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John Bolton's plan to be Trump's "enforcer"

28 March 2018

When Chuck Todd asked him to name his top national security advisers, the first name that rolled off his tongue was John Bolton's.

McMaster was an awkward fit in the Trump White House. Last month, Trump took issue with McMaster's characterization of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the national security adviser told the Munich Security Summit that interference was beyond dispute.

Amid speculation about McMaster's fate CNN has reported that the three-star general has been in discussions with the Hoover Institution.

McMaster's departure may have been hastened by leaks emanating from the White House. All the while, however, conversations were taking place about his replacement. Multiple members of the Trump cabinet have departed due to their public disagreements embarrassing the president; Bolton could well meet the same fate. How hard will it be for Bolton to shape those impulses into something more in line with his own vision? McMaster is a thoughtful, deliberative scholar, who often counseled caution and restraint in the face of crises.

When George W. Bush became president, Bolton served as the State Department's point-man on arms control, where he battled other governments over nuclear weapons tests, land mines, biological weapons, ballistic missile limits and the International Criminal Court.

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"When the president makes a decision, obviously the principals on the National Security Council are supposed to carry it out", one source familiar with Bolton's thinking told me.

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Trump and Bolton also have volatile tempers and a tendency to want to fire those who challenge them.

In 2013 - long before he was a presidential candidate - Mr Trump tweeted that "all former Bush administration officials should have zero standing on Syria". He failed to muster a majority and thus had only a "recess appointment", which allowed him to serve only a limited amount of time (until the next session of Congress).

Commentators said last week when Bolton was named that it signaled a toughening of Washington's stance on Tehran and another nail in the coffin of the Obama-era agreement between Iran and world powers to limit Tehran's nuclear ambitions, already cast into doubt by Trump himself. They, too, tried to channel the president's go-it-alone impulses, but neither was skillful enough.

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"I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he's made", the 39th president said, calling Trump's move "very ill-advised".

Trump and McMaster both released written statements thanking each other, with the president describing McMaster as an architect of his "America First" foreign policy. He (or she) should run the interagency process without putting a thumb on the scale.

He continues to advocate attacking North Korea pre-emptively and scrapping the hard-won Iranian nuclear deal altogether. His style is likely to discourage dissenting views and restrict not just options but analysis as well. During the campaign, Trump opposed the Iraq War, sending the message that he won't get drawn into the misguidedly idealistic or stupidly conceived military adventurism so typical of our clueless, corrupt elites.

Along comes Bolton, who believes there is a yawning divide between "Americanists" and "globalists" (a term Bannon also used) who seek to tie the United States down, as the Lilliputians did to Gulliver. And like Trump, he has little respect for worldwide law either.

"During my career, I have written I don't know how many articles and op-eds and opinion pieces".

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John Bolton's plan to be Trump's