The Trump Campaign Fears John Bolton

June 25, 2020

Unreliable narrators are a staple of literature. Consider the delusional, self-serving narrator of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” or the way Humbert Humbert used his cultured references and gorgeous prose to dress up his crimes in Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.” Now along...

John Bolton’s Lesson in the American Value of Self-Interest

June 19, 2020

In a curious article for The New York Times, John Gans delves into an analysis of the perennially bizarre phenomenon known in Washington by the name of John Bolton. The article uses the case of Bolton, the former national security adviser, to examine what Gans calls “the anarchy” at the core...

The Limits of Western “Creativity” Facing China

May 20, 2020

The disastrous numbers produced by the coronavirus crisis in the US have generated a second pandemic, one that will predictably last for just the next six months: the virus of electoral rhetoric focused on blaming an overseas enemy. Whereas the Democrats, clinging to their Cold War nostalgia,...

Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War

September 20, 2019

John Bolton tried his best. The national security adviser entered the Trump administration as a predictable warmonger with an unslakable thirst for power. He streamlined the national security apparatus to maximize his access to the president. At least at first, he played the role of loyal...

Bye, Bye, John Bolton. The NY Times Already Misses You.

September 11, 2019

John Bolton, famous for wanting to invade, bomb or nuke every nation whose policies he didn’t approve of, and known for wishing to spare the United Nations only because its headquarters is located in Manhattan, has left the White House. He is no longer Donald Trump’s national security adviser....

The Art of Provocation: Preparing War with Iran

May 27, 2019

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are on the lookout for Iranian provocations and are skilled at finding them, even when they don’t exist. On May 21, Trump administration officials treated key members of Congress to closed-door briefings to persuade them to back what appears to be a build-up for a...

John Bolton Is the Most Dangerous of Political Operators

May 17, 2019

John Bolton has the passion of an ideologue and the patience of a realist. Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the...

With No War in Venezuela, John Bolton Focuses on Iran

May 07, 2019

History tells us that clarity exists in the will of those who want to go to war, but rarely in the facts cited as reasons for war. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. John Bolton, the US national security adviser, has moved his sights from last week’s Venezuela to this week’s Iran....

The Logic of Arms Control Has Changed

May 03, 2019

The United States built an arsenal of nuclear weapons to preserve and extend its global dominance. But now, in a perverse development, nukes threaten that dominance. My first trip to Washington, DC, to do something other than protest on the streets was to interview for a Herbert Scoville Jr....

What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the “Troika of Tyranny”?

April 26, 2019

If you’re in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you’d rather focus on countries, not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if...

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