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Trump Names Pro-Israel Iran Hawk John Bolton As National Security Adviser

Forward – by Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Trump named as his national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk who has said military strikes may be inevitable as a means of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

The White House announced Thursday evening that H.R. McMaster was leaving the position and that Bolton would take his place by April 9. 

Naming Bolton suggests Trump is ready to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by May 12, the deadline for Trump to waive sanctions. The deal trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program. Bolton is a staunch opponent of the deal, as is Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief Trump nominated last week to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

Bolton has multiple times striking Iran to stop it from going nuclear may be inevitable. “I don’t make any disguise of the idea that ultimately it may take an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear program to stop it,” he told the conservative Washington Free Beacon last August.

Tillerson and McMaster both don’t like the deal but counseled not pulling out of it now that it is in place, because Iran is complying with its narrow strictures, and pulling out would remove whatever leverage the United States has with U.S. allies to pressure Iran outside the deal’s confines. That leaves James Mattis, the defense secretary, as the only Cabinet level official who opposes leaving the deal.

Bolton has close relations with the pro-Israel community stemming from his success in 1991 in getting the United Nations to rescind its Zionism is racism resolution. George W. Bush, nominated Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and named him acting ambassador. Bolton never cleared the Senate nominating process, in part because of his hawkishness on Middle Eastern issues, but also because subordinates at the State Department emerged to describe him as an abusive boss.

McMaster got along well with his Israeli counterparts but angered some on the right wing of the pro-Israel community because of reports that he blocked Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump ultimately recognized Jerusalem last December.

Read more: https://forward.com/fast-forward/397299/trump-names-pro-israel-iran-hawk-john-bolton-as-national-security-adviser/

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10 Responses to Trump Names Pro-Israel Iran Hawk John Bolton As National Security Adviser

  1. Maxwell says:

    Good heavens, I sure hope Mr. Trump is playing a deep game and has a plan to eradicate this guy.

  2. Jim says:

    This is so funny I was laughing out loud and could not stop. Not only does the Trump administration blow through over a TRILLION dollars in SIX months, now they hires John Bolton as National Security Adviser. I dare any Trump supporter to defend this. Where’s that wall? Is Clinton in jail? What other corn ball slogans has he not fulfilled? LOL Keep voting – it seems to be working.

  3. mary in ND says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qFa9_JjlYc
    JOHN BOLTON at the 1:14:05 mark

  4. Bill in IL says:

    John Bolton another worn out, retread neocon from the Chimp’s days of screwing us over.

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    And on the lighter side…

    https://youtu.be/LkLK3Gnv8Co

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