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OpinionTrump fired Bolton before he started a war, and we should be grateful

19:31  11 september  2019
19:31  11 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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At least Bolton didn't start a war before Trump fired him . For that we should be grateful . Bolton didn't get that his job was to enable Trump , not advise Bolton , of course, never publicly contradicted Trump , but he was clearly less than happy in a White House whose foreign policy was , on so many

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In the end, it might be the great irony of John Bolton’s short career as national security adviser that he got fired for doing the right thing.

The timing suggests that President Donald Trump was looking to scapegoat one of the White House figures who opposed the unbelievably tasteless and strategically absurd idea of inviting the Taliban to Camp David on the anniversary week of the 9/11 attacks. When the whole dumb scheme blew up in Trump’s face, someone had to go.

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He says Bolton was close to starting a war with Iran and is the reason for the current hostility between the US , Russia, and China and also says the only hope for a peaceful US foreign policy is Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard. Next, we speak to Sir David King about the climate emergency and how

Bolton has advised Trump at every turn to take the most counterproductive actions. The upshot has been more risk, higher combat losses & endless war. Worst of all, the chances for a war with Iran — which would be a far worse mistake than Iraq — are significantly higher today than when Trump took

Bolton was a natural target. He has none of the unctuous charm of other White House sycophants. He has, remarkably, tried to hold to his own views on any number of national security issues, even if he had to grit his teeth and smile while his boss made excuses for North Korean weapons tests and Russian election interference. Still, he looked to be a winner after Trump jettisoned the Iran nuclear deal and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, things Trump had promised to do anyway.

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The dreaded Tweet of Death

But Bolton underestimated the president’s reticence to get embroiled in anything like a real confrontation with the Iranians, and he could never navigate around Trump’s obvious and abject fear of the Russians. It’s one thing to trash an arms control treaty that clears the way for more spending on nuclear weapons, it’s another entirely to actually call Vladimir Putin to account for his adventures against our friends and allies.

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US President Donald Trump does not appear to be in control of his own administration’s Iran policy and he should fire national security adviser John Bolton , special Asked why she didn't trust Trump 's claims that he does not want regime change in Iran, Tocci said Bolton clearly has a different position

When John Bolton becomes Donald Trump ’s national security advisor later this month, he ’ll assume more influence over U . S foreign policy than he ’s ever had before . He called the analyst into his office, and threatened to have him fired . Ford fought back.

Bolton, of course, never publicly contradicted Trump, but he was clearly less than happy in a White House whose foreign policy was, on so many issues, inimical to his own instincts. And around Trump, merely hinting at principled opposition is a grave enough crime to merit the dreaded Tweet of Death. In this White House, one must never be the first comrade to stop clapping.

In a sense, Bolton never had a chance. As I predicted when Bolton was appointed in March 2018, the Trump White House is too chaotic and politically toxic for any one personality to survive or become too influential. In Bolton’s case, we might be grateful. He is a fountain of bad ideas in foreign policy who was kept out of senior Republican positions for years — by other Republicans.

A font of bad foreign policy ideas

It is impressive, in some respect, that Bolton lasted this long. Abrasive and opinionated, he was never Trump’s top choice for the job. The president has had two military officers in the position, both of whom were almost certainly more deferential as a matter of habit. (As we know, the president loves the word “sir.”)

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Bolton is known in Washington as someone with formidable bureaucratic skills, and while those abilities might have served him well in a more normal administration, they were probably useless in the Trumpian snake pit.The secretaries of State and Defense can exercise their power and judgment at a remove from the White House and have the power of Senate confirmation behind them, but the national security adviser works in the White House, and the job is whatever the president wants it to be. After enough friction with Bolton, this president wanted it to be vacant.

The next national security adviser is likely to fare poorly as well. It should be clear at this point that there is no such thing as “policy” in this White House, and senior staff only survive so long as they do not cross the president, inflame his insecurities or talk about his children. Survival means soothing and praising the boss and trying to stay out of the blast radius when things go wrong.

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But he finds himself back where he was in June, wrestling with the consequences of using force and the consequences of avoiding it, except now Iran is And beyond his own electoral prospects, Mr. Trump bristled at the idea of a wider war. “People underestimate how much emotionally he does not like the

For a start , he abhorred multilateralism. "There is no United Nations. After the U . S . invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, Hussein spent nine months on the run before he was Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran's opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran," he wrote. When Bolton joined the Trump administration as national security adviser in 2018, replacing

Be glad Bolton wasn't worse

It is likely that Bolton’s replacement will be a temporary hire — perhaps Office of Management and Budget Director/Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney can add one more nameplate to his desk — or even a dual-hatting of someone like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, much the way Richard Nixon did with Henry Kissinger. Of course, that will just move the crosshairs onto Pompeo’s back, but in this White House, the staff live one day at a time in an environment where “serving at the pleasure of the president” is taken literally.

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The next national security adviser will understand that he can enjoy his office as long as he enables, rather than advises, Trump on matters of national security. This could lead to a nightmare in itself, and it is sobering to think that we might one day wish for someone with Bolton’s force of personality in the West Wing.

Bolton’s critics feared he would hijack the Oval Office and lead the United States into another war in the Middle East. Trump has no appetite for such a conflict — at least for now — but Bolton certainly did enough damage in the meantime. We should not lament his departure, but we can be glad that his tenure wasn’t worse.

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This is a small relief, at least until we meet Bolton’s successor.

Tom Nichols is a national security professor at the Naval War College, a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors and author of "The Death of Expertise." The views expressed here are solely his own. Follow him on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom

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