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The appointment of John Bolton to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser represents the neoconservative restoration, firmly ending the chapter in which Trump claimed to be a non-interventionist. Even Never-Trump neocons are happy today. The intemperate and Islamophobic Bolton is fiercely opposed to the Iran Deal, is militantly opposed to Russian influence in the Middle East, has called for declaring war against Iran and North Korea, and has pronounced the two-state solution dead.

Many today fear that Trump will give us another war. Senator Ed Markey:

John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from that he is gearing up for military conflict.

Bolton is surely realistic in stating the end of the two-state solution. Though his solution to the Israel Palestine conflict is not. It is for pieces of the West Bank to be deeded to Jordan and Gaza to be deeded to Egypt, on the theory that Palestine is “bits and pieces” of the former Ottoman Empire. Neither Egypt or Jordan has accepted such a proposal; and of course Palestinians have said such an outcome is out of the question.

He wrote in the Hill in January as part of his application process for this job:

Once it becomes clear the two-state solution is finally dead, Jordan should again be asked to exercise control over suitably delineated portions of the West Bank and have the monarchy’s religious role for holy sites like the Temple Mount reaffirmed. Accepting Jordan’s sovereignty would actually benefit Palestinians, as would Egyptian sovereignty over Gaza, by tying these areas into viable, functioning states, not to the illusion of “Palestine.”

Al Jazeera reports further on Bolton’s views of Israel and Palestine. Pro-Israel all the way.

After former president Barack Obama allowed passage of a UN Security Council resolution in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlements, Bolton said Obama “stabbed Israel in the front” and that the measure was “clearly intended to tip the peace process toward the Palestinians”.

He said then that the two-state solution is over, per Al Jazeera.

“Just as a matter of empirical reality, the two-state solution is dead,” Bolton told far-right Breitbart News Radio at the time. “That’s about the only thing John Kerry came close to getting right.”

It is simply not realistic to insist on two states. For one thing, Israel cannot accept indefensible borders it would have with a Palestinian state alongside it:

“As long as Washington’s diplomatic objective is the ‘two-state solution’ – Israel and ‘Palestine’ – the fundamental contradiction between this aspiration and the reality on the ground will ensure it never comes into being.”

Jewish Voice for Peace laments the hire: “The appointment of Bolton is a complete disaster for the Middle East, the U.S., and the entire world.” And the liberal Zionist group J Street tweeted:

“Bolton is an unabashed advocate for the premature, unnecessary and reckless use of military force in the Middle East and around the globe. This appointment isn’t just unwise. It’s disastrous.”

Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, supporters of the Iran Deal, tweeted, “This is the moment the administration has officially gone off the rails.” Though he notes the broad opposition to Bolton (including from Richard Haass of Council on Foreign Relations).

“The most encouraging aspect of this dangerous moment is the broad, energized reaction. As Trump constructs his War Cabinet, the resistance emerges, unites.”

Senator Jeff Merkley:

John Bolton: Wanted war w Cuba, arguing wrongly that Cuba had WMD Wanted war w Iraq, arguing – wrong again – that Iraq had WMD Believes – wrongly – that Islamic law is taking over America If you’re always wrong on security, you’re the wrong person to be National Security Advisor

Lobelog republishes Greg Thielmann’s article detailing Bolton’s role as a “prime mover of the Iraq WMD fiasco.” The site notes that the appointment is a complete reversal of Donald Trump’s anti-war stance during his campaign.

[Bolton’s elevation enhances the] steadily increasing prospects for the U.S. becoming involved in yet another armed conflict in the Middle East or elsewhere.The president-elect who repeatedly taunted his Democratic opponent for supporting the Iraq invasion and whose transition team recently dismissed a CIA assessment by noting, “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” is reportedly considering John Bolton to be deputy secretary of state. Bolton is, of course, one of these “same people.” If Donald Trump chooses to nominate a prime mover of the Iraq WMD fiasco for a key State Department position, he will really outdo himself in converting the ironic into dark comedy

Matthew Waxman, a professor of law at Columbia who served in the White House, says that what makes Bolton “dangerous” is his gifts as a wily administrative player.

Yes, Bolton is militantly aggressive about wielding American military and economic power. But what I saw in him also was an operator who was relentlessly effective in implementing—or stymying—policy, at least in the short term.

Bolton’s record of Islamophobia is also undeniable. He is head of an “Institute” that just yesterday said that Great Britain has become an “Islamist colony” because of its alleged failures to take on Sharia law, and has said that American neighborhoods with Muslim majorities in major cities are closed to non-Muslims.

