Posted by: maboulette | November 16, 2018

John Bolton National Security Advisor

President Trump appointed John Bolton for National Security Advisor.  This is the man that is ready to go to war with North Korea now.  Members of  President Bush’s administration have tried to warn the President that this is not the man to put into his administration because of Bolton’s readiness to go to war with almost any country.   Bolton is considered radical even by neo-cons standards.


Bolton is one of the key figures of neoconservatism, a political tendency that believes the United States should follow and defend primacy or unlimited power – especially by military means.  Many head the drum beats in the background and they are beginning to get louder and louder.


The neocons originally were a small group of conservatives who were upset with the US’s refusal to spend adequately on military defense. Many started working for the anti-communist Democratic senator, Henry Jackson, in the 1970s, but by the Reagan era, they had become Republicans. In contrast to conservatives who favoured détente with the USSR, the neocons advocated an aggressive confrontation and huge increases in military spending. Under Ronald Reagan, they began to get what they wanted


After the Cold War ended, they still advocated a much more hostile foreign policy, insisting that all options be kept on the table to tackle new “threats” facing the US.  But the neocons, still encouraged a much more hostile foreign policy, insisting that all options be kept on the table to tackle new “threats” facing the US.


They spent the 1990s crafting a blueprint for American power,which included military intervention and nation-building in the Middle East. With the terrorist attacks on September 11 2001, this blueprint became Bush administration policy.  Neocons advocated the invasion of Iraq in order to follow a democratic change to the Middle East; in the words of Donald Rumsfeld, to pursue terrorists in the region and “drain the swamp they live in”.


Bolton was one of the largest proponent of the 2003 invasion ofIraq, boasting that at the time that Iraqis would “welcome U.S. troop” with open arms.  It didn’t really work out that way!  Can you hear the drums of war?

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