Although I can see the reason that Trump fired H.R. McMaster, Trump’s most recent National Security Advisor, I admit I’m not much of a fan of his replacement, John Bolton.
Bolton’s never met a war he didn’t like, and doesn’t see any diplomatic quagmire that can’t be fixed with a little pre-emptive bombing. So…not my cup of tea, and no surprise, he was panic inducing to the whimpering girls and man-girls of MSNBC. In a Morning Joe video called, “Former Ambassador is scared by naming of John Bolton,” the shaking and shivering is cringe inducing.
0:35 Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul says he’s scared by Bolton (man up you pussy!).
1:05 Former Ambassador McFaul says John Bolton will prefer military solutions in North Korea.
5:00 Reporter Courtney Kube makes gratuitous reference to The Hunger Games (?).
8:15 Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas frets that not only North Korea has to be nervous, our allies in the region have to be nervous. She notes that Bolton had previously been banned from negotiations by North Korea, who called him a “bloodsucker,” and “scum.”
11:30 McFaul says that Trump is putting together a team to go to war with North Korea.
Mika ended the segment by noting how disturbing it all was.
Although this resembled the usual media hair on fire reaction to anything Trump does, it actually provided a little information that helped me put the Bolton hire into perspective. First, I don’t disagree that Bolton has publicly stated positions that polish his war-monger credentials, since he penned an op ed last month calling on a preemptive strike to eliminate North Korea’s missile program.
What was really interesting to me however, was that Bolton was a known player to the North Koreans, having been the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security when he made a 2003 speech, in which “he described North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as a “tyrannical dictator” and saying that, for North Koreans under Kim’s rule, “life is a hellish nightmare.” In response, a North Korean spokesman said “such human scum and bloodsucker is not entitled to take part in the talks.””
And that’s when it hit me that Trump might be favoring him because of his bad reputation with the North Koreans, not in spite of it.
I’ve mentioned before my four theories of Trump’s operating system. In this case, the typical liberal/establishment/media view would be theory one, Trump is all id who saw Bolton on Fox news who said some tough things, and Trump liked it. But this looks like a theory three situation, in which Trump is putting on a show, in this case for the North Koreans. Trump in negotiating likes for his opponents to think he will do anything, and what better optic to underscore that point than by firing McMaster for bomb thrower Bolton right before the beginning of high level negotiations with the outlaw state?
I’m suspecting the “chaos” of the revolving door White House might instead be more that Trump is hiring temps for piecemeal work. In this case, Bolton was the perfect foil to frighten the Norks, thinking that a guy who has been advocating bombing of North Korea now has the President’s ear before the beginning of talks between the two countries. Hopefully after Bolton has served his purpose he will be shown the revolving door.