Bolton’s appointment: Another warning of new US wars


Bolton’s appointment: Another warning of new US wars

Peter Symonds

24 March 2018

The appointment of the notorious warmonger John Bolton as Trump’s national security adviser on Thursday is a clear sign that the White House is being put on a war footing. Bolton is well known for his advocacy of illegal wars of aggression, in particular against North Korea and Iran, his contempt for the UN and international law, and his belligerent stance towards US rivals such as China and Russia.

North Korea is immediately within Trump’s crosshairs. The president indicated earlier this month that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May. However, the installation of Bolton in place of H.R. McMaster and the hawkish Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state in place of Rex Tillerson two weeks ago demonstrates that the purpose of any meeting will not be to negotiate, but to deliver a US ultimatum or stage a provocation.

Bolton is an open advocate of pre-emptive military attacks on North Korea on the pretext of ending the so-called military threat posed by its nuclear arsenal. Just last month, he seized on Pompeo’s remark that North Korea was “a handful of months” from having a nuclear missile capable of reaching the US, to set out a sham legal case in the Wall Street Journal for attacking North Korea. “We should not wait until the last minute,” he emphasised.

In another Wall Street Journal comment last August, Bolton scathingly dismissed any prospect of a deal with North Korea and declared that “some sort of strike is likely unavoidable unless China agrees to regime change in Pyongyang.” While well aware of the huge casualties that such a war would bring to South Korea and Japan, he nevertheless insisted that the US had no option but to carry out…

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