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The Trump Campaign Fears John Bolton

The Trump Campaign Fears John Bolton

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

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

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

The Limits of Western “Creativity” Facing China

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

Bolton Is Gone, But Not the Threat of War

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.

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

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

The Art of Provocation: Preparing War with Iran

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

John Bolton Is the Most Dangerous of Political Operators

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

With No War in Venezuela, John Bolton Focuses on Iran

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

The Logic of Arms Control Has Changed

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”?

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

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...

John Bolton Declares War on International Law

John Bolton Declares War on International Law

Thanks to John Bolton, we seem to have entered a new universe of primordial punishment, directed at anyone unwilling to conform to US dictates or bow down before its global authority. Hired in March as national security adviser to give new impetus to Donald Trump’s foreign policy, John Bolton...

The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

The anonymous op-ed is a call not for a coup within the administration, but rather for a schism within the Republican Party. The recent anonymous op-ed in The New York Times about the resistance to Trump within his own administration was supposed to reassure the American people. Don’t...

John Bolton’s Arab Army

John Bolton’s Arab Army

Make no mistake about it, John Bolton wants regime change in Iran. Donald Trump’s foreign policy approach to the Middle East, such as it is, is a wild zigzag of a ride that is now being driven largely by his national security adviser, John Bolton. Bolton’s grand idée fixe is to effect...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Relationship” with Trump

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Relationship” with Trump

Has Trump finally gone back to school? Is learning an item on his agenda? Has Donald Trump suddenly begun to learn and adapt rather than posture and repeat? Concerning the imminent talks with North Korea, we discover, perhaps for the first time, that he is willing to change, though he of course...

US-North Korea Game: The Long Con

US-North Korea Game: The Long Con

There’s a good chance that the two cons will cancel each other out because neither side will have to give up anything, at least not completely or immediately. Conmen always keep up a patter. While they’re extracting the wallet from your pocket, they maintain a nonstop monologue so that you...

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