John Bolton: Fake Macho Stupidity

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rush to judgement that Iran was behind the attacks on 2 tanker ships last week has not galvanized world opinion against Iran, as the neocons hoped. Has the neocon practice of massively exaggerating and endlessly issuing threats finally destroyed US credibility on the world stage? I should think so.

Bolton is widely known to have no small talk, private interests, charm or social skills whatsoever. Far from confirming his “genius”, as his many worshipful courtiers claim, this only confirms his haplessness.

Venezuela Exposes the Myth of John Bolton’s ‘Genius’

April 30 was the real April Fools’ Day in Venezuela: They proclaimed a coup and nobody came.

The fiasco of the latest obviously unsuccessful US attempt to topple twice democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro made a laughing stock of the US government throughout the world and is now exposing new splits in the Trump administration in Washington.

It is also exposing a dangerous but also ridiculous myth that Washington has credulously swallowed for generations – the idea that National Security Adviser John Bolton is actually competent.

No one among the carefully trained castrated geldings of the US mainstream news media and their pseudo-liberal and libertarian outliers has ever dared to ask how able Bolton actually is.

He is held in awe and even fear for his supposed brilliant intellect and for his undoubted energy and relentless determination to push the policies he supports with tunnel vision and fanatical relentlessness as hard as he can.

Yet given such undeniable “qualities” what is truly astonishing is how useless Bolton has been in pursuing his own primary foreign policy goals for more than 40 years.

Venezuelan Defense Minister dismissed American National Security Adviser John Bolton as a “clown”

He failed to prevent the first president to take him seriously, Ronald Reagan to conduct sweeping nuclear arms reductions with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and to push ahead with Gorbachev to dismantle the Cold War.

These policies were anathema to Bolton who prophesied – falsely – that war and catastrophe would flow from them.

But Reagan ignored him and pushed them through anyway.

Now Bolton has destroyed Reagan’s legacy of peace by convincing current President Donald Trump to scrap one of Reagan’s greatest achievement, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

He succeeded in helping provoke the US invasion, conquest and occupation of Iraq under President George W. Bush in 2003 but failed to persuade even Bush, Junior and his top foreign policy adviser, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to pull out of any arms control treaties whatsoever.

Then, the Iraq misadventure was so appallingly bungled that Bolton failed to get any traction whatsoever for his priority project of toppling the government of Iran, even if it took a full scale war to do it.

In Washington, even Bolton’s greatest critics among libertarians and paleo-conservatives have spoken for decades with awe of his supposed brilliant intellect, command of all details, endless energy and ability to read and keep track of everything.

But now, the latest failed coup in Venezuela instead reveals an ignorant, simplistic rash adventurer and gambler who charges head on into dangerous situations and who relies on bullying and bluster alone to get his way.

Bolton showed none of the ruthless, devious subtlety of a Dwight D. Eisenhower in masterminding a coup and fragrant breach of international law without appearing to have anything to do with it (a skill which Ronald Reagan, though far less masterful than the revered Eisenhower also attempted in Iran-Contra).

Bolton’s fingerprints were all over the hard-charging policy of propping up ridiculous Juan Guiado as America’s cardboard cutout puppet to run Venezuela, even though he had no credibility whatsoever.

Bolton is in fact is an awesomely bad judge of choosing his own allies in other countries.

His combination of recklessness and vanity means he is always a sucker for whatever smooth-talking sociopath can worm his way into his presence.

This explains how the late, unlamented Ahmed Chalabi was able to convince Bolton and his neocon friends that he (Chalabi)) would be welcomed by tens of millions of Iraqis as soon the US armed forces invaded (“liberated” was the politically approved term) his country and how Zalmay Khalizad, a catastrophic clown, was acclaimed as an infallible guru on Afghanistan.

Bolton is widely known to have no small talk, private interests, charm or social skills whatsoever. Far from confirming his “genius”, as his many worshipful courtiers claim, this only confirms his haplessness.

If Bolton played poker he would be skinned alive. He cannot read people and being an obsessive courtier and flatterer himself, he always falls flat on his face for the flattery of others. The arch-manipulator is in reality the easiest of figures to manipulate.

Once the strange miasma of worshipful myth is stripped from Bolton, all the confusions and bungles of the April 30 Coup That Never Was in Venezuela become clear.

“Team B” planning anti-Iran false flag

Could Tel Aviv be setting up its more powerful ally in a “wag the dog” scenario to initiate war against Israel’s archenemy Iran?

