President Trump has selected right-wing hawk John Bolton as his new National Security Adviser. Bolton’s chief credential for the job is his role as a Fox News commentator, the only people Trump listens to for guidance on foreign and domestic policies. In his career as a proponent of extremist foreign policies, Bolton has gained a legitimate reputation as someone right out of Dr. Strangelove.
Bolton has advocated a preemptive war as the only way to prevent North Korea from obtaining the capability to attack the United States with a nuclear missile. He touted “the legal case for striking North Korea first” in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal and has dismissed negotiations with North Korea as a waste of time.
Bolton has been even more hawkish than Trump on Iran, pushing for the president to withdraw from the nuclear agreement that the United States and five other world powers reached with Tehran during the Obama administration.
- In January, Bolton told Fox News that Trump should dump the nuclear deal, reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran, and work toward an overthrow of the government there.
- He similarly called for bombing Iran in a New York Times editorial in 2015. “Our goal should be regime change in Iran.”
Bolton for years also has espoused bringing about regime change in North Korea, saying it would be a good idea for South Korea to “take control” of North Korea.
My comments: Bolton’s “policies” are so over-the-top, off-the-wall lunacy, to even analyze them would give them more than their due. My concerns are more local and prosaic: the response of Georgia Republicans to the fact they have given the United States an Administration hell bent to take us into an unnecessary war that would make GW Bush’s Iraq war debacle look like child’s play.
In particular, I focus on the reaction of Georgia’s Republican Congressional delegation, spearheaded by Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representatives Handel and Loudermilk—and their staffs. Surely, we will hear a “whoosh” as Trump’s Georgia Republicans rush out of their comfortable homes and offices to get to the recruiting office to make sure they are in the front ranks of the soldiers who will be fighting the Trump/Bolton war that is coming soon.
And we have every right in the world to label as coward any Trump supporter eligible for service in our armed forces who is not wearing a uniform.
Unfortunately, Georgia Republicans are more likely, once more, to be willing to sacrifice the lives of tens of thousands, if not millions, of innocent human beings before they are thrown in the dustbin of history. Like the Nazis.
Bolton’s appointment has given new proof that Trump’s Republican Administration is a mirror image of Hitler’s in the 1930s, i.e, before the war and the Holocaust, but long after Hitler’s intentions had become abundantly clear.
Call up the office of your Republican Senator and Congressperson. Ask the staffer who answers how many of the Senator’s/Representative’s relatives will die or be wounded or maimed in the war Trump and Bolton will unleash.
Ask the staffer whether he/she or any their fellow staffers ever served in the armed forces of the United States. If not, ask them when they intend to get to the recruiting office, now that the Republicans have put the U.S. on a war footing.
I’m serious. I’m deadly serious. Make that call.
You might also contact the office of Senator Lindsey Graham who publicly praised Bolton’s appointment. “Pray tell us, Senator. Which of your relatives are going to die in the war Trump and Bolton will unleash? We know for darn sure it won’t be you, don’t we. What a pluperfect armchair warrior you are.”
It’s a done deal, my friend. The Republican Party is now the far right wing, and Republicans will follow Trump and Bolton into war and be willing to sacrifice the last of your children to fight it. That is the horror we and the world now face. The November elections are our only hope, and we may not make it.
The appointment of the war-mongering Bolton, a character right out of Dr. Strangelove, smashes to bits any excuse that a booming economy will justify a vote for Republicans in November. Of course, a 700 point drop in the DJIA last week shows even the economy might not survive Trump and his clueless Republicans.
Bolton’s appointment removes any sliver of hope that Trump is not an insane fool or that Republicans will be able to govern this country. And let there be no doubt: Republicans like Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel gave us this idiot with eyes wide open and continue to worship at his feet.