The Council on America-Islamic Relations blasts the appointment of “a notorious Islamophobe who as a history of ties to anti-Muslim extremists and organizations.”

“We urge Americans across the political spectrum to speak out against the appointment of John Bolton as White House National Security Adviser because of his ties to anti-Muslim bigots and his promotion of extremist views that will inevitably harm our nation and that could lead to unnecessary and counterproductive international conflicts,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Bolton is the last person who should be entrusted with this critically-important position, which requires sound judgment and a fact-based approach to national security matters.”

Bolton has long been associated with anti-Muslim extremists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller. He’s pictured frolicking with Geller.

From Rightweb’s profile of Bolton. Here’s his resume:

John Bolton is a senior fellow at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute and the chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a right-wing “pro-Israel” activist group that has been accused of fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment. A longtime national security hawk, Bolton is a former board member of the Project for the New American Century and a past adviser to the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. He is a frequent contributor to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, and other right-wing media outlets…

Some more of the Israel advocacy, from Rightweb:

Bolton was mentioned in an April 2015 New York Times piece that examined why Republicans are “more fervently pro-Israel than ever.” The article linked such sentiment to being “partly a result of ideology, but also a product of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors.” The piece revealed how Bolton’s PAC is partly financed by “major pro-Israel donors” like Irving Moskowitz and that it “spent at least $825,000” to support the successful 2014 Senate bid of Tom Cotton (R-AL)….

In a March 2015 op-ed for The New York Times, published just before Iran and the P5+1 reached a political framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, Bolton explicitly called for military strikes against Iran. Titled, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” Bolton’s op-ed claimed that, “President Obama’s approach on Iran has brought a bad situation to the brink of catastrophe.”…

Bolton has fervently criticized the Obama administration for seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, Bolton has echoed the arguments of some Israeli nationalists that the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza—which he called “bits and pieces of the collapsed Ottoman Empire” with “no particular history either of national identity or of economic interdependence”—should be ceded respectively to Jordan and Egypt rather than incorporated into an independent Palestinian territory.

Bolton met with an Israeli prime minister before the Iraq invasion in 2003, when he was as an under secretary of state in the Bush administration, Rightweb reports.

Two months before the Iraq invasion, Bolton met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to discuss strategies for “preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction,” focusing on the Bush administration’s disarmament targets following the planned invasion of Iraq. Shortly after the visit, Bolton said once regime change in Iraq is complete, “It will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran, and North Korea.”

He later became one of the most divisive UN ambassadors ever. Though Nikki Haley has given him a run for the money. Again, note the contacts with Israel:

During his first confirmation hearings, Bolton’s record as undersecretary of state came under intense criticism, particularly regarding his contacts with Israel. According to The Forward and other news sources, Bolton had met with officials of Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, without first seeking “country clearance” from the State Department.

Donald Johnson writes that the Bolton elevation should end the illusion that Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet, though he points out that neocons despair over Trump’s ability to sell war with such an extremist team.

The liberal claim that Trump is Putin’s puppet always seemed a bit unbalanced to me when you look at who has influence over him and how it affects what one might loosely call his policies.  He is obviously in cahoots with the Saudis and the racist Israeli far right, but DC types don’t want to say that because you could say the same about a lot of them.  Trump’s idiotic Jerusalem decision, for instance, got some applause from some Democrats.  Putin didn’t force most Republicans and some Democrats to continue our support for Saudi crimes against humanity and he wasn’t twisting Obama’s arm back in 2015-2016.  Trump’s unhinged fixation about Iran fits in perfectly with the warmongering crowd that dominates most of the Republican Party and some of the Democrats.
As for Bolton, TPM’s claim casting doubt on his Russia hostility is unconvincing. Here is Bolton the Russia hawk, by the Weekly Standard. Bolton might tone down his belligerence in the case of Russia if he thinks it will make his boss happy. Or maybe the liberals who want Trump to get tougher will get their wish.
This is the second coming of the first Dubya term.  I think the reason Trump is hated by people who should like his warmongering is simply that they don’t trust him to be able to reach even Bush levels of competence.  They want Caesar and they have Caligula or maybe Caligula’s horse.  If you want endless intervention to go over well with most Americans it used to be you needed to play the role of the modest hero reluctantly forced to resort to violence even if it was all horse manure.  The pretense of virtue was necessary.  But with Trump bellowing his approval of torture and appointing a torturer and saying something racist or bigoted or unbelievably childish almost every time he tweets it really makes our good intentions a tough sell except for the people who still like Trump.

