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Tue May 14, 2019, 07:47 PM

Bolton beats war drums in US-Iran standoff


Bolton beats war drums in US-Iran standoff

Date created : 14/05/2019 - 20:57

With his bushy mustache and beloved yellow legal pad, National Security Advisor John Bolton cuts a colorful figure at the White House, where he is the leading foreign policy hawk and a longtime advocate of regime change in Iran
With his bushy mustache and beloved yellow legal pad, National Security Advisor John Bolton cuts a colorful figure at the White House, where he is the leading foreign policy hawk and a longtime advocate of regime change in Iran AFP/File
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Washington (AFP)

War drums are beating louder in Washington's long-festering standoff with Iran and National Security Advisor John Bolton, a veteran champion of regime change, is the bandmaster.

With his bushy mustache and beloved yellow legal pad, Bolton cuts a colorful figure at the White House.

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He's also something of an oddity.

President Donald Trump ran on the promise to pull the United States out of unwinnable post-9/11 wars -- from Afghanistan to Syria -- that have consumed American lives and military budgets.

That retreat remains one of Trump's strongest points in his pitch to be the outsider president.

But Bolton, in the most powerful government position he has ever held, is working in exactly the opposite direction. Iran is only the latest country in his crosshairs.

At 70 and with a resume listing federal jobs back to the Ronald Reagan era, Bolton could easily have sidestepped into academia by now or continued taking paychecks from any number of think tanks. He's worked with a bunch of them.

Instead, he's in the heart of government and looking like he's having the time of his life.

In Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea, there's no shortage of battlegrounds for Bolton's crusade against leaders he sees as tyrannical enemies.

Communists and their ilk are one thing. But it's the Middle East that really stirs Bolton's geopolitical adrenaline.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:07 PM

1. Bolton has earned his credibility on the world stage which equates to "none".

If the US wants to enter into a bastard war with Iran, we will not get any significant international support.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #1)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:39 AM

6. ''we will not get any significant international support''- Like Vlad in Crimea then? thanks

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 08:51 PM

2. One of Pres. Trump's most imporant campaign promises (in my opinion) was the avoidance of the

'nation building' wars that previous administrations have gotten us into. Based on an article I read in the newspaper recently, Mr. Bolton's image in the WH may be tarnishing a bit due to Trump's perception that Bolton is trying to goad him into more ill-advised military actions. If we are seriously threatened, of course, we will have to respond appropriately, but if Bolton's influence fades a bit, I will probably sleep better.

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Response to docgeezer (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:27 AM

3. Nobody could be surprised Bolton would foment war.

Not even Trump.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 10:42 AM

4. But Trump is not required to obey him. He could be made to sit in a corner and keep quiet.*

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:39 AM

5. And yet during Obama regime we had forces fighting in Libya, Yemen, Mali, Uganda, Syria, Pakistan,

Niger, Nigeria....

USSF
SFOD-D
JTACS
SEALs
USMC SOCOM (Raiders)
USMC FAST

all very busy under Obama in undeclared wars

So the reality is Obama fomented more war yet gets a pass for it

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