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Iran’’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has issued a warning against what he has described as the B-Team.

The hawkish B-team is comprised of US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Zarif has slammed the hostile polices pursued by these politicians against Iran, saying they are targeting the Iranian nation with “economic terrorism.”

The Iranian foreign minister added that what the B-Team is doing is a delusional pursuit of regime-change, questioning whether US President Donald Trump would let them realize their dreams of another QUOTE Forever War.

Zarif said the “B-team is trying to push Iran to take action as a pretext for crazy and adventurous US actions.

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Israeli Intelligence Warned White House Of “Iran Plot” To Strike US Troops

Look who’s leading the US around by the nose:

On Sunday night US national security advisor John Bolton threatened Iran with  “unrelenting force” while announcing the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf region, saying further it sends a “clear and unmistakable” message to the Iranian regime.

Bolton’s statement also cited a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, which later on Monday morning CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr described based on unnamed US defense officials as including “specific and credible” Iranian threats against US assets in Syria, Iraq, and at sea.

USS Abraham Lincoln, file image via Sky News

CNN’s Starr reported the following:

US officials tell me the threats from Iran included “specific and credible” intelligence that Iranian forces and proxies were targeting US forces in Syria, Iraq and at sea. There were multiple threads of intelligence about multiple locations, the officials said.

It turns out, perhaps predictably, that the ultimate source of these claims is none other than Israeli intelligence.

Axios White House correspondent Barak Ravid reports:

Israel passed information on an alleged Iranian plot to attack U.S. interests in the Gulf to the U.S. before national security adviser John Bolton threatened Iran with “unrelenting force” last night, senior Israeli officials told me.

This also comes as some high level Israeli defense officials have claimed Iran ordered the Palestinian Islamic Jihad to initiate a conflict in Gaza in order to distract Israel from stopping supposed Iranian expansion inside Syria.

Thus it appears an entire US carrier strike group is now responding to what the White House believes is credible intelligence provided by the Israelis. Or, it could simply fit with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long stated intent to convince Washington to take preemptive military action against Iran.

Axios reports the Israeli intelligence is “not very specific at this stage” but that the “intelligence gathered by Israel, primarily by the Mossad intelligence agency, is understood to be part of the reason for Bolton’s announcement.” The threats against US interests also reportedly include locations in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

But the most obvious question must be asked: could Tel Aviv be setting up its more powerful ally in a “wag the dog” scenario to initiate war against Israel’s archenemy Iran?

Good Riddance Zio Nikki Haley, Hello Wars-4-“Israel” John Bolton

Nikki Haley’s Legacy

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This week saw secession from an obscure treaty and a move to make Iran the centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism.

National Security Adviser John Bolton wants you to know there’s a new sheriff in town. Iran is the globe’s leading state sponsor of terror, and will be treated accordingly. Under Bolton, the United States has swiftly reversed course from treating Tehran as a potential pivot partner in the Middle East.

Instead, the United States intends to bolster its support for the Sunni Gulf allies and open up a more expansive effort against Islamic extremism, including Shia-supported radicalism. [What’s that?]

That, at least, was the fiery message delivered by Bolton to reporters on Thursday. The press call, unveiling the National Security Council’s new counterterrorism strategy focused almost entirely on Iranian activities, and not on the Sunni  [Zionist allied groups] Al Qaeda and Islamic State that are responsible for much of the violence perpetrated against Americans in recent decades. [This is important to note, seeings how these groups work through US and Israel.]

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“The global threat posed by terrorist groups is more complex than ever,” Bolton told reporters.

Bolton argued: “Iran-sponsored terrorist groups such as Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian jihad continue to pose a threat to the United States and our interests. . . . This is not the Obama administration, would be my message to Iran and anybody else.”

[Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian jihad are anti imperialists].

Bolton’s unveiling of an Iran-centric counterterrorism strategy follows his announcement earlier this week of U.S. secession from the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo piled on. This week, he called U.S. policy prior to leaving the treaty an “absolute absurdity.”

For some, the administration’s continued, laser focus on Iran is perplexing, even distressing.

“Essentially, the administration is attempting to confront Iran everywhere,” Retired Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis of Defense Priorities told me Friday. “Iran is a menace,  to [Zionist imperialism], but they are contained by the other powers in the Middle East. This action seems to go against the administration’s stated desire to let others do more for their own security. . . . Israel and Saudi Arabia are more than capable of doing that in ways that don’t risk war for the U.S.”

But Bolton seems to view such sentiments as the height of naivete.