 

 

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  1. just
    March 23, 2018, 10:16 am

    I am still horrified and frightened right now, just as I was when I posted this announcement last evening.

    Jared, MBS, Netanyahu and ISIS are surely grinning. More people will die.

    It’s the same old PNAC. They only added Trump and Haley, and now Bolton. ‘They’ being the American people who are too busy with their ‘own lives and smartphones’ to pay attention to the disasters around the planet. Then there is Congress- pfft. Kneeling to Israel first and always. Dysfunctional and corrupt.

    • Kaisa of Finland
      March 23, 2018, 11:12 am

      “I am still horrified and frightened right now..”

      #metoo

      Enough of that human suffering already.

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2018, 1:33 pm

        “Enough of that human suffering already.”

        I’ve been whistling “I wish I was in Finland, hooray, hooray, in Finnish land I’ll take my stand…” ever since the UN Happiness Index survey

      • Kaisa of Finland
        March 23, 2018, 2:04 pm

        Moose:

        Since I can’t hear the “tone of your voice”, I am simply going to say:

        The best thing with happiness is that it can easily be shared..

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2018, 2:28 pm

        “The best thing with happiness is that it can easily be shared.”

        Yes!

      • Kaisa of Finland
        March 23, 2018, 2:48 pm

        “Yes!”

        :) ! Obviously I should have chosen something in Finnish here, so:

        Onnellinen = Happy

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2018, 4:01 pm

        I got nothing but admiration. We spend too much time making each other miserably unhappy here in the good ol’ USA.

    • oldgeezer
      March 23, 2018, 11:23 am

      @just

      I agree with you that we arein dangerous times. The neocons are as dangerous and evil as the worst Islamist terrorist group and have the world’s most powerful armies at their disposal. They have left behind numerous destroyed countries and they have killed millions and destroyed the futures of 10’s of millions.

      And bolton is the lunatic fringe of the neocons.

      • Citizen
        March 23, 2018, 3:38 pm

        All true, and Trump just got tons more money to assure US has a military stronger than the next dozen biggest spenders, most of whom are US allies. Didn’t get much $ for his wall though….

    • Misterioso
      March 24, 2018, 10:43 am

      @just

      Yes, an utterly unqualified, maladjusted president along with warmongers, racists and fascists, including John Bolton, as advisors and creepy ultra-Zionist Sheldon Adelson pulling the strings, are now in control. Let’s hope that the old adage, “it’s darkest before the dawn” is true.

      • RoHa
        March 24, 2018, 9:45 pm

        “Yes, an utterly unqualified, ”

        He was born in the US, and is over 35, so he’s fully qualified.

        “maladjusted president”

        Goes with the job. Though this one does seem to have a higher staff turnover than usual.

        “warmongers, racists and fascists …. as advisors and creepy ultra-Zionist … pulling the strings, are now in control.”

        So no change there, then.

      • gamal
        March 24, 2018, 11:49 pm

        ” “Yes, an utterly unqualified, ”

        He was born in the US, and is over 35, so he’s fully qualified.”

        Good god you mean its an entitlement, his base won’t like that or worse still a ‘privilege’ which i am sure we all condemn..we should get the word out.

  2. gracie fr
    March 23, 2018, 3:04 pm

    Bolton has long been estranged from a substantial segment of his own party, which regards him as dangerous. He served as undersecretary of State for arms control in the Bush administration, and while many of his colleagues came away at least somewhat chastened by their errors, Bolton did not. “I still think the decision to overthrow Saddam was correct,” he said in 2015. Bolton spent the end of the Bush administration bitterly criticizing its pragmatic turn, as figures like Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were replaced by moderates like Robert Gates, and vice-president Dick Cheney began losing some internal battles. Bolton likewise attacked Bush as dangerously weak on North Korea: “Not only was [policy] moving in the wrong direction, it was going to continue in the wrong direction no matter what I did.”
    The combination of Bolton and Trump poses an especially potent danger. Trump once declared “I love war, in a certain way.” Both men think in terms of zero-sum conflict and harbor an obsession with dominating their adversaries. They are temperamental twins. In North Korea or elsewhere, Bolton could goad Trump into dangerous reaction. Some people fooled themselves into believing Trump would govern as a dove of some kind. But any dovish impulses he had were a product of his lack of control over the government. Trump might dismiss the use of power by people who aren’t Trump, but is not inclined to be shy about wielding power that he commands himself.
    …..any number of low-probability, high-impact events that are far more likely to occur with an authoritarian buffoon in the White House than under a normal president. Trump has spent his presidency surrounded by people who had been at least attempting to contain these risks. John Bolton is NOT one of these….

