Conservative Review, by Jordan Schachtel, December 2, 2016:
John Bolton has again emerged as a contender for secretary of state in the Trump administration. He is set to meet with President-elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower Friday afternoon, reports have confirmed.
The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. now joins former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn (F, 45%), retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, and former CIA Director David Petraeus as reported “finalists” for the available Cabinet position.
As a veteran of the Reagan and both Bush administrations, Bolton has served extensively in the State Department and Department of Justice. A mere mention of the man on Capitol Hill is sure to stoke strong opinions.
He will undoubtedly strike fear in the hearts of the Washington, D.C., foreign policy establishment, which has endorsed the same policy guidelines on many crucial issues for decades.
Establishmentarians fear Bolton won’t go along with their agenda. When he was ambassador to the United Nations, Bolton broke the status quo and demanded to see change on the institution’s much-maligned record and progress on human rights. He rebuked the authority of the U.N.’s so-called Human Rights Council, which is, in reality, an institution for the world’s dictators to shield themselves from repercussion.
“The United Nations was founded on the principle that nations must cooperate with each other to alleviate human suffering. In the coming years, it would be judged on whether it created a United Nations machinery that was strong and capable of doing that effectively. That no longer characterized the United Nations Commission on Human Rights,” Bolton said in 2006, explaining America’s decision not to seek a members’ seat in the council.
For Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (A, 92%), who promotes a much more anti-interventionist stance on foreign affairs, Bolton is too hawkish to be trusted. Paul has promised to vote against Bolton, should he be nominated by Mr. Trump. Sen. Paul prefers one of his colleagues, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (F, 45%), who helped President Obama clinch a nuclear deal with the radical regime in Iran.
Supporters of the former U.N. ambassador say that first and foremost, he’s a truth-teller. Recognized for decades as one of the nation’s top foreign policy minds, Ambassador Bolton comes with perhaps the most impressive resume of all the candidates for the position.
Having served three presidential administrations, John Bolton comes with a plethora of experience in the world of foreign affairs — a claim that cannot be made by Romney or Giuliani.
His unapologetic support for American exceptionalism is sure to provide a direct contrast to the current leadership at the State Department.
The former U.N. ambassador “does not engage in wishful thinking, or project American morals on those who don’t share them in the vain hope they might be contagious,” Thomas wrote, expressing that Bolton holds a realist worldview.
Critics often harangue him as a supposed “architect” of the second Iraq War. But Bolton was not involved in the planning of the war. He did support the war, as an administration official, but so did almost every other Republican. The Iraq War Resolution was supported by over 97 percent of congressional Republicans in 2002.
As former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz recently explained, Bolton was simply “not involved in any decision-making or planning for the Iraq War.”
Secretary of State Colin Powell and Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage refused to share information with Bolton in the run-up to the war, and effectively “froze” him out of the planning process, Fleitz claims.
John Bolton’s realist tendencies also emerge when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has taken a stance far varied from his eventual predecessors. Republican and Democrat administrations alike have, for decades, held onto the proposal for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Bolton, though, has advocated for an American foreign policy that supports Israel and its security, calling the two-state proposal a “non-starter” and a “delusion.” He argues it “would inevitably lead to a terror state on the other side of … Israel.”
The once-rumored GOP presidential candidate adamantly opposed the nuclear deal with Iran, recently arguing that the only suitable policy for the U.S. is to support regime change in Tehran. This position has led some of his critics, such as Sen. Paul, to make unsubstantiated claims that Bolton advocates direct military intervention to force regime change.
While Bolton has previously endorsed the military targeting of Iran’s nuclear installations, he has also advised that regime change does not need to come as a result of direct conflict.
We live in a world where a newly emboldened Iran is racing toward nuclear weapon capabilities, ISIS and the global jihad proliferates worldwide, and the great-power nations of Russia and China continue their aggressive power projection and anti-American posture.
With his experience, supporters say John Bolton would be uniquely ready on Day 1 to battle on all fronts.
Frank Gaffney believes John Bolton is the best choice for SOS:
Donald Trump has begun fleshing out his Cabinet and has made a series of tough choices that will not only help determine his success, but the future of the country. So far, so good.
One candidate for Secretary of State stands out as singularly capable of helping President Trump make America great again: former UN Ambassador John Bolton.
He is an experienced and principled public servant and diplomat – a brilliant advocate for freedom, with a proven record of putting America first as it leads the world.
John Bolton also knows how to compel the State Department bureaucracy to carry out presidential direction. Absent that, its denizens will sabotage Mr. Trump at every turn. [emphasis added]
Consequently, they and their allies will make a Bolton confirmation process difficult. But it is far better to fight them now, than under some less-capable Secretary throughout a Trump presidency.
This video is from the American Freedom Alliance conference “Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Coexist?” held August 21st in Los Angeles, California. AmericanFreedomAlliance.org