@AmbJohnBolton: “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

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John Bolton will officially take up his new position in April

And prepare he will!

There are few people in America as keen on war as @AmbJohnBolton. Any war. Anywhere. Any time.

Why if the US was not involved in a half-dozen wars already he’d be on the phone right now stirring up some hard-core Trouble with a Capital T.

And, due apologies to Bob Marley, but this guy can stir it.

Think Trump without a filter. Think Biden without the same filter. 

Some in the press are saying @AmbJohnBolton has been brought on-board ‘despite’ his… loose cannon ways, but of course he was tagged because Trump wants to utilize these very ‘qualities.’  They are brothers by different mothers. 

Overnight Bolton will become the new ‘go-to’ guy for idiotic sound-bites should his boss decide to go to Florida to do whatever he does in Florida.

Indeed, @AmbJohnBolton will be on-hand to threaten war with Iran in the morning and China at lunch and North Korea in the evening.  

So no more banging on the barn door for @AmbJohnBolton.

No more idiotic editorials complaining about not being loved or appreciated by his Commander-in-Chief.

No, @AmbJohnBolton is on the inside now. Making life and death decisions. Living the life of a Trump AmbCommander-in-Chief Jr. 

Well, at least for now. He is going to need either a full-blown war or a lot of in-house support if he wants to keep this job. 

In the link below he begins his downward trajectory with an off-the-cuff interview with Sky News. 

Watch it now and then go out and stock up on some canned beans and other non-perishable items.

And before closing that bunker door, let us all join hands and sing-out, one more time: The Bolt is back in town!

James Porteous


23 March 2018 |Sharon Marris | Sky News

“If you want peace, prepare for war” – those are the words quoted by Donald Trump’s next national security adviser.

John Bolton was quoting the Roman dictum as he was interviewed by Sky News following the announcement that he is to replace HR McMaster.

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He said: “The US and the west face a lot of threats.

“I think we’ve seen proliferation, terrorism, strategic threats. So despite the view of many people at the end of the Cold War that we’d come to the end of history, unfortunately we haven’t.

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Bolton writes in op-ed he can’t get in to see Trump anymore

“Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton once enjoyed regular access to President Donald Trump, but can no longer get a hearing with him. “I requested a meeting with him and I was turned down,” Bolton told POLITICO, though he declined to offer further details.

Bolton went public with his complaint in an op-ed published Monday in National Review in which he laid out a blueprint to exit the Iran nuclear deal because he couldn’t deliver it to the president himself.

“It’s important for the US to protect its civilian population, protect its alliances, protect its economy, so there will be a lot of work to do.”

 

When asked about the potential for more conflict, he replied: “I think that’s something we want to avoid and I think the way the President has approached this along the line of Ronald Reagan of peace through strength is important.

“And I think the surest way to avoid conflict is to have a strong military capability.

“As the ancient Romans used to say: Si vis pacem, para bellum – if you want peace, prepare for war.”

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Mr Bolton, a hawk who has advocated military force against Iran and North Korea, will become the third person to hold to national security adviser position in 14 months.

He served as the US ambassador to the UN from 2005-2006 and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001-2005.

In a statement, the White House described him as “one of the strongest voices and experts on the full range of national security issues and challenges facing the country”.

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There is an exclusive Sky News Interview here

President Trump announced the move on Twitter, saying: “I am very thankful for the service of General HR McMaster who has done an outstanding job and will always remain my friend.”

Mr Bolton, 69, will take over officially on 9 April.

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson being replaced by CIA boss Mike Pompeo, the national security team is increasingly staffed by those sharing the President’s preference for exercising US power unilaterally.

Under former president George W Bush, Mr Bolton pushed the invasion of Iraq, which was later found to have been based on exaggerated intelligence.

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More recently, Mr Bolton has been a media commentator – including on Sky News – and has pushed tough positions on North Korea and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Mr Trump has criticised.

Speaking to Sky News after his position was confirmed, Mr Bolton said among the issues he will focus on will be the dangers posed by nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

But he was tight-lipped on what he had discussed with the President on these subjects, saying: “I don’t talk about my conversations with the President.

“I think that’s important for an adviser… you can’t have a full and frank discussion if the advice is public.”

There had been growing speculation that General McMaster would soon be ousted, having clashed regularly with President Trump.

The three-star general was brought in to replace the disgraced Michael Flynn.

His departure is the latest in a long line that started with Mr Flynn but has also included chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, economic adviser Gary Cohn and Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted just days as White House communications manager.

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