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 (49)
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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.

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Latkes
Latkes

And Clinton and daddy-Bush

shamrock
shamrock

Clinton? I don't think so.

Latkes
Latkes

Clinton started the whole "Spreading democracy" doctrine.

shamrock
shamrock

We're talking about Bill right? I'd love to see a source because I think it was Bush jr., not Clinton, who wanted to spread democracy with his wars and regime changes.

Latkes
Latkes

NATO lost it's purpose in the 90's, so Clinton bombed Serbia to give it a new purpose. He did not explicitly say that it was to spread democracy, but that was the beginning of the new era.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

‘This was the justification for Nato’s bombing, led by Bill Clinton and Blair, that killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and television studios and destroyed Serbia’s economic infrastructure. It was blatantly ideological; at a notorious “peace conference” in Rambouillet in France, Milosevic was confronted by Madeleine Albright, the US secretary of state, who was to achieve infamy with her remark that the deaths of half a million Iraqi children were “worth it”.

Albright delivered an “offer” to Milosevic that no national leader could accept. Unless he agreed to the foreign military occupation of his country, with the occupying forces “outside the legal process”, and to the imposition of a neo-liberal “free market”, Serbia would be bombed. This was contained in an “Appendix B”, which the media failed to read or suppressed. The aim was to crush Europe’s last independent “socialist” state. ‘ ~ excerpted text from link

KidHorn
KidHorn

Didn't we also go into Somalia under Bill Clinton?

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