Writing at The American Conservative, Matt Purple tells readers that Bolton is an unabashed neocon, hiding none of his hawkish machinations. Instead Bolton encourages “violence against enemies regardless of consequences or cost.” Purple writes (abridged):
Would that John Bolton were only a clown. The mustachioed alleged diplomat, briefly of the Bush administration—and initially criticized as too controversial even for that team—has now been appointed national security advisor.
Bolton is indeed no circus act: he’s one of the sharpest and most dangerous national security operatives in Washington.
What makes Bolton unique among hawkish operators is that he doesn’t feel the need to hide any of these machinations. The man wants to pulverize Tehran and he’s not afraid to say so. In 2015, Bolton wrote a piece for the New York Times subtly titled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”
The details never add up because they’re not supposed to. Bolton’s wheelhouse has never been the tactical nitty-gritty; he’s an ideologue whose credo dogmatizes violence against enemies regardless of consequences or cost.
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