Trump Replaces Bolton With Fringe Neocon

A Bolton sidekick is the acting National Security Advisor

It was too good to be true. For a moment, I actually thought Trump had come to his senses and decided to scour the neocons from his administration.

I was overly optimistic. I should have known better.

Back in 2016, I wrote a small ebook about the neocons giving Trump advice during his presidential campaign. I focused on the influence of Frank Gaffney, founder of the Islamophobic Center for Security Policy (CSP).

Trump’s interim national security adviser, Charles Kupperman, was John Bolton’s sidekick. He is associated with CSP and its pro-Israel, anti-Iran, Islamophobic agenda. 

Kupperman is neck-deep in the military-industrial complex. He held senior positions at Lockheed Martin and Boeing. I’m sure Trump approves, having acted as a salesman for the death merchants. He used the ineffectual and illegal missile strike on Syria as a PR event. 

For now, Kupperman is interim national security adviser. Trump is looking at equally unqualified warmongers to eventually fill the slot. For instance, Brian Hook, Trump’s Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

Hook co-founded the John Hay Initiative—named after President Theodore Roosevelt’s chief diplomat—a concerted effort to brainwash politicians and their staffs in the neocon way of doing things. Advisers include the high-level neocon Robert Kagan, former Dick Cheney adviser Eric Edelman, “the most influential neocon in academe,” Eliot Cohen, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, former NSA director Michael Hayden, and a host of others.

The list of insiders and neocons considered to replace Bolton is lengthy. The list of potentials includes Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and the president and CEO of CSP. He served as chief of staff to Undersecretaries of State for Arms Control John Bolton during the Bush regime. 

Trump is clueless. At first glance, it appeared the president may have tried to dampen the influence of the neocons on his disastrous foreign policy, but this assessment is far too optimistic. He fired Bolton—who said he resigned—because the mustachioed neocon disagreed and argued with Trump over hosting the Taliban at Camp David. Bolton and the neocons are not interested in peace, they’re masters of forever war. 

It was personal for Trump, as always. 

The neocons will continue to leverage their influence within the administration and Trump will continue to fire those who argue too vociferously. 

Source: Another Day in the Empire

  1. Inferior says

    If anyone believed that Trump has any idea what foreign policy is should amputate his/her brain for greater good.

    There are no intelligent politicians in USA. And i dare say, there are very few intelligent people left in the USA to see through all this.

  2. CHUCKMAN says

    Far too many have taken encouragement from the departure of Bolton.

    The problem has always been Trump, not Bolton.

    Trump doesn’t even listen to other people, Bolton or anyone else. He has one of the world’s most severe cases of attention deficit disorder, apart from a number of other mental and emotional impairments.

    Bolton left, I think, far less over policy differences than some form of Trumpian lèse-majesté.

    Bolton either tried to talk too much or he was not quite attentive enough at some point as the Chosen One rambled on about something.

    It is Trump himself who has established an inappropriately close relationship with lobbyists and apologists for Israel as well as the thoroughly disreputable Prime minister of that country. Trump’s entire anti-diplomatic and hostile behavior towards Iran derives from that fact.

    With Bolton’s departure, Netanyahu already has issued Trump some polite public marching orders about not letting down his guard towards Iran.

    (It’s amazing how little our press and politicians react to a foreign head of government publicly telling a President what to do while they keep jumping up and down, beating their chests, about someone in Russia having run a few crummy, ineffective ads on Facebook in 2016.)

    The Iranians have long made it clear that there can only be talks between equals. They won’t talk at all while being terrorized.

    Trump may contemplate – a strange word to use for him – some easing of sanctions for talks, but the important word there is “some.”

    I believe that will get him precisely nowhere.

    “Some” is too much for Netanyahu and too little for Rouhani, who, I’m sure sees partial terror still as terror.

    And Trump has damaged trust and faith in the United States by ripping up a working treaty, one that included many other parties as signatories.

    Why would anyone proceed to talk about yet another treaty, and one with all kinds of new demands?

    1. DarkEyes says

      Mr Trump is doing nothing. Mr Trump can do nothing. Mr Trump has his contracts with people like Mr Adelson e.a. Mr. Trump is guided and controlled by Kaiser BiBi. As proof of his loyalty to BiBi’s Reich, Mr Trump presented the crypto-joos Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights.
      So as it seems Mr Trump paid his debts to the Kaiser with other peoples properties and assets.

  3. John C Carleton says

    Trump calls Nitwityahoo.

    Master, because of public opinion, I had to sack Bolton, I hope you will not paddle me master!!!!

    I will just send you another zionist Non Semitic Khazaraian Russian Expat & spawn thereof pretending to be both Hebrew, and American.

    1. Inferior says

      Couldn’t agree more. But what are the options at the disposal of Americans to take back their country from the control of all #+#+#ß?

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