Iran says Bolton pick as national security adviser 'matter of shame'

Donald Trump has confirmed John Bolton's new role as national security adviser in the latest administration shake

Trump's announcement that he will replace Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national-security adviser, effective April 9, while disquieting, can not come as a much of a surprise.

Although it's unclear if Bolton would get on board with "the staff purge his allies and advisors are pushing", some names that have been reportedly floated around include deputy national security advisor for strategy Nadia Schadlow and McMaster deputy Ricky Waddell.

"I am very thankful for the service of General H R McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend", Trump said. Though Bolton was close with other neocons, including former vice-president Dick Cheney, he is even more extreme than many in the Bush administration, including Bush himself.

What happened? Well, in the time since then, Bolton has made a lot of appearances on Fox News, and.well, there isn't an "and", there's just that. While Trump has become a critic of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton was one of the biggest proponents of this strategy, boasting at the time that Iraqis would "welcome U.S. troops".

Only recently, he threw verbal cold water on President Trump's decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in late May, calling it "diplomatic shock and awe" and advising such a meeting be short and to the point. Bolton has cheered on, or been involved in, every one in the string failed US interventions and asked for more: Iraq, Libya, Syria and now, heaven forbid, Iran and North Korea.

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By tapping conservative firebrand John Bolton as his national security chief and hardliner Mike Pompeo as his top diplomat, U.S. President Donald Trump has dramatically raised the stakes in world affairs.

"When the president makes a decision, obviously the principals on the National Security Council are supposed to carry it out", one source familiar with Bolton's thinking told me. When the other panelists asked about the "millions" of South and North Koreans who would be killed in such a military intervention he pivoted and glibly argued that having North Korea have nuclear weapons was a worse outcome. McMaster is reported to have taken similar precautions in his own time as the National Security Adviser. "The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation", the official said. Trump needed a cabinet full of lookers with innovative fashion sense, like Steve Bannon.

As he confronts matters of war and peace with North Korea and Iran, Trump is bringing in an adviser likely to magnify many of his own instinctive qualities: hard-hitting, fiercely nationalistic and eager to confront U.S. adversaries. This work and those achievements will ensure that America builds on its economic and military advantages. Bolton has himself participated in spreading a number of conspiracy theories, including that the Muslim Brotherhood might have infiltrated the Obama administration and that Muslim immigration in the US could replicate the (imaginary, non-existent) no-go zones that both Bolton and Trump have claimed exist in Europe. "Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians", McMaster said in a statement released by the White House.

Trump reciprocated, noting that the general "served his country with distinction" for more than three decades. After UN Ambassador Nikki Haley attacked the JCPOA in a much-covered speech at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute last October, Bolton remarked: "The Iran deal may not have died today, but it will die shortly".

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