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/nobody-is-left-to-save-the-world-from-trump-now.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t

    Bolton’s agenda is not “peace through strength,” the motto of more conventional Republican hawks that Trump included in a tweet on Wednesday, but rather regime change through war. He is a neocon without the moral fervor of some who wear that label—i.e., he is keen to topple oppressive regimes not in order to spread democracy but rather to expand American power.
    “There is no such thing as the United Nations,” he once said in a speech, adding, “If the U.N. Secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference.”

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/john-bolton-named-national-security-advisor-its-time-to-panic-now.html

  3. Citizen
    March 23, 2018, 3:42 pm

    God, this Bolton is the most depressing selection I could have imagine to be seated as national security advisor to POTUS. I expect US Marines to be fighting alongside the IDF very soon, and being commanded by the IDF when it attacks Iran’s buddies, all at once, in a prelude to direct attack on Iran. Russia and China will then become involved. Smells like WW3 to me.

  4. Ossinev
    March 23, 2018, 4:06 pm

    Just listen to this goon Bolton on Iraq/Iran:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPFc9YN7LIE
    To be fair the Fox News !!! interviewer puts him in his place and Bolton comes across as a smug moron.

    • guyn
      March 23, 2018, 6:21 pm

      I didn’t knew this Tucker Carlson, but he is good there. Some innocent questions and we can see cracks in the wall.

      • Citizen
        March 24, 2018, 10:00 am

        Tucker Carlson is more rational, more realist than any of his competitors now on cable tv news’infotainment

  5. Atlantaiconoclast
    March 23, 2018, 5:13 pm

    They say that Trump did this for Sheldon Adelson. Trump keeps hiring people who go out of their way to NOT put America, but Israel first.

  6. Atlantaiconoclast
    March 23, 2018, 5:18 pm

    Maybe now people with go after Trump for his policies, not for “colluding with Russia.” But I don’t want to hear any fool on MSNBC pontificate on Bolton for they are just as bad, just with less obviousness.

  7. Kay24
    March 23, 2018, 9:52 pm

    The poison has been strengthened in the WH with this appointment, and this hateful, arrogant man, will be able to convince the racist moron in the Oval office, to kill more Muslims, at the slightest excuse.
    He will be supported and encouraged by the crooked PM of Israel. Iran will be the next victim
    of Western aggression, despite the nuclear agreement working, and other signatories satisfied, that Iran is sticking to their side of the agreement.

    The world is in chaos today, because American led wars, started with fake intelligence, leaders have been toppled (Bolton’s desired method) and our “brilliant” talent of taking a bad situation and making it WORSE. All that at the expense of the Muslim people, who have been provoked by these wars, which have left millions dead, millions injured, and millions of refugees. Do we wonder why we are hated still? Do we wonder why terrorists that never existed before, now use these wars as an excuse to kill and terrorize? We opened Pandora’s box, and we still like to act like we are not the culprits. If the US cannot work with leaders who do not toe our line, WE decide they have to go, and kill thousands of civilians to take “democracy” over there. Looking at Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, it seem the “democracy” we have killed and bombed for, to generously present to them, is a damn disaster, and a huge failure.

    • Misterioso
      March 24, 2018, 11:00 am

      @Kay24, et al

      https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/john-bolton-anti-muslim-bigot-hate-groups_us_5ab52bf2e4b008c9e5f6f1f9

      “John Bolton’s Anti-Muslim Hate”

      By Christopher Mathias, The Huffington Post, March 23/18

      “Trump’s new pick for national security adviser is close with some of the most unhinged anti-Muslim groups in America.”

      EXCERPT:
      “John Bolton is a raging Islamophobe, and on April 9, he’s set to become President Donald Trump’s national security adviser.

      “Trump announced Thursday, to the alarm of foreign policy experts around the world, that Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster in the position. Bolton, who served under President George W. Bush in the State Department and as ambassador to the United Nations, is best known for his support of the Iraq War, in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed.

      “A less well-known but equally troubling aspect of Bolton’s career is his years of involvement with some of the most hateful and conspiratorial elements of the anti-Muslim movement in America.

