Peacemaker Bolton Quits by Walrus.


It seems that another voice for peace and moderation in foreign policy has abandoned the Trump Administration. John Bolton has quit as National Security Advisor. It sounds to me like the constant calls for a more aggressive, warlike, stance from President Trump eventually became too much for this peace loving gentle flower child and he has taken a principled stand and resigned.

Who should the Administration now call on to provide some restraint on the Presidents warlike impulses?



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46 Responses to Peacemaker Bolton Quits by Walrus.

  1. blue peacock says:

    How about another peacemaker and lady in waiting for the GOP 2024 nomination – Nimrata “Nikki” Haley. She will immediately call for a Peace & Friendship Treaty with that evil thug Vladimir Putin.

  2. anon says:

    I spoke to Don last night and offered to take bolt on moustaches place and he agreed there is place for me on his team.He commended my foresight and deft use of sharpie to make bold statements.Was it winston who said something about the “winds of change”.Oh well who knows,in like flynn might be back again.

  3. anon says:

    Close but with initials k.a. also a nh

  4. Barbara Ann says:

    I’m sure the Administration will give the matter much thought and due deliberation and using the same selection process as before, choose the candidate most highly qualified recommended by the Adelsons. Tell me it ain’t so.

  5. David Solomon says:

    I assume this is meant as sarcasm, I hope. I certainly never considered Bolton a voice for moderation.

  6. Fred says:

    He can always get Bibi, since he’s (Bibi) all for wars of conquest. Take that Denmark; Greenland here we come!

  7. oldman22 says:

    Chas Freeman for National Security Advisor

  8. Factotum says:

    Good point about Nikki Haley perhaps being the lady in waiting for this position. Good for a POTUS who open doors to develop a farm club talent for 2024.
    Reminder what a fail Obama was, leaving his party in desperation and desolation, after his welcomed departure from office in 2017. Biden running on Obama fumes was the best succession legacy he could leave behind. Obama groomed no farm club.

  9. ted richard says:

    does it really matter any longer?
    if you think that russia or china or iran takes this clown show seriously or trusts in word one washington will follow through on what they say i have a bridge to sell you.
    even during obamas second term it was clear putin and his staff did not trust the obama administration to tell the truth about the weather let alone anything important.
    to get anything done now with russia or china or iran i suspect its become impossible. all that’s left between washington, moscow and bejing is to avoid a nuclear ww3.
    we have an impasse which is impossible to bridge. russia and china are creating a new world order for those that become a part that’s philosophically, morally and economically incompatible with the one washington and its european vassals are trying to sustain.
    only one winner will emerge from the struggle and i do not mean war although that is not impossible once one side reaches denouement point of economic degradation.
    its said a reputation arrives on foot and departs on horseback and with ours all you can see now is the tail wafting the air.

  10. catherine says:

    I don’t usually find much value at the Atlantic but this article (written before Trump even fired Bolton) about Trump’s FP timeline (and flip flops) and Bolton who was acting like he was President is very, very good.
    It will allow Trump loyalist to more easily support Trump and give everyone else a tad bit of hope that Trump really won’t go bonkers and start any wars.

  11. Barbara Ann says:

    Seems this guy threw his hat in the ring:
    He looks perfect. NSC Chief of Staff, Bolton protégé, gives speeches entitled “Why Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism and a Threat to National Security“, hates Iran and appears on Wayne Allen Root’s show. (sarcasm)

  12. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    Heaven forfend. Col.Macgregor? Converstion between him, my friend our hostess, myself for a well spent hour or so. Loves this country, leader, versed in relevance of history, culture, religion, apt evocation of their respective relevance to matters of national interest. Nice to have in the NSA, no? Makes for a pleasant change from the fumbling asses with whom we have lately been saddled.

  13. JP Billen says:

    Is it true that he has been reaching out to his ex-advisor McMaster? And why did he fire McMaster anyway? Or did McMaster quit, and Trump claimed that he fired him to save face?

  14. different clue says:

    Since President Trump appears to talk about things and stuff with Tucker Carlson, perhaps he should ask Tucker Carlson to spend a week thinking . . . and then offer the President some names and the reasoning for offering those names.
    If the President asks the same Establishment who gave him Bolton, he will just be handed another Bolton. “Establishment” include Pence, who certainly supported Bolton’s outlook on things and would certainly recommend another “Bolton” figure if asked. Let us hope Pence is not consulted on Bolton’s successor.

