Tagged: John Bolton

An Object Lesson on Tribalism

The democratic world has reached the “screaming in your sleep” point in the nightmare scenario George Washington warned of in his “Farewell Address,” namely the devolution of political debate into unthinking partisanship. For a perfectly clear object lesson on the danger Washington feared, we need look no further than the case of John Bolton’s relationship with Donald Trump’s Republican Party establishment. When Bolton...

John Bolton Personifies the “Broken Clock Rule”

A broken clock is right twice a day, goes the old saw. And so it is with John Bolton, the pencil-pushing lifetime bureaucrat who pretends to be a crusty old tough guy on television — which is why his schtick impressed his old boss Donald Trump, who is cut from a similar cloth. The difference is that Bolton, though merely a blowhard careerist...

“This town isn’t small enough for the both of us!”

Either uncooperative John Bolton has been fired by big tough man Donald Trump — or big tough Johnny Bolton has submitted his resignation to wimpy little Donald Trump. It all depends which of them tweeted last.  Well, I guess this is part of Trump’s recent “woman scorned” routine against Fox News, which is where he found Bolton during that beautiful, star-crossed summer of...

The “Told you so!” Watch: Trump goes neocon

Donald Trump, who was going to drain the GOP establishment swamp and restore American foreign policy to its proper national-interest-cum-myopia basis, has now surrounded himself almost entirely with GOP establishment hacks and Fox News expert analysts (i.e., media establishment hacks). One of the funnier instances of this was his appointment of American Enterprise Institute pencil-pusher John Bolton — who had spent the previous...

The Psychology of the Bootlicker, Part Two (Bolton for the win!)

I will not bother reiterating all the reasons I have previously offered in support of my minority opinion that John Bolton is none of the things his “conservative” admirers claim he is, and is in fact almost the exact opposite of all those things. Nor will I bother reminding you that I called him out as a cowardly sycophantic lifelong bureaucrat who would...

Weekend Reflections: Shutdown, Breakdown, Meltdown

It’s a wall! It’s a barrier! It’s — Super-Optics! Meanwhile, a small fraction of the United States Federal Government is officially “shut down” — which would be fantabulous, if it actually meant that the billions of tax dollars confiscated from the American people and their great-great-grandchildren to pay the salaries of huge numbers of non-essential and essentially ineffective government workers were being saved...

It’s Worm Time! (Told Ya So)

When Donald Trump plunked his net into the Fox News mire for the umpteenth time and hauled up John Bolton, so many self-proclaimed conservatives were over the moon with optimism. “Now,” they gushed, “the administration’s foreign policy will really get coherent and tough. Bolton is a straight-talking genius, a real man’s man.” I took flak from many such “conservatives” when I pointed out,...

Boys Will Be Boys in the White House

CNN is reporting breathlessly that an argument — yes, believe it or not, a real shouting match — broke out in the West Wing of the White House Thursday.  A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned into a shouting match Thursday, two sources...

Bolton Kneels Before The Emperor(s)

Even many conservative Trump skeptics continue to buy into the standard, long-running narrative that National Security Advisor John Bolton, who played cheerleader for Trump until he finally won that plum administration job he had clearly been angling for (just like seemingly every other Fox News commentator), is some kind of rough-and-tumble, straight-talking military throwback. In truth, moustachioed affectations aside, Bolton is just another...

David French on John Bolton

David French, who writes for National Review and was backed as a presidential candidate by Bill Kristol of the American Enterprise Institute, says John Bolton is not “extreme” because after all, he is affiliated with NR and AEI. Bolton is not — as some in the media would have you believe — a mere flame-throwing Fox News “talking head.” He’s a former U.S....