      “’We urge Americans across the political spectrum to speak out against the appointment of John Bolton as White House National Security Adviser because of his ties to anti-Muslim bigots and his promotion of extremist views that will inevitably harm our nation and that could lead to unnecessary and counterproductive international conflicts,’ Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement Thursday.

      “’Bolton is the last person who should be entrusted with this critically-important position, which requires sound judgment and a fact-based approach to national security matters,’ Awad said.”

      • Kay24
        March 24, 2018, 7:39 pm

        I guess since that Bolt of Hate does not need the approval of Congress, he will be automatically part of the Trump hate squad. Now there are no voices of reason in the White House. The only voices Trump hears anyway, are those in his head. What a disastrous presidency. There are racists pigs operating openly from the White House.

      • echinococcus
        March 24, 2018, 11:39 pm

        Kay,

        What a disastrous presidency

        Yes. Your assessment, however, would have been more useful if it had included a comparison to the infinitely more murderous (as yet) preceding ones, and the probably more disastrous one that was averted.

  8. Sibiriak
    March 23, 2018, 11:26 pm

    Anti-Russia Cold War 2.0 liberals and progressives shouldn’t be too unhappy with Bolton. You reap what you sow.

  9. Yonah Fredman
    March 23, 2018, 11:56 pm

    Those of you who voted for Trump or gave him half a vote by voting 3rd party, “you irresponsible dopes, see what you have done. Your political intelligence wouldn’t fill a thimble.”

    • Citizen
      March 24, 2018, 10:03 am

      So you voted for Hillary?

    • Misterioso
      March 24, 2018, 11:04 am

      @Yonah Fredman

      Moronic comment. At least you’re consistent.

      • Citizen
        March 25, 2018, 6:03 am

        Jonah, During her campaign Hillary promised she would take US relationship with Israel up a couple of tight best pals notches. During his campaign, Trump promised he would end US regime change policy, saying Shrub’s war on Iraq, and Hillary’s on Libya etc, were all fiascos, ruining the Middle East, not helping it. They were both consistent too. Put those promises in your responsible thimble.

      • Yonah Fredman
        March 25, 2018, 10:20 am

        Citizen- If you are pleased by the choice of Bolton, then you were right to vote for Donald Trump. If you are not pleased with the choice, then it seems that Trump’s promises are not worth as much as his bankrupt casinos. So don’t blame me or Adelson or something nefarious. Blame trump and the genius who voted for him.

    • echinococcus
      March 24, 2018, 12:20 pm

      Fredman, that incorrigible dope. Who placed Bolton there if not the Democrat harpy enthusiasts, the alphabet-soup spies and murderers that the Democrats have lathered up and idolized in the hope to get rid of the new clown, and the Zionists? Again, who but the Zionists profit from this absurd game?

    • eljay
      March 24, 2018, 3:16 pm

      || Yonah Fredman: Those of you who voted for Trump or gave him half a vote by voting 3rd party, “you irresponsible dopes, see what you have done. Your political intelligence wouldn’t fill a thimble.” ||

      Gosh, y.f., how do you expect to dialog(ue) with anyone when all you do is scoff?

  10. inbound39
    March 24, 2018, 8:59 am

    Absolutely none of this nonsense will change until Americans demand AIPAC be declared a foreign agent and known pro Israel political funders like Adelson and Saban are shut down for interfering in American Governance by financing obvious bribes to American Politicians so they tow the Zionist line. Americans need to demand Israel ceases to meddle in American Politics and if necessary ban Zionists from holding any Government positions in America. Zionism and its money used for Israeli endeavours is what eats away day by day, year by year at Americas global standing and status. The Special Relationship with Israel and protecting the criminal State of Israel from accountability for its crimes violating International Law ,acts as an anchor around Americas neck.

    • Citizen
      March 24, 2018, 10:08 am

      Agreed. As I understand it, AIPAC was originally an unincorporated subsidiary arm of the incorporated Zionist organization Bobby Kennedy was forcing to register under FARA; said parent dissolved to avoid registering. Said arm incorporated as AIPAC, with all the same people staying in their seats, and they pursued registration delay tactics until Bobby K was murdered. Johnson let the matter drop. It could be picked up again if anyone influential pressed to do so…

  11. Citizen
    March 24, 2018, 10:11 am

    I read that Trump did not like Bolton because he did not like his mustache. He changed his mind. With the team he has now, it’s apparent Trump will go to war rather than fall to Mueller’s investigation.

