Trump Fires National Security Advisor John Bolton: Good Riddance

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A feud between John Bolton and Trump finally blew open today. There are conflicting stories about what happened.

Bolton's Tweet

Trump's Tweets

Robert Costa

Bolton Settles the Issue

Offering to resign is not resigning.

The New York Times has the correct headline: Trump Fires John Bolton as National Security Adviser.

President Trump fired John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, on Tuesday amid fundamental disagreements over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.

His departure comes as Mr. Trump is pursuing diplomatic openings with two of the United States’ most intractable enemies, efforts that have troubled hard-liners in the administration, like Mr. Bolton, who view North Korea and Iran as profoundly untrustworthy.

The president has continued to court Kim Jong-un, the repressive leader of North Korea, despite Mr. Kim’s refusal to surrender his nuclear program and despite repeated short-range missile tests by the North that have rattled its neighbors. In recent days, Mr. Trump has expressed a willingness to meet with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran under the right circumstances, and even to extend short-term financing to Tehran, although the offer has so far been rebuffed.

Bolton's Consistent Message "Bomb Iran"

He repeatedly called on Tump to "Bomb, Bomb, Iran"

Bolton Wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times: To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran

Dangerous Obsession With Iran

Why Now?

Bolton's policy was known log ago. It never changed.

He never should have been hired in the first place.

Here’s the deal

  1. Trump needs deals to get re-elected
  2. Bolton doesn't want deals

Good Riddance

Of all Trump's appointments, Bolton was the worst.

The words "worst" and "good riddance" do not come close to expressing my feelings.

"Despise" is insufficient.

National Security Advisor John Bolton was an enormous security threat to the United States of America and the world in general.

For lack of anything else powerful enough to add, "Good Riddance".

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (50)
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Latkes
Latkes

One less warmonger...

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Trump actually DID something RIGHT today .... to get rid of that fckn warmonging moustache....Good ....G R E A T !

WildBull
WildBull

Less war mongering in this administration than either Bush's or Obama's.

Thalamus
Thalamus

Why does Trump hire these nutjobs?

Country Bob
Country Bob

@Thalamus -- "Why does Trump hire these nutjobs?"

Keep your friends close, and keep your enemies closer.

Bush and Obama loved war; Trump does not. I think Trump hired Bolton for the purpose of wearing Bolton down in frustration. Get Bolton all excited about starting yet another war, and then yank the rug out from under him at the last minute.

Trump doesn't do things the "normal" way, at least not the normal Washington DC way. The press continues to underestimate Trump because they insist on judging Trump according to Washington DC metrics.... Washington DC is the problem.

Trump is far far far from perfect, but anything he does to dismantle the mess that is the political class is a good thing for the rest of the country.

Bolton is part of the career bureaucrat class that has profited from both the blood and treasure that rightfully belongs to taxpayers. My only regret in this story is that Trump didn't put Bolton more "in the spotlight" more often, let Bolton dig more of his grave himself. Sunlight is a great way to get rid of cockroaches. Allowing Bolton to leave with his reputation somewhat in tact means he might return in some future administration... it would have been better (longer lasting) if Bolton had left in disgrace.

So now a generation of military aged Americans will grow up with all their limbs still attached, and some foreign country will have to wreck itself without the USA "helping". Both good problems

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Less war mongering in this administration than either Bush's or Obama's."

Trump has started no new wars

That we can say

wootendw
wootendw

Obviously, Trump shouldn't have hired Bolton in the first place. But why did he?

Bolton was hired five days after the last western military strike on Syria (following a false flag CWs 'attack') in April, 2018. Trump has endured heavy criticism each time he has expressed a desire to get out of Syria. One of the few things the establishment praised Trump for was attacking Syria (twice).

I suspect Trump hired Bolton mainly to appease warmongering critics in the US mil/industrial complex (and maybe Netanyahu also). But whatever the reason, by bringing in the worst of the warmongers and letting everyone see what these people have in store for US, and the world if they remain influential, Trump has shown a light on the Dark - whether he intended to or not.