  15. Poul says:

    Really Fred.
    As a Dane I think you really should start with Canada first. Yes, They are a bit uppity compared to Greenlanders, but it’s a much better deal and offer the same benefits. The real estate would nicely supplement the US’ existing holdings.

  16. Lyttennburgh says:

    Subhān Allāh! Sultan Danuld at-Trumphoon al-Quincy dismissed his wazir Yahya al-Boltoni, for verily it’s said to all Faithful: mustache is Shaitan’s brush. /s

  17. confusedponderer says:

    There is an nice article about his “Being fired by Don Donald / Nope, actually I quit myself” story:
    The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss
    Many will rightly celebrate the departure of the US national security adviser. But however welcome the news, it reflects the deeper problems with this administration

    However satisfying it may be to see him leave, whoever is picked to succeed him may not be much of an improvement. No one should cheer the chaotic and dysfunctional nature of this administration. Its boss revels in divisions and factionalism among his staff, which allows him to continue governing by his whims, kneejerk reactions and vanity.
    It is neither normal nor desirable for the national security adviser to be excluded from meetings about Afghanistan – even if it is a relief, when the individual concerned is (or was) Mr Bolton. It is more likely that he was fired because he dented his boss’s ego than because his advice was so bad: Mr Trump liked Mr Bolton’s bellicose style when he saw it on Fox News, not when it clashed with his own intentions.
    The national security adviser may have been the most ferocious of the voices urging Mr Trump to turn up the pressure on Iran, but he was certainly not alone. Mr Bolton’s presence in the White House was frightening. But its continued occupation by the man who hired him is much more so.

    I read that the main drivers of getting him kicked or retire himself were Mnuchin and Pompeo, both afflicted by that nasty goofy smile disease. I am always happy when I see Mnuchin’s hands on the table, eliminating one explanation for the smile.
    There is that reported sentence about Bolton – that there is no problem for which war was not his solution. I read about similar sentence about Pompeo – that he has an IR seeker for Donald’s ass.
    That written, good riddance indeed. Likely, if Bolton had his way, the US would likely be at war with North Korea and Iran.
    When I studied I was at the UNFCCC for a time during Bush Jr. presidency and talked about what Bolton did at the UN with my superior, a 20 year UN veteran.
    A ‘malicious saboteur arsonist’ is a polite summary of what he did there directly and indirectly, and with given his flirt with MEK and regime change in Iran he has likely not changed at all.
    As far as Pompeo’s “moderation” goes, don’t expect anything moderate. But general mailiciousness and opportunism aside, as an evangelical he’ll certainly get along perfectly with Pence.

  18. vig says:

    I love cryptic comments. But yes, wasn’t it curious to witness how exchangeable Nikki felt to Power accross the poliitcal divide/trench warfare … On the other hand this may need ladies,diplomacy?… considering Bolton didn’t make it in 2005. …
    Maybe I am confused since I never really understood National Interests. Would Trump be a helpful teacher on matters?

  19. Barbara Ann says:

    Yup, I’d go with that list of qualities (in that order) if I were doing the choosing.

  20. confusedponderer says:

    different clue,
    re “Let us hope Pence is not consulted on Bolton’s successor.”
    Understandable point of view but then, Trump still is Trump. He can just by himself and beyond advice easily find suboptimal solutions of his own.
    Today I read that Richard Grenell was mentioned as a potential sucessor.
    As far as that goes, go for it. Many people here will be happy when he “who always only sais what the Whitehouse sais” is finally gone.
    And with Trump’s biggest military budget in the world he can just continue the arms sale pitches that are and were such a substantial part of his job as a US ambassador in Germany.
    That said, they were that after blathering a lot about that we should increase our military budget by 2%, 4%, 6% or 10%, buy US arms, now, and of course the blathering about Northstream 1 & 2 and “slavedom to russian oil & gas” and rather buy US frack gas of course.
    He could then also take a side job for the fracking industry in that context. And buy frack gas and arms company stocks. Opportunities, opportunities …

  21. Morongobill says:

    I think the President should send for a wise and experienced person for counsel.
    I suggest Colonel Lang.

  22. Keith Harbaugh says:

    How about someone from the academic sector, like Stephen M. Walt? Or John Mearsheimer?

