Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a scathing press release responding to claims made by fired White House National Security Advisor John Bolton in his new book, calling the disgruntled former administration official a “traitor.”
Among a set of other sensational claims Trump administration officials have pointed to as little more than puerile gossip from an attention-seeking turncoat, Bolton had claimed that Pompeo was secretly opposed to President Trump. The longtime neoconservative and ultra-hawkish political operative had claimed that Pompeo passed a note to Bolton during an international conference with North Korea calling President Trump “full of s***.”
President Trump himself has declined to hold back on Bolton, who is making the rounds as a newly invented liberal talk show personality after being drummed out of the Trump administration. Bolton’s routine advocacy of new Middle East wars had never fit in concisely with President Trump’s America First foreign policy vision, and the President has been keen to point it out in response to Bolton’s convenient criticism.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
It was only a matter of time until a committed neoconservative such as Bolton, who originally served in the Bush administration, took his place on the Left and abandoned any pretense of support for the President in return for lucrative book deals and cable news appearances on MSNBC. Other Republicans have taken Bolton to task for his warmongering advocacy, questioning why President Trump even hired such an unreliable advisor to begin with.
Regime change ‘everywhere’ (the Bolton doctrine) was always a very stupid and dangerous idea.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 18, 2020
In light of Bolton’s realignment to the establishment left, the Trump administration must carefully reconsider personnel hirings of discredited foreign policy “experts.”
Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Pick Told Hillary Clinton Al Qaeda “Is On Our Side in Syria”
Sullivan said as such in a 2012 email.
The man Joe Biden intends to appoint as his National Security Advisor if inaugurated as President told Hillary Clinton that Al Qaeda “is on our side in Syria” in a 2012 email. Jake Sullivan was a Director of Policy Planning for the State Department at the time, and went on to serve as the National Security Advisor to then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Sullivan made the claim that Al Qaeda (“AQ”) was aligned with American interests in a email leaked through Wikileaks’ Hillary Clinton email disclosures.
Islamist rebels who seek to overthrow the Alawite Ba’athist regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are heavily infiltrated by Jihadist elements, such as al-Qaeda. The neoliberal foreign policy establishment has long sought to empower Syrian rebels, attempting to remove Assad from power as early as 2010.
Al Qaeda and ISIS-aligned Jihadists have since gone on to attempt to purge Christians and Alawite minorities from Syria, in some cases making use of American weaponry either placed in the wrong hands or commandeered by terroristic elements. Western support for jihadist rebels may have prolonged the bloody and seemingly endless Syrian conflict for years, in turn creating a refugee crisis in Europe.
It remains to be seen whether Joe Biden will place emphasis on Syrian regime change as a foreign policy priority, with more information on the Islamist elements of the Syrian opposition since having come to light.
Biden has tasked other “progressive” warhawks to staff senior positions of his administration, including Iraq War advocate Tony Blinken as Secretary of State.
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