Sechel
Sechel

First as far as who quit and who got fired. Trump has a poor history of telling the truth. Bolton may be a war monger but he's been relatively honest. I believe him.

Second about performing the function of NSA director. National Security Advisors perform a variety of functions - including serving as the President's senior most advisor on national security and convening cabinet level meetings on national security to inform POTUS on such decisions. Bolton did neither

Third Bolton and Trump agree on nothing. It's not about dissenting views, its about that they never shared the same mission , objectives or view of the world. There's been reporting that Trump debated hiring him based on his dislike of the mustache. While that may seem petty Trump does seem to have an affinity to hiring people he's seen on TV primarily FOX. It's not just Bolton but Kudlow(who does not share Trump's view on economics) and Monica Crowley to name a few.

Early on Trump had a few people on his team who inspired confidence and knew what they were doing. H.R. McMaster and Dina Powell are two names that fit that bill and held the office before Bolton.

G-d help us with who Trump picks as choice #4 and we're just over half way done with Trump's first term.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Mr. President, I'm sure the world will be a much friendlier and generally more agreeable place for us now that John Bolton is out. Can we have a peace-in-our-time tweet, please?

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

during His presidency upto now, Trump has done 2 things correct: never started a new war, and fired Bolton the warmonger!

Sechel
Sechel

Bolton is just the latest example that Trump has no process for vetting and hiring. This is one of those cases where EVERYONE saw this coming. We can quibble about whether Rex Tillerson was a good hire or not(I think it was a good pick that proved wrong) but most of Trump's picks were obvious failures from the start. What makes it more shocking is Trump campaigned on his management prowess despite clearly not having any.

thimk
thimk

trump's cutting his losses. iran signed mega deal with china belt/road initiative which includes 5000 Chinese military boots on the ground.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

MIC won't be happy.

Tengen
Tengen

This is fantastic news, but Trump needs to send Pompeo and Abrams packing too. Neocons have no place in Trump's administration or any other as they've already had their day and are utterly unwilling to change their odious views.

I always thought Bolton and Pompeo were pushed onto Trump (by Adelson?) and seeing Trump finally push back is wonderful. Good riddance to a guy who never should have been hired in the first place and surprised no one with his rhetoric.

2banana
2banana

Trump.

  • No new wars

  • Fired Bolton

  • Talking with Taliban and trying to work a deal to withdraw from Afghanistan

  • Defeated ISIS in Iraq and Syria

  • Better terms with North Korea than the last 40 years of US presidents

  • Called the war in Iraq a big fat mistake

  • Wants dialogue with Russia and a return to the G8

Portrayed as warmonger by the fake legacy media.

And...

Two wars obama "I am pretty good at killing people" has a Nobel Peace Prize.

Webej
Webej

Impossible to know why Trump hired him ... no way of knowing what kind of quid pro quo's with hidden political forces there may have been. That said, on the surface it sure looks like Trump has severely hampered his administration by not being able to pick reliable staff who know how to operate the levers of power (? Jeff Sessions).

Mish
Mish

Editor

"First as far as who quit and who got fired. Trump has a poor history of telling the truth. Bolton may be a war monger but he's been relatively honest. I believe him."

I believe his story too

  1. He offered to resign
  2. That's not resigning
  3. Thus he was fired

Those are the facts and Bolton admitted point 1

Jackula
Jackula

Halleluja!

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

Christmas have come early this year. Hopefully.

Realist
Realist

I still expect the US to stick its nose in everyone else’s business; it will continue to attempt to overthrow governments, and be responsible for the killing of women and children all over the world. Removing “one” warmonger from office is about the same as removing “one” gun from a violent society which continues to accept mass shootings as something that will keep happening. And what do most of you argue about; which President is the biggest warmonger? Do you have any idea how this looks to the rest of the world? And you wonder why America is so despised around the world.

TheLege
TheLege

Two words: Tucker Carlson

Stevie
Stevie

CNN will pick him up in a flash. They always have room for another Trump basher.