Actually, Bolton is not a full-throated supporter of Trump’s America First agenda: He advocates American alliances and global involvement, and has offered very sceptical views of cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Iraq was a waste of blood and treasure”.
From North Korea to Iran, the militarisation of U.S. policy has now become more feasible.
Using the psychographic models, Cambridge helped design concepts for advertisements for candidates supported by Bolton’s PAC, including the 2014 campaign of Sen. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction.
Bolton’s policy prescription for North Korea has been consistent-firmly pointed towards regime change.
Another source close to Bolton said it was premature to be talking about personnel changes.
Among Asian allies, dealing with an increasingly assertive China, the prospect of a trade war as Trump levies tariffs against Beijing, and an unpredictable North Korea, there was some concern.
Bolton, known for his walrus moustache, is a fierce North Korea hawk who, in his prolific writings and television commentary, has said that preemptive war would likely be the only way to stop North Korea from obtaining the capability to attack the United States with a nuclear missile.
He was once removed from a USA delegation taking part in six-party talks on North Korea after he called then-leader Kim Jong-il a “tyrannical dictator” who ran a country where “life is hell”. He will not hesitate to push for the repeal of the nuclear deal with Iran if the other signatories fail to observe America’s conditions for tightening its terms and intensifying its monitoring.
He becomes Mr Trump’s third national security chief in 14 months.
That has veterans of the Trump administration predicting that Bolton will quickly seek to install his own team at the NSC, which functions as a clearing house for policy advice and is supposed to integrate the different perspectives of USA government agencies.
The introduction of Bolton and Pompeo into these senior roles puts two proponents of brash American unilateralism into positions where they will likely exercise considerable influence over how Trump maneuvers on critical issues. Schadlow was the primary author of the administration’s recently released National Security Strategy, which was viewed as a surprisingly mainstream document that reaffirmed many traditional USA foreign-policy positions.
No surprise, Bolton totally downplays the consequences of trashing the deal, which would leave Tehran free to immediately advance toward nuclear breakout capacity. Bolton has himself participated in spreading a number of conspiracy theories, including that the Muslim Brotherhood might have infiltrated the Obama administration and that Muslim immigration in the US could replicate the (imaginary, non-existent) no-go zones that both Bolton and Trump have claimed exist in Europe.
As Trump takes a more active role in reshaping his White House, the same assertive decision-making style is beginning to surface on matters of policy.
A second former White House official offered a blunt assessment of former Obama officials now detailed or appointed to the NSC: “Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit”.
Conservative hardliners have praised Mr Bolton for his tough stance on foreign policy but he is also seen as one of the most divisive figures in conservative circles. Hill suggested that the lack of diplomatic engagement from the presidencies of George W. Bush through the Obama years resulted in a lack of intelligence from people on the ground.
Back in 1994 he was quoted saying the U.S. was the world’s “only real power”. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., according to Wylie and another former employee, who spoke to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity to avoid being dragged into the investigations that now appear to be engulfing Cambridge.
While critics fear Bolton may try to push his ideas on Trump, others said Trump may not be so easy to turn, and has been known to make impulsive decisions. He will be the fourth man on the advisory job in just over a year. He showed disregard for the opinions of others, caring little what effect this had on his worldwide counterparts.
When Mr Bolton served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, he often emerged from the Security Council hall and addressed reporters. For example, Bolton is a reflexive defender of the Iraq War, which Mr. Trump frequently criticized on the campaign trail.
Both Pompeo and Bolton have criticized side deals made between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring Iran’s compliance with the deal, and Iran.
“You just hired someone who is likely to start another wasteful war!”, tweeted another.
Many have referenced his 2013 tweet opposing the appointment of any former Bush administration officials.