Foreign Policy Magazine: John Bolton poses threat to US national security

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… from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: It was certainly a surprise to see Foreign Policy ripping Bolton’s appointment to shreds like VT would, categorizing the man as a national security threat to us all.

This is a huge public blow to Trump’s presidency as FP cannot be brushed off as a flaky dovish group. So we have the makings here of a broad front to pressure the White house, and hopefully trigger more public response over putting this lunatic in a key position like this.

It confirms VT’s editorial position that Trump feels he has to surround himself with tough guys to show he is a leader of tough guys, possibly a throwback to how he built his real estate empire via his long relationship with the NY mobsters would were powerful in the construction rackets and with City Hall politically.

The next step is to see if the Congressional Republicans will come forward with a similar position, easier for them to do now with FB leading the way. Bolton’s record is beyond horrible on where he stood on policy and his total inability to acknowledge what a disaster Iraq was. His unsaid is “it wasn’t a disaster for the billions that were made on the war.”

Bolton exhibits the typical sociopath mentality of denying the most obviously wrong position, proven by history, was such. They are not curable, and should never be recycled back into a top position to do more damage.

I think the country is faced with another challenge of pouring the phone calls and emails into the White house and Congress over his appointment.

We are seeing that less and less now as the public is bombarded with a daily list to support this or that. Social media alone has huge numbers of people’s attention held hostage.

Gordon’s recent comment about the public having the attention span of a gnat was made as a joke, but his point of its inability to follow through on any resistance effort is valid. Part of that is the modern phenomenon of people communicating in the shortest, most labor free way possible. If it is not fast and easy, it does not get done. … Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published … March 25, 2018

President Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as his national security adviser has “profound implications” for the direction of US foreign policy and increases the risk of military confrontations with North Korea and Iran, according to an analysis by the Foreign Policy magazine.

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Trump announced Gen. H.R. McMaster’s replacement on Thursday, making Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations, his third national security adviser since coming to office and continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history.

Even though McMaster “was no dove,” Bolton, “falls into an entirely different category of dangerous uber-hawk,” the FP article argues.

Bolton championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and to this day, he holds the conviction that “the most disastrous foreign-policy decision in a generation was a good idea,” it adds.

Shortly before the US and its allies launched the catastrophic invasion, Bolton reportedly told Israeli officials that once Saddam Hussein was removed, it would be necessary to deal with Syria, Iran and North Korea.

“He has essentially maintained this position ever since,” the FP says, adding that for Bolton, “there are few international problems where war is not the answer.”

Trump’s choice of Bolton as national security adviser dims the prospect of reaching a peaceful solution with North Korea as the standoff reaches a critical point.

“McMaster supported diplomacy and, as a military man with extensive combat experience, understood the costs of war. Bolton, on the other hand, has spent his entire career sabotaging diplomacy with Pyongyang and seems downright giddy about a possible military confrontation,” reads the article.

As undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, Bolton played a key role in President George W. Bush’s decision to abandon diplomacy with North Korea in 2002 and scrap the 1994 Agreed Framework with Pyongyang, which had frozen the country’s plutonium program under effective verification.

North Korea had pursued a separate plutonium enrichment program, reportedly with the help of Pakistan. Arms control experts urged the Bush administration at the time to expand the Bill Clinton-era framework to prohibit plutonium enrichment. However, encouraged by Bolton, Bush decided to kill the framework. Consequently, North Korea moved to build about half a dozen additional nuclear weapons and tested its first in 2006.

More than a decade later, Bolton continues to hold on to this hawkish worldview that diplomacy does not work.

In a September 3, 2017 interview with Fox News, Bolton declared that the only option to address the North Korean nuclear standoff is “to end the regime in North Korea” and engage in a preemptive strike.

“Anybody who thinks that more diplomacy with North Korea, more sanctions, whether against North Korea or an effort to apply sanctions against China, is just giving North Korea more time to increase its nuclear arsenal,” Bolton warned.

“It would be a lesson to every would-be nuclear state in the world that if you just have patience enough, you can wear the United States down,” he argued.

Bolton invoked former President Franklin Roosevelt’s advice that “when you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you don’t wait until it has struck before you crush it,” arguing that “today North Korean nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and Iran’s while we’re on the subject, are the rattlesnakes of the 21st century.”

