Trump is good at firing, it is because he is so bad at hiring.
Trump came to office having made noises favorable to normalizing
relations with Russia and cutting back foreign military adventures.
Despite his manifest personal and professional inadequacies, that
vague promise offered a glimmer of hope to a number of congenital
to turn around U.S. foreign policy so drastically, supposing he
honestly wanted to do so, a President would need a team possessing
the necessary knowledge, wisdom and courage to produce and impose a
coherent alternative. Trump had no team at all. He did not seem to
have any idea of where to find appropriate men and women to do the
job. He has flailed about, using each choice to demonstrate that the
previous one was a mistake, while meanwhile the Deep State connives
to destroy him for all the wrong reasons.
Trump has chosen as his national security advisor a man who
personifies exactly what candidate Trump hinted he didn’t want: a
man with the reputation of being the worst war hawk in Washington.
John R. Bolton is not merely hostile to North Korea, or to Iran, or
to Russia, but is exorbitantly hostile to them all. Bolton is the
perfect national security advisor to get the United States into war
against most of the world.
as a lawyer, like just about everybody in Washington, Bolton has no
particular scholarly background for messing around in foreign
affairs. Rather, he is the perfect denizen of the galaxy of think
tanks that have essentially seized policy-making away from academia
and serious diplomacy in order to satisfy rich private donors, the
military industrial complex and the Israel lobby.
has run the gamut of neo-con think tankery, from the Project for the
New American Century (PNAC), the American Enterprise Institute, the
war-mongering Committee for Peace and Security In the Gulf, to JINSA,
the Jewish Institute for National Security of America – although
Bolton is not Jewish.
particularly sinister connection is Bolton’s leading role for the
past ten years in something called the Gatestone Institute. This
propaganda group specializes in spreading alarm about Muslims taking
over the world, especially Western Europe. The obvious point here to
identify Palestinians as part of this Muslim threat, the better to
strengthen the Western NATO alliance with Israel. Gatestone’s
anti-Muslim crusade does not extend to condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s
sponsorship of extreme Islamists from the Africa to Indonesia. Nor
does it advocate cooperating with Russia in an international police
effort against genuine Islamic extremism. Quite the contrary.
opposes any deal with Russia, China, Syria, Iran or North Korea on
the grounds that they are “regimes that make agreements and lie
about them”. Any such agreement is “doomed to failure”, he
recently told Fox news. This attitude rules out diplomacy and implies
that force is the only way to settle differences. It overlooks the
fact that Moscow has been far more faithful to international
agreements than Washington, but all those D.C. lawyers are there to
argue the contrary.
view of relations with Russians is to “make them feel pain”, as
he has said on various occasions.
ignorant arrogance should disqualify Bolton from any serious
governmental position – except in Washington with its pathology of
unlimited global hegemony. Bolton has as much understanding of the
psychology of other peoples as a factory robot. He doesn’t want to
understand them. His manly pose denies that people with different
histories and different circumstances have a right to their own point
of view. We are good and they are bad, we are right and they are
wrong. This is an attitude copied from Superman comics, and fits the
American illusion of possessing the might that defines right. This
can only lead to disaster.