The new National Security Advisor

Exploring the history of John Bolton’s work in Politics

Sam Brown, Section Editor

President Trump has recently announced via Twitter that he has chosen John Bolton to be his new National Security Advisor. Bolton has been involved in the United States government for almost forty years. This includes jobs ranging from serving on the board of the Committee for International Religious Freedom to working as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Affairs and Office of the Civil Division. More controversy however, he was also the chair of a non-profit organization that creat anti-muslim news which was repeated by Russian media sources. This group often warned about a jihadist takeover that would cause a great genocide of the white race. He also worked with Fox News as a commentator and was going to be Mitt Romney’s foreign affairs advisor before Romney’s loss in the 2012 presidential election.

As the new Nation Security Advisor, Bolton’s skills of communication and his ability to negotiate with outside parties will be important. His success with pushing his agenda and getting the results he wants are fairly certain, however in the past he has damaged relations by doing so.

“Iran’s Foreign Ministry has called Bolton ‘rude’ and ‘undiplomatic’,” said reporter Lawrence Kaplan.

Bolton also considers himself a Goldwater conservative, who follows the political and economic beliefs of Edmund Burke. Burke was an Irishman who supported the American Revolution in 1776, and believed that democracy was a dangerous system of government that would eventually fail.  

“I have always been a conservative. The idea of big-government conservatism has more neocon adherents than from unmodified conservatives,” said Bolton.

Bolton is considered a “war-hawk” by his opponents, which means that they believe he wants to create war. Bolton has repeatedly suggested a pre-emptive strike against North Korea as well as Iran, seeing that as the only safe option for America. He is also an open supporter of Israel, and has suggested moving the U.S. embassy into Jerusalem.  During the Obama administration, he was vocal in his beliefs that President Obama was very indecisive, comparing him to Ethelred the Unready, an ancient Viking chief who’s lack of success on the battlefield marked him as a historically bad leader.

Bolton also accused ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of faking a concussion. He thought that she was avoiding a congressional hearing about her involvement in the 2012 Benghazi disaster.

“When you don’t want to go to a meeting or conference or an event you have a ‘diplomatic illness‘. And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band,” said Bolton.