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Trump’s Worrisome Neo-Con «Brain Trust»

Trump’s Worrisome Neo-Con «Brain Trust»

Trump’s Worrisome Neo-Con «Brain Trust»
November 17
16:35 2016

Trump’s Worrisome Neo-Con «Brain Trust»

Wayne MADSEN | 15.11.2016 | WORLD

As the impact of Donald Trump’s presidential victory is settling in among the professional political and punditry ranks in Washington, several neo-conservatives from the George W. Bush administration, many of whom opposed Trump’s candidacy from the outset, are making their play for top jobs in Trump’s transition team and administration. The most worrisome of these opportunists is Bush’s Senate-rejected ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Bolton is among the most radical of neo-cons who helped craft Bush’s disastrous foreign policy. Bolton, who claims to be tough on terrorism, especially Iranian «terrorism», once advocated blowing up the top 10 floors of the UN Secretariat building in New York. Bush gave Bolton a temporary recess appointment to lead the U.S. delegation to the UN precisely because Bolton had long-advocated doing away with the UN. Bolton’s problems with the UN stemmed from the neo-con meme that the UN was «biased» because it often opposed Israeli aggression and expansionism in the Middle East. No sooner had Trump began the process of selecting senior members of his administration, Bolton’s name was floated as a possible Secretary of State or National Security Adviser.

Bolton and Trump share some foreign policy views, including moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and tearing up the Iran-P5+1 nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Where they differ is on U.S. policy toward Syria, Russia, and Ukraine. Trump is publicly in favor of restoring closer U.S. relations with Russia, allying with Russia and the Syrian government in battling the Islamic State and other jihadist forces, as well as recognizing the retrocession of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

In 2002, Bolton identified Syria as a «rogue state», that in addition to Iraq, could «expect to become our targets.» Bolton also backs the jihadist uprising against Assad. In October 2015, Bolton argued with Israeli Brigadier General Israel Shafir at a conference at Beth Jacob synagogue in Beverly Hills, California over Assad’s continuation in power in Syria. Shafir said he was concerned that Assad’s ouster would bring to power in Damascus forces that would imperil Israel’s security. Bolton, who fancies himself an expert on everything but who is only a slightly-functional moron on most things, advanced the Israeli Likud Party and U.S. neo-con belief that a jihadist Sunni government in Syria was preferable to Assad.

In a July 2016 interview on the radio show of Stephen K. Bannon, the editor of Breitbart News, Bolton had sharp words for Trump over the then-Republican presidential nominee’s statement to The New York Times that, as president, he would only assist NATO nations in the event of a Russian attack. The assistance said Trump would only come after reviewing whether those NATO nations had fulfilled their NATO financial obligations to the United States. Bolton demanded that Trump retract his statement immediately and alter his position on Russia to one of Ronald Reagan’s «peace through strength.»

Parroting other neo-con talking points, Bolton accused Trump of «encouraging Russian aggression.» Bolton defended huge U.S. military spending on NATO because «fewer Americans will die, if we deter Russia or other aggressors from invading.» Bolton also declared that Russia was «a dagger at the heart of the most successful military/political alliance in human history.»

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