I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
I’ve taken so much shit for panning the “God Emperor.”
Since even before the Trump Inauguration, I couldn’t square Donald Trump picking Gary Cohn as his top economic adviser with his populist rhetoric as the champion of “the forgotten man.” For over a year now, I have been dismissed as a “black-piller” even though I was proven right about Gary Cohn and so much else. This isn’t a populist nationalist administration by any stretch of the imagination.
President Trump announced this afternoon that the warmongering neocon maniac John Bolton is replacing HR McMaster as his National Security Adviser:
“WASHINGTON — President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history.
Mr. Bolton will replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer who was tapped last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation but who never developed a comfortable relationship with the president.
The move, which was sudden but not unexpected, signals a more confrontational approach in American foreign policy at a time when Mr. Trump faces mounting challenges, including from Iran and North Korea. …”
I’m not going to bother to revisit John Bolton’s litany of crazy outbursts. I will just point to one which is sufficient to show he doesn’t belong anywhere near the White House:
“The issue is whether we are in a war situation, whether we are operating under the war powers of the Constitution or whether we are in a law enforcement situation,” Bolton responded. “The two have radically different approaches. We killed tens of thousands of American citizens, maybe hundreds of thousands with no due process in the Civil War, and it was the right thing to do.”
As the room erupted into some booing at the notion of suspending due process for any reason, Bolton snapped back, “You want to discredit a movement, defend the Confederacy. Go ahead.”
Did you hear that? That’s the sound of American Nationalists crashing through their own cuckbox. They haven’t reformed the GOP. Instead, they were cucked by the GOP.
In less than two weeks, Donald Trump has put the neocon Mike Pompeo in charge of the State Department, appointed the poster boy of recklesss neocon foreign policy as his National Security Adviser (he didn’t have a chance of being confirmed by the Senate in any other position) and has appointed Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser who is the embodiment of Wall Street neoliberal economics. The only throwback missing from this Team of Rivals is Eliot Cohen.
I just can’t stop laughing … we have got f**king John Bolton in charge of national security and Larry Kudlow in charge of the economy now. We’ve elected the equivalent of Herman Cain as president. No wonder Rex Tillerson thought Trump was a moron.
Note: Mitt Romney should be joining the team in the fall.