The inevitable has happened. One by one, the adults are leaving by mutual agreement between the White House and the cabinet members, or having been fired by tweet, or just quitting. First it was Gary Cohn the top economic adviser, then it was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and finally, it was the National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster. All but Mr. Cohn are being replaced by hardliners in the foreign policy field. If the US wants to avoid war, the new cabinet members, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are the worst possible choices. The converse is also true. Mr. John Bolton is the poster child for the NEOCON and the biggest War Hawk ever. He has been pushing for a war against Iran since the early 2000s. And as the president’s National Security Adviser, he does not have to under go the US Senate’s confirmation process.
The president’s major promise on the campaign trail to his supporters, was that he would not start stupid wars. John Bolton as a civilian, and who is clueless about the price of war is replacing General H.R. McMaster, a commander who has seen the costs of war up close. Of course, the former United Nation’s Ambassador John Bolton has the extra credential of being a FOX News commentator.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel have lobbied the White House well to succeed in getting their wish list, the departures of the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster, both who voiced strong objections against arbitrarily ending the 2015 US-iran Nuclear deal.
Sometime in the past couple months, Mr. Bolton wrote an editorial piece for the Wall Street Journal arguing in favor of a preemptive strike against N Korea
I am worried that there are dark days ahead for US foreign policy? We have the perfect set of circumstances and personalities for the “Wag the Dog” war situation to deflect from the news of the day.
See: Mr. Bolton’s writings about US Iran Nuclear deal in the conservative magazine National Review: Iran Nuclear Deal Exit Strategy — John Bolton Memo to Trump
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On March 22, 2018, Mark Landler, Julie Hirshfield Davis and Peter Baker of the New York Times penned the following report, “McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, And Will Be Replaced by John Bolton”
“Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former United States ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said Thursday (3/22/18).”
“General McMaster will retire from the military, the officials said. He has been discussing his departure with President Trump for several weeks, they said, but decided to speed up his departure, in part because questions about his status were casting a shadow over his conversations with foreign officials.”
“The officials also said that Mr. Trump wanted to fill out his national security team before his meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. He replaced Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson with the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, last week.”
“Officials emphasized that General McMaster’s departure was a mutual decision and amicable, with none of the recrimination that marked Mr. Tillerson’s exit. They said it was not related to a leak on Tuesday of briefing materials for Mr. Trump’s phone call with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.”
“In the materials, Mr. Trump was advised not to congratulate Mr. Putin on his re-election, which the president went ahead and did during the call.”
“H.R. McMaster has served his country with distinction for more than 30 years. He has won many battles and his bravery and toughness are legendary,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “General McMaster’s leadership of the National Security Council staff has helped my administration accomplish great things to bolster America’s national security.”
“General McMaster had struggled for months to impose order not only on a fractious national security team but on a president who resisted the sort of discipline customary in the military. Although General McMaster has been a maverick voice at times during a long military career, the Washington foreign policy establishment had hoped he would keep the president from making rash decisions.”
“General McMaster’s serious, somber style and preference for order made him an uncomfortable fit with a president whose style is looser, and who has little patience for the detail and nuance of complex national security issues. They had differed on policy, with General McMaster cautioning against ripping up the nuclear deal with Iran without a strategy for what would come next, and tangling with Mr. Trump over the strategy for American forces in Afghanistan.”
“Their tensions seeped into public view in February, when General McMaster said at a security conference in Munich that the evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was beyond dispute. The statement drew a swift rebuke from the president, who vented his anger on Twitter.”
“General McMaster carried out a slow-rolling purge of hard-liners at the National Security Council who had been installed by Mr. Flynn and were allied ideologically with Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s former chief strategist, earning the ire of conservatives who complained that his moves represented the foreign policy establishment reasserting itself over a president who had promised a different approach.”
“General McMaster’s position at the White House had been seen as precarious for months, and he had become the target of a concerted campaign by hard-line activists outside the administration who accused him of undermining the president’s agenda and pushed for his ouster, even creating a social media effort branded with a #FireMcMaster hashtag.”
General McMaster had been among the most hard-line administration officials in his approach to North Korea, publicly raising the specter of a “preventive war” against the North. He was among those who expressed concerns about Mr. Trump’s abrupt decision this month to meet Kim Jong-un.”