John Bolton is an atrocious pick for national security adviser

Hugh Fox
March 28, 2018

McMaster was also retained at the time because of the White House's challenge attracting top talent for jobs in the administration due to Trump's "blacklist" of individuals who have criticized the President, his personality and the Russian Federation investigation, according to a senior Republican source. Here's everything you need to know.

Bolton was an official Bush-era diplomat, who was offered up as an ambassador pick during a recess appointment in 2005. Instead we have an apparently perfectly healthy 69-year-old nut-job who turned 18 in 1967, right at the height of the U.S. war against Vietnam, but who, despite being an ardent supporter of that war, used student deferments and who knows what other slippery excuses to avoid fighting in it, now being made Trump's latest top advisor on issues of war and peace.

But if a recent op-ed he penned for the Wall Street Journal gave any hint to his policy recommendations to Trump, one could be a redefining of what an "imminent threat" from North Korea would be - and when the USA should respond by carrying out a pre-emptive strike.

Bolton can thus be expected to provide the president with just the intellectual gasoline he needs to ignite new hostilities on any number of global fronts, including an escalated trade war. Most recently, he's been lauding the president's hard-line stance on North Korea. Similarly on Iran, Bolton wrote that the nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and approved by the U.N. Security Council was a "diplomatic Waterloo". But one role that has received relatively little scrutiny is his work as chair of the Gatestone Institute, a nonprofit that focuses largely on publishing original commentary and news related to the supposed threat that Islam poses to Western society.

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President Donald Trump had said on Thursday that he would appoint Bolton to the post as his administration faces a key decision on whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

While Tillerson insisted throughout his tenure that all diplomatic avenues be exhausted with North Korea, Pompeo has spoken of decapitating that country's leadership and offering the president "a range of options" if he decides to choose a more forceful approach. He grabbed a nearby book and placed it on the table.

The piece, entitled "The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First", was published on February 28. "That", he said, "is our policy".

Journalists have reported often over the past year or so that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was a steady force at the White House who wasn't afraid to push back against the president on issues of foreign policy and engagement. Shamkhani was referring to Bolton's attendance at a gathering of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) opposition group in 2017. His selection is a decision that is as alarming as any Mr. Trump has made.

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His appointment as Mr Trump's third national security adviser continues a recent trend towards more hawkish advisers likely to support the President's foreign policy views.

Along comes Bolton, who believes there is a yawning divide between "Americanists" and "globalists" (a term Bannon also used) who seek to tie the United States down, as the Lilliputians did to Gulliver.

"He was part of the Bush-Cheney crew that claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction". "We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism", Trump said in his defining foreign policy speech as a candidate in the spring of 2016.

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