I’ve been writing and leaving posts for the last few weeks as Donald Trump turned on every political principle he claimed to have and stabbed his supporters in the back over and over again. Mindless steel tariffs that will decimate American industries. Idiotic tariffs on China that will certainly result in retaliation against America’s farmers. A budget busting omnibus bill that sends us on a debt path that makes Obama look like a skinflint. An exploding adultery and bribery scandal that makes Clinton look like a monk.
But it’s come to a head today. Trump has announced that John Bolton will be taking over the National Security Advisor role. Bolton is, to put it mildly, a nutcase, a man whose management style is defined by bullying everyone beneath him and sucking up to everyone above him. He is the ultimate Washington insider, having parlayed a career in being spectacularly hilariously wrong about everything into book deals, commentary gigs and more power. And he’s a warmonger. If Bolton had his way, we would currently not only be at war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan but also be in Libya, North Korea, Iran and Cuba. Yes, Cuba. Bolton tried to make the case that Cuba had WMDs to justify a war then screamed at his staff when they pointed out that there was zero evidence to support this contention. In fact, the reason he’s being appointed HSA rather than nominated for a cabinet post is because there is no way the Senate would confirm him. They rejected his previous nomination on account of his being batshit insane.
Bolton’s now advocating pulling out of the Iran agreement, an action that would result in Iran resuming their nuclear program, and a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, which would precipitate a conflict that could get hundreds of thousands of people killed. He also wants to wage cyberwar on Russia because the thing we really need now is even more tension with a nuclear power. In all three cases he displays the wooly-minded, brain-dead, dick-first thinking that went into the War in Iraq: the idea that United States can just do things at will and no consequences will result.
In Trump’s campaign, he claimed that the Iraq War was one of our biggest mistakes. He has now put one of the principle architects of that war in one of the most prominent positions of power. I have a longish post on Trump’s economic policies in preparation. But there’s not much more to say about his foreign policy: it is pure neocon.