Friday, March 23, 2018
Bolton is one of the people who brought us the war in Iraq, and has called for "preemptive" wars against North Korea and Iran. Understandably, a lot of people are terrified by the prospect of a rabidly belligerent warmonger becoming National Security Advisor to a loose-cannon President.
Having Mike Pompeo at State only makes matters worse, but there still is cause for hope. First, both Mattis and Dunford are likely to find Bolton intolerable; more important, though, is the fact that Bolton is a grandstander. He is sufficiently full of himself to extemporize to the press, and just outrageous enough to distract attention from Our President. Unless he suddenly can tap a previously undiscovered reservoir of self-effacement, he will grab the spotlight from the Narcissist in Chief once too often. His reputed talent for flattery can save him for a while, but Tr*mp's propensity to nurture resentments should lessen Bolton's influence and eventually seal his fate.
Hopefully, that will happen before it's too late.