  23. JP Billen says:

    Poul, we tried that in 1775. And we left two thousand dead men there, another thousand dying of smallpox, and another thousand captured including the formidable Daniel Morgan. Two American generals died there and three more, Generals Arnold, Sullivan, and Wooster scurried south for home.
    Tried it again 37 years later. That did not work either. Don’t be giving Donnie any wild ideas.

  24. JP Billen says:

    After Bolton’s firing (or resignation?) was announced in Iran, President Rouhani said that in the future “America should understand that … it should distance itself from warmongers”.

  25. catherine says:

    ” And why did he fire McMaster anyway? ”
    He wasn’t Israeli enough for the ZOA…..
    Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton A. Klein; ZOA Director of Special Projects, Elizabeth Berney, Esq.; and ZOA Director of Center for Mideast Policy, Daniel Mandel, Ph.D. released the following report:
    The duties of the National Security Council (NSC) include “coordinat[ing] and direct[ing] the activities of the United States Government relating to combating transnational threats.” It is thus alarming that National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster purged from the NSC those officials who were carrying out President Trump’s policies of combating Iranian and radical Islamist transnational threats, and purged from the NSC those officials who support the U.S.-Israel alliance – an alliance that is vital to America’s ability to combat radical Islamist terrorism
    The ZOA thus urges President Trump to remove General McMaster from his current position and reassign him to another position where he can do no further harm on these critical national security issues. General McMaster should not maintain a position where he can continue to undermine President Trump’s policies on Iran, Israel and the fight against “radical Islamic terrorism” – a term that General McMaster believes should not even be used.
    McMaster Fired (the following) Officials Carrying Out President Trump’s Pro-Israel, Anti-Iran Policies That McMaster Opposes

  26. confusedponderer says:

    Walt and Mearsheimer are brilliant in their disturbingly rational view on US politics and the rest of the world but I don’t think they’d be the right folks for the Trumphouse.
    Their likely ansers to policy questions likely would be longer than 4 pages, thus reportely exceeding the main listeners attention span, and, worse, they could contain with nasty stuff like …
    “One could do that but it would be a bad idea since …”
    “That is not so simple. For one …”
    “It’s actually complicated because …”
    … and the like.
    They also have self respect and, worse, they propose things like rationality and self restraint instead of maximum pressure out of principle for lack of a better idea.

  27. PRC90 says:

    A great deal of irony present here, seemingly generated like sub-atomic particles from the dissipation of the element of unwitting or unintentioned parody inherent in Bolton-Tzu himself.
    I would like to see Mattis in the role, however I suggest he would want an executive appointment and this isn’t it.
    As an aside, although Bolton was a life long member of the warrior elite, he declined the opportunity to attend the events in Vietnam in the 60’s due to prior commitments in National Guard service at home. What was his rank and appointments in the NG ?

  28. turcopolier says:

    He was a very young enlisted man.

  29. PRC90 says:

    I wonder if he regrets his choice, despite his rationalising as described on his Wikipedia page.
    That, I suspect, is a secret we will never know.
    Another question is will Trump appoint a permanent Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, or leave Kupperman ‘acting’ in the role as in the case of many others ?

  30. JP Billen says:

    Thanks for the link.

  31. Barbara Ann says:

    There is little hope while the Zionist lobby remains this powerful. America will not be permitted to pursue her national interests until the Lobby is neutered. But ZOG is so comprehensive in the US today that I do not see a domestic remedy. If there is to be a solution I think, paradoxically, it will come from overseas. The catalyst will be the taming of Israel itself.
    It is evident that Russia and China will no longer tolerate the permanent cycle of Zionist-orchestrated regime destruction across the region. Russia now describes Iran as an “ally”. China recently announced a strategic partnership with Iran involving a staggering $280bln investment and “5,000 Chinese security personnel on the ground”. Iran, it is clear, is the line in the sand.
    What are the Zionists to do? Well, with the current trajectory as a guide there will be ever more shrill demands for war. War may come, but if it is avoided that very shrillness may finally wake the American public up to the force driving America’s wars of choice in the region; the unholy alliance between the Zionists and neocons. As you have noted yourself, the Squad are a sign that this awakening has begun. For all our sakes I hope more eyes are opened before we are all dragged into ‘the big one’.

  32. JP Billen says:

    Grenell, I thought he was a pouf? Meetings with both Pence and Grenell in attendance would be fun to watch.

