WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept 10, 2017 — President Trump today announced that he has requested the resignation of John Bolton as National Security Advisor.
….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
John Bolton offered his own response via Twitter:
I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, "Let's talk about it tomorrow."
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) September 10, 2019
Bolton was highly unpopular among many Trump supporters for what they saw as a neo-conservative war hawkish attitude reminiscent of the Bush era.
Bolton blew up the Hanoi summit with Kim, pushed for airstrikes on Iran, completely botched the attempted Venezuela coup, undermined the Syria troop withdrawal, demanded endless war in Afghanistan. And that's just in the past 9 months. The guy is a total lunatic
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 10, 2019
— William Craddick (@williamcraddick) September 10, 2019
An article by Micah Zenko for Foreign Policy (with which I hardly, if ever agree), entitled ‘John Bolton Can’t Be Contained,’ details some of the past track record that has earned Bolton his current reputation:
“John Bolton, who starts Monday as U.S. President Donald Trump’s third national security advisor, has a long and uniformly belligerent track record in government. He has supported every recent war the United States has fought — proclaiming in May 2015, “I still think the decision to overthrow Saddam [Hussein] was correct” — and strongly endorsed initiating regime change wars against Iran and nuclear-armed North Korea. He believes in the transformative impact of military force — including unilateral — with no recognition of the risks, costs, downsides, and second- and third-order effects.
National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger would routinely call military commanders to directly relay President Richard Nixon’s alleged orders to forever increase the tonnage and pace of airstrikes in Cambodia. (“Bombing holes in the jungle,” as it was correctly derided by Defense Department analysts.) When bombing was delayed due to weather, Kissinger would chide Adm. Thomas Moorer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that “next time we would give them an operation in the desert on stationary targets in July” and ask for personal updates nearly each day. None of these conversations were vetted or made with the approval or awareness of Defense Secretary Melvin Laird.” – Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy
I’m very critical of @realDonaldTrump because he usually so richly deserves criticism. But, credit where credit is due. Firing Bolton makes the world a safer place and improves our international credibility. https://t.co/pN0y85ARSb
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) September 10, 2019
According to Newbud’s Kurt Nimmo:
“John Bolton is near the top of the neocon totem. He is a senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute (AEI). It is explicitly pro-Israel and played a leading role in the invasion of Iraq. A core group of neocons—Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Frederick Kagan and his wife Kimberly—are either members or were during the Bush years.
AEI was closely associated with the now-defunct Project for the New American Century, founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan, who wrote the “appropriate goal of American foreign policy… is to preserve [American] hegemony as far into the future as possible. To achieve this goal, the United States needs a neo-Reaganite foreign policy of military supremacy and moral confidence.” John Bolton was a board member of Project for the New American Century.” – Kurt Nimmo, Newsbud
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