If you were to make a list of the most dangerous psychopaths you’d want to keep away from government, John Bolton would come pretty close to the top. With an extensive record of shilling for every war America has been involved in over the past 50 years, Bolton is as bloodthirsty as they come. And now he is Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser after H.R. McMasters quit today in yet another high profile resignation from the White House.
Bolton was at one point America’s ambassador to the United Nations, appointed by George W. Bush as an official “Fuck You” to the rest of the world given Bolton was opposed to the very existence of the UN in the first place. “There’s no such thing as the United Nations,” Bolton once said. “If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”
Diplomacy is apparently the ardent neocon’s speciality, although by diplomacy, Bolton means anything that benefits America. “Diplomacy is not an end in itself if it does not advance U.S. interests,” he said.
Bolton played a crucial role in promoting the myth that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction, and fought hard to send other Americans children to die in a pointless war that served only to hurl the already fragile region into over a decade of insane bloodshed.
“We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction and production facilities in Iraq,” Bolton said in 2002 while serving as Bush’s undersecretary of state for Arms Control and International Security. In that same year, Bolton tried to get Bush to go to war with Cuba too under the pretense that they were conducting germ warfare research, and has spent much of the past 16 years trying to get America to go to war with Iran.
“Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program,” Bolton wrote in an Op Ed for the New York Times in 2015. “Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure. The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in or its 2007 destruction of a Syrian reactor, designed and built by North Korea, can accomplish what is required. Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed.”
Bolton’s role as National Security Adviser will be to give policy options for the president on national security issues — a role he is completely unqualified for given his disastrous choices in the Bush administration and inability to see how catastrophic they were.
“I still think the decision to overthrow Saddam was correct,” said Bolton in an interview with The Washington Examiner. “I think decisions made after that decision were wrong, although I think the worst decision made after that was the 2011 decision to withdraw U.S. and coalition forces….The people who say, oh things would have been much better if you didn’t overthrow Saddam miss the point that today’s Middle East does not flow totally and unchangeably from the decision to overthrow Saddam alone.”
Of course anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the war that preceded a total breakdown of civil society in Iraq and the rapid emergence of ISIS would vehemently disagree. But then history and facts never bothered Bolton, making him the perfect choice for Donald Trump, and a total disaster for the rest of the world.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.