  33. catherine says:

    No, you are not allowed to appoint any with American interest…it is Verboten !
    ZOA: ‘Mearsheimer and Walt Working Paper’ Attacking Israel Lobby Is Intellectually Dishonest And Anti-Semitic
    ZOA To President Obama: Don’t Appoint Anti-Israel, Pro-Arab Lobbyist Chas Freeman To Head National Intelligence Council
    Deeply Troubled That U.S. Senate Confirmed Iran/ Terror Group Apologist, Anti-Israel Hagel for Secy.
    ZOA: Don’t Appoint Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense – He’s Hostile to and Misunderstands Israel
    ZOA calls on Trump to fire Tillerson over ‘anti-Israel’ global …
    State Dept. Report Wrongly Blames Israel for Palestinian Arab Violence;

  34. My vote is for Elliott Abrams, he’s done yeoman’s work bringing peace to Venezuela.
    We would all do better with him out of the shadows.

  35. catherine says:

    I agree with you.
    Except for a few things.
    I have studied these Zionist in the US and Israel for 16 years, ever since I tripped over “Zionism in the ME” in the British National Achieves.
    Even the secular Jewish Zionist are as delusional as the religious settler zealots. Their slogan should be Never Learn instead of Never Again.
    I don’t think Israel can be tamed except thru sanctions and ending US aid and UN protection.
    The only way to defeat the Fifth Column/Israel is thru our politicians….who almost all corrupted on the issue.
    So we have to go after them.
    You are right that more people are waking up to the subversion…even the evangelicals. Check out TruNews, a Christian group with a 18m audience that goes after Israel and the Zionist as ‘a threat to Christian way of life’…they seem be quite successful with that approach.

  36. jd hawkins says:

    Or maybe president.

  37. rho says:

    I would like to see Trump appoint Tulsi Gabbard. She would do a much better job than Bolton and I want to watch the talking heads on CNN and at the DNC pop when they hear about it.

  38. ambrit says:

    I fear that Gabbard might not possess the requisite “Yes Minister” style ‘self-restraint’ when confronted with sub-optimal rational thinking skills.
    Do we have someone like the fictional Sir Humphrey Appleby at the appropriate level of the American bureaucracy?

  39. jonst says:

    Your suggestion highlights the problem here. What kind of self respecting person, assuming the Col wants to come out of quasi retirement, and my guess is he does not, is going to allow himself or herself to be yelled at, ridiculed, and undercut in the style Trump seems to deal with subordinates? Leaving aside policy agreements or disagreements. Strong people don’t want to be treated in such a manner. Particularly so, the later in life they are. SO, who does leave? Ass-kissers?

  40. Barbara Ann says:

    Thanks catherine, I will

  41. Barbara Ann says:

    A little O/T, but Al-Monitor has a good article on Bibi’s not-so-Super Tuesday: Bolton’s sacking, Pompeo’s announcement that Trump could meet Rouhani with “no preconditions” and the PR disaster of ‘Mr Security’ fleeing from an election rally stage as a siren announces incoming rockets from Gaza.
    The transitory & illusory value of Trump’s gifts to him may just now be starting to dawn on Bibi, who is pictured on giant billboards around Israel shaking hands with Trump. The article says this:

    The gamble on Trump has placed Netanyahu in an untenable bind. How can he say a bad word about the man he has extolled as “Israel’s greatest friend”?

    I have to wonder whether this was not Trump’s plan all along. Another sucker bites the dust? We’ll find out next Tuesday.

  42. Decameron says:

    In George MacDonald Fraser’s “Flashman in the Great Game,” the great, tragic 1842 retreat from Kabul by the British and East India Company forces is graphically, though humourously described. Flashman is the last English survivor of the over 20,000 people killed by Afghan tribesmen and enemy forces, and of course, emerges as the hero.
    A different literary treatment of this event is the chilling conclusion of Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece, The Young British Soldier:
    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    So-oldier of the Queen!
    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  43. anon says:

    Ka-kelly ayotte from nh-new hampshire

  44. Elouise says:

    Harold MacmMillan

  45. Anonymous says:

    Yes i stand corrected,it was harold.with 2 m’s not 3 -hmmmmm elouise?

  46. Anonymous says:

    Nope trump needs the deal with bibi to help win 2020,so it was barter.called real polibrick or something

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