The president’s hawk

The man with the mustache is at it again. John R. Bolton, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has been rattling the nation’s swords, toying with starting a war with Iran. For his part, Trump says he’s more comfortable negotiating, but Bolton, being Bolton, would rather fight.

This makes Democrats nervous. it should worry all of us. Since Trump handed Bolton this strategically crucial job a year ago, Bolton “has helped to trash, weaken, or undermine four international treaties, organizations and agreements. They range from the major, like the Iran nuclear deal, to the minor, like an obscure 144-year-old international postal treaty from which the Trump administration withdrew,” according to Politico. Look up the word hawk in the dictionary, and you’ll find his picture, goes the old line. It applies here.

Who is this guy?

John Robert Bolton came into being in 1948 in my hometown of Baltimore. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Yale. He began working for the government with the Ronald Reagan administration, holding jobs in the U.S. Agency for International Development, then as assistant attorney general in the late 1980s. He then served as assistant secretary of state for international organization in the George H.W. Bush administration. Bolton identifies as a conservative Republican.

Britannica reminds us that he has been active in conservative organizations, among them the American Enterprise Institute, which he served as vice president. George W., Bush made Bolton his undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs, which position he backed several reversals of U.S. foreign policy positions, including withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

“Bolton ran the administration’s Proliferation Security Initiative, which attempted to broker bilateral agreements on arms control between the U.S. and partner countries, and in 2001 he succeeded in halting an international conference on biological weapons over verification issues,” Britannica reports. He also was a member of the U.S. delegation in talks with North Korea but was  kicked off that team after he made derogatory comments about Kim Jong-Un.

There’s much more to see in his resume as he has wielded his power his in the Bush and Trump administrations. Today, this man now appears to be bringing us to the precipice of war with Iran.

Throughout Trump’s reign as president thus far, his choices of whom he appoints to important positions of  power and responsibility are a perverse, frequently dangerous joke, an affront to the intelligence of Americans and the rest of the civilized world. At this moment in our history, John Bolton is the one grabbing the headlines and dominating our national anxiety.

Who and what will be next?

 

 

 

 

 

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