“There is a terrorist ideology [anti-imperialism] that we’re confronting. I think it’s long been the president’s view that without recognizing that we’re in an ideological struggle, that we can’t properly address the terrorist threat,” Bolton told reporters Thursday. “The notion that just some day the war against terrorism will be over. Sure. As John Maynard Keynes said, ‘In the long run we’ll all be dead.’”

The push from Bolton is a part of a broader, renewed effort against certain Islamist contingents that precedes his tenure in this White House. An emboldened Gulf Cooperation Council, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have sought—with American backing—to squeeze Qatar and Turkey for their support of the Muslim Brotherhood. This effort has earned fresh attention this week with the disappearance of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was last seen at a Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this week.

There is an architecture of outside support around the Bolton and the president that supports this White House’s forceful stance in the Middle East.

In a conversation with me earlier this year, Alireza Jafarzadeh of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), affiliated with the MEK , likened Tehran to Moscow in the Cold War—a putative center of subversion. For years, John Bolton attended NCRI events and other functions of Iranian dissident groups before returning to government this past spring.

His picture is on the wall of NCRI offices in Washington, along with other supportive U.S. politicians. Rudy Giuliani, also a supporter of this outfit, told me last month in New York that the administration basically already has a regime-change policy on Tehran.

Another Iran hawk, Frank Gaffney, stated on Friday: “President Trump unveiled a new counterterrorism strategy yesterday that promises to fight the ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ and the ‘ideology’ they call Sharia. Help, it appears, is on the way.” The question is whether Trump really intends to deliver it or will ultimately resist the counsel of his own advisers.

Trump Adviser Bolton Coordinated U.S.-led Strike in Syria With Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad has already scored another victory in the battle for the hearts and minds of his own people and the support of the entire Arab world.- Haaretz

The airstrikes launched just hours before the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was due to deploy to Douma to investigate reports of a chemical attack.

John Bolton, Trump’s Israel First NeoCon Adviser, “Coordinated” U.S. Strike on Syria with Israel … National Security Adviser who is a staunch Israel First, neoconservative war monger, “coordinated” the U.S.led bombing campaign against Syrian targets with Israel, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.

USA pulling out of Syria is a nightmare for the regime changers in Jerusalem.

Even before the strike, the expectation among Israeli army officials was that an American strike on Syria would not prompt military retaliation against Israel. The major concern has been that the Russian and Iranian response would be a change in their military approach in the region, making it more difficult for Israel to operate relatively freely in the airspace over Lebanon and Syria.

Iran still the main target:

While many of his ideological fellow travelers have argued that Assad is the primary problem causing Syria’s many conflicts, Bolton instead posited that the dictator of Damascus was at best a tertiary concern, ranking him “a distant third” behind Iran and ISIS in terms threats to the region. “If you want to know where to go to at least resolve the bulk of the problems we face,” he told Fox’s Martha MacCallum, “it’s not getting rid of Assad in Syria. It’s getting rid of the ayatollahs in Tehran.”

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Bolton’s plan to make Palestine disappear

Actually, regardless of where the Palestinians are, temporarily, the fact that the Zionist pirates are sitting on top of Palestine counting their stolen treasure doesn’t mean that Palestine is gone and will ever be gone. A beach blanket on top of sand doesn’t make the beach disappear.

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Zionist Plan of Greater Israel by Destroying Arab and Islamic Countries. YINON PLAN was a continuation of Britain’s colonial design in the Middle East. Palestinians were never the sole target of the Zionist plans = ALL NON-JEWS ARE THEIR VICTIMS including Europe and America.

 

Bolton has proposed a “three-state solution”: Israel, a pirate state which doesn’t own anything,  giving Gaza to Egypt, and giving the West Bank to Jordan (which, by the way are US-Israel puppet states)
He contended in a 2014 Washington Times op-ed that under his plan, “Jerusalem’s status as the capital of ‘Palestine’ would disappear, since Amman would obviously be the seat of government for an enlarged Jordan.”

 

26 March 2018

One of the few times Donald Trump talked an iota of sense during his 2016 presidential campaign was when he lambasted the trillions of dollars wasted waging war in the Middle East.

In Charlotte, North Carolina on 26 October 2016 he argued that those wars “have produced only more terrorism, more death, and more suffering” and the money involved could have been better spent at home.

Yet in the last few weeks Trump has announced his determination to move CIA director Mike Pompeo – to be replaced there, he hopes, by torturer Gina Haspel – to head the State Department and has named superhawk John Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations, to be his national security adviser.

