There’s another shake-up at the White House, with news that President Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, will be replaced next month by James Bolton. Trump called it an amicable and mutual decision and thanked McMaster for helping his Administration accomplish great things in foreign policy. McMaster tweeted that after 34 years of service to the nation, he is also requesting retirement from the US Army this summer, after which he will leave public service. Or as the media is depicting that: “CHAOS!!!”
Bolton is predictably being described by the media as a “war hawk,” a hardliner on North Korea and Iran, and a Fox News commentator, rather than as a summa cum laude graduate of Yale Law, foreign policy expert, author, and former US Ambassador to the UN, Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the State Department. All that is true, even if you don’t hear it.
Bolton is also being assailed by some on the far left as a crazed, rightwing war monger and Islamophobe, which is probably also what they think of their moms who voted for Trump, so take that with a grain of salt. Evidence of his dangerousness as presented on one liberal site is that Bolton has written articles titled “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First,” “Expect America’s Tensions with China and Russia to Rise in 2018” and “How to Defund the UN.” My reaction is that the first one just reflects the long-overdue toughening of US attitudes that finally forced North Korea to the negotiating table on nuclear weapons, the second sounds as if he nailed it, and as for defunding the UN, sign me up!
In short, of all the things I’ll be lying awake and worrying about in the next year, having John Bolton as a foreign policy adviser is pretty far down the list, right underneath “If I tell this joke, will it make Nancy Pelosi mad at me?”
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