Joseph submitted his resignation to President Bush amid uncertainty about the future of negotiations to curb nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea.


His departure follows that of several other top diplomatic officials, including Philip Zelikow, a close adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Deputy Secretary Robert Zoellick; and John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations;

Joseph joined the department in 2005 after working on Bush’s national security council staff.