… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: The Israelis from time to time have top ex-officials who come out of the blue and admit things that you would think Israel would never want to make public. Ex-defense minister Mofaz’s comments on Bolton’s desire to have Israel attack Iran’s nuclear facilities is a case in point.
Bolton has defended himself with the paper thin claim that a president should have access to an array of views so he can pick out the best. But Bolton, to our knowledge, was not telling General Mofaz that this was the US government’s view. It was his view, which he obviously was pushing without authority to do so.
A man that will do this, well…I submit is so obvious a security risk that he should not even have top security access, mush less be involved in major policy positions. The “Let’s bomb Iran” Koolaid-drinker fringe is well-known and well rejected. As with the fake WMD with Saddam, we got a replay of that with Iran and its non-existent nuclear weapons program.
Trump’s bringing in Bolton now seems timed for his pulling out of the JCPOA. Trump has the EU on the hooks with this tariff threats; and you can bet your booties that if he offers to reduce those, he will ask the EU to support his withdrawal from the JCPOA.
This is presented as a kindness, much like a sentenced man has the right to choose hemlock or arsenic, as a compromise.
Trump’s art of the deal philosophy grew out of his partnership with the New York City mafia in letting them launder money through his real estate developments for their affording him their City Hall political corruption hooks on critical rezoning rulings, along with control of the building trade unions. He fancies himself as a high class mob guy mentally, which is what makes him so predictable.
It has served him so well in the past that he continues to go to the well with it; and will not stop until something very bad happens to him, possibly from the Mueller investigation, which as Gordon writes in his new NEO may not have anything to do with Russia trying to rig the US election; but that does not preclude obstruction of justice or other felony charges on him or his family.
The details of how all the Trump campaign people, including himself, were expecting to lose, has been well publicized. Trump was running to increase the value of his “brand”, which is why he put so little of his own money into the campaign … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … March 26, 2018 –
“I got to know John Bolton when he was the US ambassador to the United Nations,” said at a conference of former IDF chiefs. “He tried to convince me that Israel should attack Iran.”
Mofaz, an Iranian-born Israeli who served as the defense minister at the time when Bolton headed the US mission at the UN, in turn advised the ultra-hawkish Republican against attacking Tehran.
The former defense chief explained that he did not believe that a military strike on Iran would be a “wise” decision, for either Tel Aviv or Washington DC.
Bolton, an Iraq war apologist and an advocate of ‘military options’ in many other conflicts, is set to replace outgoing National Security Adviser Gen. HR McMaster on April 9, just days after CIA chief Mike Pompeo will supplant Rex Tillerson as head of US State Department.
With these new key foreign policy leaders in place at the helm of the Trump administration, many politicians on Capitol Hill have raised concerns that Trump would be fully ready for war.
Trump announced Bolton’s appointment last Thursday, amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington DC over the future of the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between P5+1 and the Islamic Republic.
Unlike his predecessor Tillerson, Pompeo seems better aligned with Trump’s confrontational foreign policy when it comes to Iran. Bolton, for his part, looks like a perfect fit to pursue Trump’s maximum pressure agenda.
During the early months of the Trump administration, Bolton was approached by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to outline his plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, known as a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The five-page memo, which allegedly never made it to Trump’s desk, was published in National Review after Bannon departed the White House. In short, Bolton outlined a strategic public relations campaign to convince the world that the US has a justified case for pulling out of the deal.
A harsh critic of Tehran, in 2015 Bolton wrote an op-ed article in the New York Times with the flashy title ‘To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,’ arguing for a regime change in the central Asian country.
“The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary. Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran,” he wrote at the time.
While the top Iranian leadership has yet to issue a comment on Bolton’s appointment, some of the country’s officials have already expressed apprehension over Bolton’s “shameful” return to power politics.
The use of hardline anti-Iran elements indicates that Americans are pushing for more pressure on Iran,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Saturday.
“For a seemingly superpower country, it is shameful that its national security official would be receiving a salary from a terrorist sect,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, noted on Sunday, referring to Bolton’s support of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (People’s Mujahideen) group, which Iran considers a terrorist group.
In response to an avalanche of criticism on social-media outlining the danger of his appointment, Bolton told Fox News that he remains committed to “articulate” his many views to the president.
“I’ve said what I’ve said about the Iran deal before,” said Bolton. “Look, I have my views, I’m sure I’ll have a chance to articulate them to the president… If the government can’t have a free interchange of ideas among the president’s advisors, then I think the president is not well served.”