The Jury Talks Back

9/20/2019

John Bolton Unleashed

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 9:29 am

[guest post by Dana]

Clearly, he’s got nothing to lose:

John Bolton…harshly criticized Trump’s foreign policy on Wednesday at a private lunch, saying that inviting the Taliban to Camp David sent a “terrible signal” and that it was “disrespectful” to the victims of 9/11 because the Taliban had harbored al Qaeda.

Bolton also said that any negotiations with North Korea and Iran were “doomed to failure,” according to two attendees.

All the North Koreans and Iranians want to do is negotiate for relief from sanctions to support their economies, said Bolton, who was speaking before guests invited by the Gatestone Institute, a conservative think tank.

“He ripped Trump, without using his name, several times,” said one attendee. Bolton didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bolton also said more than once that Trump’s failure to respond to the Iranian attack on an American drone earlier this summer set the stage for the Islamic Republic’s aggression in recent months.

At one point, Bolton, a previous chairman of Gatestone, suggested that had the U.S. retaliated for the drone shootdown, Iran might not have damaged the Saudi oil fields.

Coincidentally, Bolton’s comments came on the same day that Trump announced Bolton’s replacement would be Robert C. O’Brien, with whom he had “good chemistry”.

Trump pushed back on Bolton’s comments concerning a “high authority, at the very last minute” choosing not to go through with planned retaliatory strikes against the Iranians because Tucker Carlson, among others, warned that it was not a good idea:

“Well, I was critical of John Bolton for getting us involved with a lot of other people in the Middle East,” he told reporters during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego. “We’ve spent $7.5 trillion in the Middle East and you ought to ask a lot of people about that.“

“John was not able to work with anybody, and a lot of people disagreed with his ideas,” Trump added. “A lot of people were very critical that I brought him on in the first place because of the fact that he was so in favor of going into the Middle East, and he got stuck in quicksand and we became policemen for the Middle East. It’s ridiculous.“

–Dana

1 Comment »

  1. I’ve been a Bolton fan for a very long time. I wholeheartedly agree with him regarding inviting the Taliban to Camp David, and also on the utter futility of negotiating with Iran.

    However, on North Korea, I thought Trump’s attempt was worth making, on the basis that it might work. Might. It didn’t, so now I agree that Trump’s continued make-nice looks pathetic. I hope I’m wrong, because the only real alternative to Trump’s approach is war.

    As for Bolton, the one thing he’s done that outraged me was when he cited the “Libya model” as what they had in mind for N. Korea. Unless he was told do do that, that was inexcusable; reminding the N. Korean dictator that Libya did indeed agree to disarm, and did so – which didn’t end well for Kadaffi.

    As for the retaliatory strike on Iran over the drone shoot-down, I condemn both sides. It’s true that doing nothing merely emboldened Iran. It’s also true that the strike package being pushed was preposterous; take out some air defense sites, then do nothing. Better, IMHO, if you’re going to go, go in a way that gains something; hit a couple of nuclear sites instead.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 9/20/2019 @ 5:42 pm

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