Bolton’s bellicosity strikes terror into the hearts of activists who have followed his career. Social media lit up between fears of war with Iran and war with North Korea.

He is, as The New York Review of Books rightly put it, “one angry man.”

Bolton, of course, never admitted error regarding his belligerent stance in the 2000s on Iraq and staunchly supported Israel’s deadly actions in Lebanon in 2006. He has long been a hardliner on Palestine.

Anti-Palestinian bigots such as Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked quickly trumpeted the announcement. She lauded the appointment and – from one racist to another – praised the Trump administration for emerging as the most sympathetic government Israel has ever seen.

Three states

Bolton has proposed a “three-state solution”: Israel, giving Gaza to Egypt, and giving the West Bank to Jordan.

He contended in a 2014 Washington Times op-ed that under his plan, “The contentious issue of Jerusalem’s status as the purported capital of ‘Palestine’ would disappear, since Amman would obviously be the seat of government for an enlarged Jordan.”

That was magical thinking. With a handful of words he disposed of Jerusalem, one of the most contentious issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians.

Having backed Israeli violence against Palestinians throughout his career, Bolton then cited Palestinian weakness as a key reason there cannot be a two-state solution. “There simply cannot be ‘two states living side by side in peace and security’ when one of the ‘states,’ for the foreseeable future, cannot meet the basic, practical requirements for entering into and upholding international commitments, including, unfortunately, the glaring lack of its own legitimacy.”

Though he did not refer to it directly, the apartheid reality was apparently better in his view than pressing Israel on two states or equal rights in one.

Bolton’s “three-state solution” lines up neatly with the idea floated by Trump’s then strategist Steve Bannon at a January 2017 dinner to discuss cabinet picks. As Michael Wolff recounts it in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Bannon argued “Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza. Let them deal with it. Or sink trying.”

Former Fox News boss Roger Ailes declared at the same meal that Bolton is a “bomb thrower” and “a strange little fucker. But you need him. Who else is good on Israel?”

Ailes has subsequently died and Bannon has been fired by Trump. Yet the latest appointments almost give the impression that they are still calling the shots. And increasingly those shots are pointing toward military confrontation.

As journalist Sam Husseini tweeted: “With the Bolton appointment and the Pompeo and Haspel nominations, Trump is obviously moving to an even more war administration. As I wrote a year ago, like Obama, he ran anti-war and is doing the opposite.”

Bracing for impact

What can we anticipate from Trump and his hardliner advisers in the Middle East?

The wider region will go from bad to worse if Trump and Bolton manage to undo the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement later this year. War with Iran prior to the 2018 mid-term elections or 2020 presidential elections would complete the unraveling of the region initiated by President George W. Bush 15 years ago this month.

The massive resistance to the Iraq war in 2003 failed to head off that catastrophic undertaking. This time, should Trump, Pompeo and Bolton push the country toward war with Iran, the numbers in the streets may prove bigger, but simultaneously could face armed militias roused by the Trump administration.

Grim days likely lie ahead. Whether Europe has the fortitude to push back against any coalition efforts organized by Pompeo as secretary of state remains to be seen. Tony Blair, then Britain’s prime minister, happily followed Bush down a road of lies and horror in Iraq.

Perhaps European leaders harbor greater doubts about Trump and the neoconservative and conservative extremists he is surrounding himself with in 2018.

They would do well to keep in mind that Bolton wrote in his book Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad that “My happiest moment at State was personally ‘unsigning’ the Rome Statute,” which set up the International Criminal Court. And they should bear in mind the friends he keeps, such as notorious Islamophobes Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

As for Palestine, further chaos in the Middle East will likely prove a boon for Israel’s settler movement as it illegally seizes still more occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israel, the US, Egypt and Saudi Arabia can only be expected to ratchet up the pressure on the Palestinian leadership and Palestinian people alike.

Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations got it right when he said, “Bolton is the last person who should be entrusted with this critically important position, which requires sound judgment and a fact-based approach to national security matters.” Awad’s forecast that Bolton’s appointment “could lead to unnecessary and counterproductive international conflicts” is quite likely to prove accurate as the Trump administration continues to come unglued and looks for an enemy to help right itself on the domestic front ahead of upcoming elections.

It’s a profoundly cynical argument, but one that fits entirely with the narcissistic and vicious character traits Trump has displayed to date. Bolton is unlikely to be any check on Trump’s worst instincts – and, in fact, is apt to cheerlead those instincts.