Originally posted February 1, 2018.
Of all the possible options for National Security Adviser, the one that would likely be the worst is former ambassador John Bolton. Bolton is the loudest neocon of all on the airwaves today, and any semblance of foreign policy realism in the White House would be terminated with his appointment. H.R. McMaster has not been a great influence on the president, but Bolton is a rabid War Dog and surely the worst possible option if you are focused on an America first policy of less foreign intervention and more focus on creating jobs and freedom here at home. Daniel Larison does a great job of outlining this at The American Conservative, writing:
Bolton’s (John) name has repeatedly been floated for top positions in the Trump administration, including National Security Advisor, but fortunately he has been passed over so far. He would be a terrible choice to replace McMaster, who has also proven to be dangerous and irresponsible in his own right on North Korea, but it could have the unintended effect of exposing Trump’s worst policies to closer scrutiny and criticism if Bolton is the one defending them.
Bear in mind that for Bolton “Iran’s opposition” means the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) cult that virtually all Iranians detest. Nothing could be more bankrupt than a discredited Iraq war booster calling for regime change in yet another country while hitching himself to a group of disgraced exiles, but that is what Bolton is offering.
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