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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Liberals go loony over John Bolton

Ambassador John Bolton has a certain panache, a confidence that comes with being a conservative and having a Captain Kangaroo moustache.

Bolton will replace General H.R. McMaster as national security advisor.

But it really does not matter. President Trump is a one-man show.

However, Trump did this as a prelude to disappointing everyone by signing the budget. This is aimed at appeasing some supporters.

Besides, liberals are all shook up. That makes the appointment fun.

"As if the Trump presidency hasn't created enough causes for concern, here's the latest: A president who famously threatened to rain fire and fury down on North Korea has hired one of the nation's most hawkish foreign policy experts as national security adviser," USA Today warned everyone in an editorial about as calm as Mark Twain's long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory.

"Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton might very well reinforce Trump's most hard-edged impulses, among them trashing the Iran nuclear deal, in which Tehran agreed to dismantle its nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

"Add to this equation the voice of Mike Pompeo, the hard-line CIA director recently nominated to replace the fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the three-year-old Iran deal's days appear to be numbered."

Think about that for a moment. USA Today is more comfortable with Kim Jong Un and the ayatollahs of Iran having nukes then it is with the president of the United States having nukes.

And he's the crazy one?

I don't think so.

Very quickly, the editorial was hysterical hyperventilating about a hypothetical. ("Estimates of the dead in South Korea should such a first strike spiral out of control have ranged as high as 300,000 in the first few days.")

CNN went completely loony, "What stands between John Bolton and blowing up the world?"


The network needs an exorcism.

So Bolton will be another lightning rod for the left's fantasies.

Appointing Bolton as his advisor comes only after McMaster or his staff leaked that he told Trump not to congratulate Putin. Loose lip sink ships. In the Gulf of Trump, the ship it sinks is your own.

Bolton needs to remember, conservatives have no friends in the press; why leak?

I think he knows that. He's more than a moustache.

The other theory is that with the talks in North Korea being arranged and peace in the Middle East wrapping up, McMaster's job is done and he will retire. I prefer that line of reasoning.

At any rate, McMaster served the president well. Bolton should bear that in mind. He serves the president.


  1. Modern political journalism: Transcribing "leaks" from government sources into "news stories."

    "Should I put out a press release?"
    'No, just leak it."

  2. Still curious... since the Korean Conflict was (officially) the United Nations versus the Norks, why aren't they involved in any negotiations. But then, of course, having the UN involved would really screw things up.

  3. We do live in interesting times. For all the bluster, for all the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, I still believe that President Trump will be our best President within living memory. And he is nothing if not entertaining. - Elric

  4. Great blog, much appreciated Big Don! Have you a source for "McMaster or his staff leaked ..."? (Actually, Trump maybe leaked that!) I am all woke to Barium Meals etc, yet this: Thomas Wictor's tweet: "...McMaster is an active-duty general ... his job (at NSA) is DONE ... alleged Trump supporters talking (stupidly) about McMaster ... saved your bacon anyway ..." dot html

  5. Bolton has been a media punching bag for a while now. He knows what he is walking into.

  6. The headline could stop at the first three words and still be accurate.

    -Mikey NTH

  7. Another guy in the administration who puts America first - no wonder the left hates him. He's always been one of my favorites.

  8. "The Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories; if you lost 10 stories today, it wouldn't make a bit of difference...There's no such thing as the United Nations."

    Bolton hates leakers. He was aghast at the criminal unmaskings by the previous communists. He knows who is the president and who is not. He's on the page with the president on Korea and Iran. And he's already draining the swamp of Obama moles.

    He'll do fine.

  9. btw: "What stands between John Bolton and blowing up the world?"

    How come CNN never asks this about crazy dictators? It's always #BlameAmericaFirst with them, isn't it?

  10. I think Bolton knows who is President. Bolton, quoting legendary Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s response to the question of why he and President Truman had such a good relationship, Acheson replied that the answer was easy: “Neither the president or I ever forgot who is president.”

  11. About damn time Ambassador Bolton became part of the Administration. I'd have named him SecState.