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John Bolton has been appointed the US’s new National Security Advisor by the US President Donald Trump.
Bolton was America’s ambassador to the UN and, he fits to a ‘T’ the image of aggressive intent Trump now seems to want to put on display.
Bolton was a strong proponent of the Iraq War under President George W. Bush and is noted for accusing Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction. He remained unrepentant when this accusation turned out to be false.
In an op-ed piece published in a leading US journal in 2015, he unashamedly argued for a per-emptive strike on North Korea – not talks.
Bolton holds a number of other countries in equal contempt and has even referred to the UN with more than a small degree of derision.
He has shown himself a radical racist who supported anti-Islam hate groups and, is on record for calling former President Barack Obama a Muslim – albeit in supposed jest.
Here are excerpts from some of the op-ed pieces Bolton penned.
“Pre-emption opponents argue that action is not justified because Pyongyang does not constitute an ‘imminent threat’. They are wrong. The threat is imminent”
On the friction in the Middle East he writes, “In contemporary times, Israel has already twice struck nuclear-weapons programs in hostile states: destroying the Osirak reactor outside Baghdad in 1981 and a Syrian reactor being built by North Koreans in 2007…It is perfectly legitimate for the United States to respond to the current “necessity” posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by striking first”.
“To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” was the title of an op-ed piece he wrote in 2015. It read, “The inconvenient truth is that only military action…can accomplish what is required… Such action should be combined with vigorous American support …aimed at regime change in Tehran.”
In another op-ed piece titled “A ‘Three-State Solution’ For Middle East Peace,” he wrote “The only logic underlying the demand for a Palestinian state is the political imperative of Israel’s opponents to weaken and encircle the Jewish state, thereby …challenging Israel’s very right to exist.
On the Paris attacks Bolton commented, “This is not a matter for the criminal law…This is a war…the mechanism of response must be …not hope that we will “ultimately” destroy it. ‘Ultimately’ is too far away.”
On Europe’s immigration crisis Bolton wrote, “How many boat people…are actually terrorists, perhaps trained by the Islamic State in Syria or Iraq?”
If these statements reflect the workings of John Bolton’s mind and Trump’s boosting of the military budget to new heights, little doubt remains that the world can expect a show of power from the United States, sooner rather than later.