To further lay the groundwork for a preemptive strike against North Korea, Bolton penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last month titled “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First.” In it, the former ambassador contended that the “threat is imminent” and the US should take military action before it is too late.

Bolton’s appointment comes as Trump has accepted an offer of meeting by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. However, “the entire endeavor is doomed” if Bolton reflects, or influences, the FP says.

Bolton has argued that the only value in having this “unproductive” summit — which could take place in May — is to “foreshorten the amount of time that we’re going to waste in negotiations that will never produce the result we want, which is Kim giving up his nuclear program.”

Bolton, the analysis reads, is equally likely to encourage Trump toward military confrontation with Iran.

Inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have filed nine consecutive reports over the past two years verifying Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear agreement officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

However, Bolton has said, “I don’t think the evidence is there that this agreement is slowing them down.” As the case with North Korea, the former ambassador has called Iran an “imminent threat,” and claimed, without offering any evidence, that Tehran is on the verge of obtaining off-the-shelf nuclear weapons from Pyongyang.

For Bolton the debate over whether Iran is living up to its commitments under the JCPOA is beside the point. Bolton’s appointment comes at an incredibly sensitive time for the Iran nuclear deal as well.

Trump is approaching a May 12 deadline for a decision whether to continue waiving the nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran or quit the JCPOA.  The US president delivered a 120-day ultimatum to European allies and Congress to “fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal” the last time he did so in January.

McMaster along with Rex Tillerson — who was fired as secretary of state this month and replaced with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, another Iran hawk – repeatedly urged Trump not to withdraw the US from the international accord.

A State Department team has been working with their counterparts in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to identify a compromise that would encourage Trump to remain in the agreement.

Bolton, perhaps with support from Pompeo, “is likely to tell the State Department not to bother and encourage the president to reject any arrangement with the Europeans as insufficient,” the FP analysis says.

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  1. I am not a fan of Wikipedia but this article on Bolton appears to be extensive and balanced. It is easy to see why Israel lover bully and con artist Trump chose another Israel lover bully and con artist lying lawyer Bolton because they are birds of a feather. Both seem to be ignorant of the consequences of starting a nuclear WWIII. If they are stupid enough to do it, they will be surprised if they survive in the ashes of the United States. The luck of the U.S. will run out at the next nuclear world war.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Bolton Quote:
    “Bolton was born on November 20, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland
    Bolton attended Yale University, earning a B.A., graduating summa cum laude in 1970. He was a member of the Yale Political Union. He earned a J.D. in 1974 at Yale Law School, where he shared classes with his friend Clarence Thomas and was a contemporary of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham.[31]
    During the 1969 Vietnam War draft lottery, Bolton drew number 185. (Draft numbers corresponded to birth dates.)[32] As a result of the Johnson and Nixon administrations’ decisions to rely largely on the draft rather than on the reserve forces, joining a Guard or Reserve unit became a way to avoid service in the Vietnam War.[33] Bolton enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard in 1970 rather than wait to find out if his draft number would be called.[34
    Israel
    Bolton is known for his strong support for Israel.[208] Bolton opposed the two-state solution of …

    • Con’t. from above:
      Israel
      Bolton is known for his strong support for Israel.[208] Bolton opposed the two-state solution of creating an independent Palestinian state alongside the existing state of Israel.[209] Bolton supports moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in accordance with the Jerusalem Embassy Act,[210] and he testified in front of Congress in 2017 on the matter.[211]
      Bolton’s first wife was Christine Bolton, whom he married in 1972 and divorced in 1983. They had no children.[215] He is married to Gretchen Smith Bolton, a graduate of Wellesley College and New York University with a certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who works as a “certified financial planner at Axa Advisors.”[216] They reside in Bethesda, Maryland, and they have a daughter, Jennifer Sarah Bolton.[216]
      Bolton is a Lutheran.[217] Bolton participated in the 2012 Troopathon.[218]”
      All this illustrates why strict enforceable laws must be in place forced all sons, daughters and other relatives of every member of government, Congress, President, Supreme Court, etc. to be forced to serve in any war the current war mongers in power start, no exceptions. Let’s send all the Israel lovers at Harvard, Yale, MIT, UC Berkeley, etc. to fight in the next nuclear war instead of remaining at home to become rich if they survive the ashes of New York, Miami, LA and San Francisco. All these wars are fomented and promoted and approved by whores in Congress.

