Who's Afraid of John Bolton?
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 27, 2018,
Mar 27, 2018, 18:24
When he replaces current National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster next month, the former ambassador to the United Nations and fierce foreign policy hawk will reportedly start with holdovers from the Obama administration, multiple sources told Foreign Policy. Trump grew frustrated by what he considered to be stalling on the part of the more moderate forces in his administration who opposed his calls for more protectionist trade policies.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham praised President Trump's choice for national security adviser.
Bolton has always admired the way Brent Scowcroft handled the inter-agency process during the Bush 41 Administration, according to people familiar with his thinking.
David Wright, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, called said that Bolton's "extreme views are particularly risky now given his opposition to diplomacy with Iran and North Korea". It has been reported by Foreign Policy, that Mr. Bolton plans to perform a thorough purge of White House officials on the council.
To hear the conversation, click on the audio player above. John Bolton because he is assembling a war cabinet.
As Under Secretary, he repeatedly advocated tough measures against the nuclear weapons programs of both Iran and North Korea, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction generally. At the same time, they maintained the decision to remove him had been long in coming and was not a response to Tuesday's leak of briefing papers related to Trump's phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a disclosure that had generated considerable criticism and fresh speculation that McMaster was in trouble. Of course, Trump would need the unlikely approval of Congress for any major intervention, but the intervention does not have to be on a regular armed conflict. Bolton has made it evident in his previous work that he is strongly and fervently in favor of striking North Korea and toppling the North Korean regime.
At a time when the world needs to invest in an worldwide system, and multilateral diplomacy, Bolton has been vocal about his disdain for the United Nations including slashing USA financial support. Trump has used bellicose language towards North Korea from early on in his presidency. If Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong-Un does not lead quickly to North Korea's nuclear disarmament he has a team that is more ready than his last to contemplate pre-emptive war.
Mr Bolton also supports Mr Trump's controversial decision to open a United States embassy in Jerusalem, despite condemnation from Palestinians and world leaders.
Bolton's views on ensuring the Taliban are degraded square with Trump's Afghan strategy announced last August.
Back in 1994 he was quoted saying the United States was the world's "only real power". Along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the three had been seen as the most powerful moderating influence on the president. As the shake up continues, Trump inarguably has an aggressive foreign policy team that will led with him on his worldwide agenda.
The National Security Adviser is supposed to be an honest broker of differing views, providing options to the President in a dispassionate manner and offering sage advice. And because he is little more than a playground bully, he has a natural tendency toward violence to make his ego feel better. Bolton is accused by his critics of wanting war, or even many wars, on multiple fronts - as if the world were a place so benign that the only wars that might lie ahead would be strictly voluntary, a matter of White House whim rather than necessity.