The New National Security Advisor [NSA]: NoNoNo to John Bolton! Yes, Sir! to Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.
Once again, new candidates have to be vetted for standard WH positions. Without any hesitation, I would warmly recommend Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. I do not know McMaster. Yet, I am fully aware of his distinguished military/intellectual history.
Let me quote from the NYTimes [2/18/17]:
“General McMaster, a highly decorated Army officer, is considered one of the military’s leading intellectuals. He earned something of cult status in the military as a young major for his influential 1997 book: Dereliction of Duty, an indictment of the military’s failure to stand up to LBJ and other civilian leaders during the Vietnam War.”
Ironically, I have cautioned military officers at a class at Ft. McNair, Wash. D.C to refuse civilian orders which cannot be carried out or are doomed to fail. I cited LBJ, who never served in our military but created the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” false flag. POTUS LBJ stated that the North Vietnamese attacked our navy vessels in the Gulf of Tonkin but history shows that he lied just like Bush Jr, Cheney, and the other “chicken hawks” had done on 9/11.
Remember: in the Vietnam War, we lost over fifty thousand dead. In addition, over 250,000 men/women were wounded or incapacitated. How many dead or shattered military do we have from Iraq, Afghanistan or North Africa? Get it?
In contrast to the scholar/warrior, Lt Gen. McMaster, John Bolton is our in-house cowardly neocon. Bolton went to Yale to receive his BA and J.D. Next he spent most of his professional adult life making certain he was never in any war zone. Bolton digs an office job with benefits.
Bolton was a contemporary of Bill and Hillary Clinton at Yale School. He wrote the following in his Yale 25th reunion book [Wikipedia]:
“I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”
I have known John professionally for several decades. Overall, I found him to be quite likeable, if not basically a “moral coward’ and “intellectual bully”. His intellectual firepower was close to nil. He reflexively took a tough stance with his perceived adversaries [North Korea, Russia, et.al.] The problem with Bolton was/ is the simple fact that he spent most of his professional life pandering for favors and money from his Republican patrons [Adelson, Mercer]. Like the other chicken hawks, he was also involved in the illegal “Iran Contra Affair” during the Reagan administration.
As with most of the other NeoCons who were afraid to die in battle, Bolton had no problem recommending that ordinary American citizens offer themselves as cannon fodder in the Iraq War.
What was a couple of thousand more dead American soldiers to a man who openly feared kinetic action for himself?
Bolton “attempted to have the chief bioweapons analyst in the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research [INR] and the CIA’s national intelligence officer for Latin American affairs reassigned.” [Wikipedia]. Bolton “forged the documents about yellowcake uranium from Niger” [Wikipedia] that allowed Bush Jr to rationalize the nonsensical Iraq war. Accordingly, Bolton would stop any intelligence or professional who might contradict his own inherently misguided views about war and nation building. He withheld evidence which ran counter to his own goals when he had served both Sec States Condi Rice and Colin Power.
Bolton has never had any problem lying under oath during his different confirmation hearings throughout his different careers at the State Dept. Nevertheless, he has received the whole-hearted endorsement of the Jewish casino mobster, Sheldon Adelson. That’s a red flag!
Bolton should not ever be brought back into any present or future administration. Unlike Lt Gen. H. R. McMaster, Bolton is the “civilian rat” who got away with murder, again and again. Like POTUS Obama who had received a Nobel Peace Prize for having done nothing [even before his eight year tenure], Bolton also had the incredible audacity to have himself nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
I would appreciate it if Dr. Rand Paul would write a letter to the Trump team informing them that Bolton is D.O.A. Dead On Arrival!
The British novelist, Charles Dickens writes in his novel Great Expectations:
“In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I know to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”