  2. To Rayhan up in FB comments. Nice try attempting to put the”deplorable’ words in my mouth. My point clearly was that they got hustled, not a rare thing to have happen in US elections. We have the additional knowledge that the REAL on line “interference” was done by non Russian parties, FB we surely knew about but the huge operation on Slovenia is still being kept hidden. The Trumpsters got profiled by Bannon. Those lists, with the data, are worth millions now, so that is the scam. You buy the date, use it, and then can sell it to someone else to use and get your money back. Only VT has published it several times, but due to the Israeli connection corporate media has been waived off.

    • Slovenia?…. this sounds interesting….as I live here…can you put some ‘extra meat on the bone’?

  3. HI HO HUM – I SMELL THE BLOOD OF A BRUTISH MAN

    So the Trump backers revert to Plan “C” on the Middle East. At last we are getting to see the faces of the back-room policy-advisers turned policy-enforcers. Nothing has changed in their approach laid out in clear detail in the former Project For The New American Century of which John Bolton was one of the four directors under chairman WILLIAM KRISTOL. The following article from today’s Haaretz gives a clear indication – if one were ever needed, of how Bolton another of those despicable war-mongers who has never heard a shot fired in anger, is keen to attack Iran and kill! kill! kill! The article gives the considered view of a former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz against a preemptive attack on Iran.

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/former-israeli-defense-chief-says-bolton-pressured-him-to-strike-iran-1.5938534

    You can almost sense the presence of Wolfowitz, Pearlman, Kagan, Powell. Cheney, Rumsfeld in the behind-the-scenes satanic brew bubbling quietly as it is pulled forward from he back burner. A neutral can almost sense the projected danger to Israel by Bolton’s appointment, but Bibi won’t mind if it gives him some respite from the domestic pricks threatening the bubble of his bloated ego and vainglory. Unlike the scales of logic and justice there is no balance in the execution of the Zionist/NeoCon agenda, just a lance to the heart of humanity.

    • You’re asking the wrong man Chris. I did a cursory check online and yes, it is probable both Kogan and Kagan are Russian forms of the surname Cohen. Paul Goldberg’s novel “The Yid” features a character by the name of Alexandr Kogan out to kill Stalin in 1953. Another guy of the same same is involved with the Domodedomo airport – Russia’s largest, who has been buying lots of expensive property in Caesarea, Israel. I’d be curious to know his take (verbal not financial!) on the recent plane crash from that airport mentioned by Gordon Duff here on VT. Nary a word on the “Black Box” recordings.

      “Kagan” is a primarily Russian-Jewish surname which could be derived from the surname Cohen (in Russian the consonant h is replaced with the consonant g). Notable people with the Kagan surname include: Bernhard Kagan (1866-1932), German chess player, writer, publisher, editor, and organizer.

  4. Abundance changes views on what is moral or not. The US people see no need for any war. Even a huge false flag has little chance of convincing the populace. Both political arms of the deep state would be voted out within 5 years if they go warring. The gnats and flies, are increasingly influential and corporations are full of them. They don’t think long term, so they don’t have time to listen to reasons. They want fun stuff, fun things, and lots of fun. War is not fun. Mongers are increasingly isolated.
    Also, America has been a forlorn mother calling home her warriors from abroad for too long, and the responses at the doors receiving telegrams, have turned from simply pure sorrow, to glares of inquisition.

    • MO, if any species has enough food and security, it changes it’s behavior. In human behavior there are many other factors, but there were quite a few people marching , and if you think it was all about guns, you are not seeing the bigger picture. I am speaking of the string of events combined with our position as a country.
      #Metoo is not about psyops, #timesup is not about psyops, and look at the body count and who it was.
      This march, is the children. It followed the mothers who work. The next batch is war mongers. Boltons timing is excellent if you want the fox in the henhouse when the sheriff finally shows up. There are those who bitch, and those who march. Khalid, thanks but I don’t read books. I don’t recommend them either.

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