Former National Security Advisor and neoconservative Iraq War proponent John Bolton showed his true colors Monday, bashing President Trump’s historic negotiations with North Korea in pursuit of denuclearization. Bolton was giving at talk at the neocon Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Bolton was fired as National Security Advisor by President Trump last month. He’s already making a speaking tour condemning the President’s America First foreign policy vision, a development that causes many to question why the unrepentant pro-war advocate was ever hired to work in the White House to begin with.
Bolton took the opportunity to slam President Trump’s initiative to hold at least one historic ‘summit’ with the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. He went on the record stating that he believed any form of negotiation would be a hopeless effort in seeking to convince North Korea to drop its nuclear program.
The former UN ambassador and Bush administration official instead prefers a strategy of regime change, either through military force or through other means. Another Korean War has the chance to devastate millions of lives. But if Bolton had any capacity to reconsider his hawkish views, he’d have done so years ago, when it became clear that the Iraq War was one of the greatest foreign policy failures in American history.
President Trump’s negotiations with the North Koreans have resulted in a slight thawing between the United States and the cult-of-personality dictatorship. The President has thus far declined to remove crippling sanctions placed upon North Korea, instead waiting to see a concrete commitment to denuclearization carried out by the nation’s regime.
As President Trump continues taking measures to end the decades-long Korean War stalemate with a diplomatic conclusion, Bolton is set to become a regular among D.C’s well-funded neoconservative foreign policy think tanks.
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