John Bolton is set to become President Trump’s new national security adviser on April 9, and according to a White House official who talked to Foreign Policy last week, his first order of business will be to kick all Obama administration holdovers out of the West Wing.
“Bolton can and will clean house,” the official said.
Bolton said in interviews last week that one of his primary responsibilities early on would be to shore up the leaks that were hurting our national security plans. “It’s not for them to put in jeopardy the other 300 million American citizens just because they think their morality is better than everybody else’s,” he told Fox Business Channel.
If Obama administration holdovers and the hysterical ninnies in the mainstream media are upset about the appointment of Bolton, they are joined by our “friends” in the Middle East. Iranian official Ali Shamkhani said Sunday that Bolton’s appointment was a harbinger of poorer relations between Iran and the U.S.
“For an apparent superpower,” he said, “it is a matter of shame that its national security adviser receives wages from a terrorist group.”
Of course, Shamkani was talking about Bolton’s attendance at a Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) gathering last year. MEK is a fierce opponent of the current Iranian regime, but they have not been considered a terrorist group by the United States since 2012, so Shamkhani’s accusation (echoed by many on the left) is without merit. What Iran is really afraid of is that Bolton – unlike H.R. McMaster – will embolden President Trump to finally rip the nuclear agreement to shreds and implement the toughest sanctions yet on the Islamic Republic.
If the reaction from Iran has been predictable, the reaction from the American left to Bolton’s appointment has been absolutely hilarious. One would think, after warning the public that Trump was the second coming of Adolf Hitler, that the mainstream media would have learned to keep their hysterical exaggerations to a dull roar. But they didn’t learn that lesson. Thus, we have newspapers like the New York Times warning us that Bolton is a dangerous extremist who will have us embroiled in two nuclear wars by the end of the year.
Bolton is outspoken, yes. He is on the hawkish side of the Republican Party, no doubt. But he is not an extremist by any stretch of the imagination. His views on Iran and North Korea (and on American military interventionism in general) are sound, sober, and utterly reasonable. Are they completely in line with the Trump Doctrine? We’re not sure about that, but they are certainly not out of the conservative mainstream. And as the president prepares to sail uncharted waters with Iran and North Korea, Bolton’s is a voice that should serve America well.