    • inbound39
      March 25, 2018, 2:45 pm

      It’s clear then that Trump idolizes Netanyahoo. Netanyahoo wants to go to war to attempt saving his sorry ass in court….Trump copycats Netanyahoo. Great! Proof positive that America is an Israeli satellite run from Israel via Adelson and Saban. Come on America……reclaim your land and Government.

      • Kay24
        March 25, 2018, 8:52 pm

        Not going to happen Inbound39, Americans, unlike the Palestinians, are willing victims, and in fact can be easily “controlled”.

  12. James Michie
    March 24, 2018, 2:04 pm

    So how’s gonna do that when Zionist Israel wants ALL of Palestine?

    • James Canning
      March 24, 2018, 2:35 pm

      Fanatical Zionists want to avoid annexing areas of the West Bank with too many Muslims.

  13. genesto
    March 24, 2018, 2:27 pm

    I recall my asking Ray McGovern at an event early last year if John Bolten would be successful in ultimately insinuating himself back into the government, fearing that he just might eventually do so. He insisted that there was no way this would ever happen.

    I respect Ray a great deal, but he turned out to be wrong and my fears have been borne out. This is one of those times I truly wish I had been wrong and Ray right!

  14. James Canning
    March 24, 2018, 2:34 pm

    Egypt has no desire to annex the Gaza portion of Palestine. Jordan has made clear it does not want to include portions of the occupied West Bank as part of Jordan. John Bolton clearly is willing to destroy Jordan in order to assist Israel in its effort to retain most of the West Bank. Bolton is a facilitator of Zionist fanaticism.

  15. Ossinev
    March 24, 2018, 2:45 pm

    @James Michie
    “So how’s gonna do that when Zionist Israel wants ALL of Palestine?”

    I think it has been obvious from the outset that Zionism presupposes possession of all of the land of Palestine = ” the ancient hysterical/historical Jewish homeland”. With the West Bank colonised by a honeycomb of heavily protected Zioenclaves , tiny Gaza blockaded and suffocated and the Jordan Valley secure in pure terms of territory control they have effectively got all of Palestine. Their problem which is an insurmountable one in 2018 is that they still have the Palestinian native population (half the overall population between the river/sea and still breeding). In order to maintain this territorial control they need International Support and they can`t retain that with any variation on a “Final Solution”. to the Palestinian problem. And with the growing international awareness of the self evident Apartheid system and BDS it is the Zios who will soon start to suffocate.

    Tick tick.

    • genesto
      March 24, 2018, 4:33 pm

      Why stop with Palestine when the whole ME is there for the taking?

    • RoHa
      March 24, 2018, 9:34 pm

      “Their problem which is an insurmountable one in 2018 is that they still have the Palestinian native population…”

      Not insurmountable at all. The Israeli government could:

      1. Announce, sorrowfully, that all their efforts at making peace with the Palestinians have failed, in spite of the generous offers the Israelis have made. For the sake of security, Israel cannot retain a large and growing population of people who are sworn enemies of Israel, fanatical terrorists, and anti-Semites within its borders. It is, therefore, sadly necessary to expel them all.

      2. Say “World opinion be blowed”, and kill the lot.

  16. hank
    March 24, 2018, 3:04 pm

    Bolton is widely reviled for his blatant character defects, but generally credited with a superior intellect. But how to reconcile the latter with the cited proposals? The entire Middle East was constructed out of “bits and pieces” of the collapsed Ottoman Empire; why single out the West Bank? Further, Israel itself sits on just such a “bit,” and has the added burden of having been created with a largely imported population. Lastly, how could Jordan create a “viable, functional (Palestinian) state” (or even exercise its own basic sovereignty) on the current swiss-cheesed West Bank map without dlsplacing tens of thousands of Israeli settlers? Good luck with that.

    • genesto
      March 24, 2018, 4:32 pm

      Wisdom and intellect are mutually exclusive. That’s how!

    • John O
      March 24, 2018, 6:43 pm

      Who is crediting him with superior intellect? He graduated from Yale summa cum laude; which just means he was good at passing exams. Here, UK politics is full of people who have similar qualifications from Oxford, but who don’t possess an ounce of common sense; nor, all too often, a shred of humanity.

  17. Ossinev
    March 25, 2018, 10:24 am

    I think it is simply a question of how many days Bolton lasts. Daffy Donald is already reputed to dislike the Groucho moustache(perhaps because he can`t himself grow one ?). Plus he has got a real head of non glued on hair. Plus all the bizarre warmongering crap which he spouts is at least delivered with reasonably coherent media standard English as opposed to DD`s premature ejac splatter delivery.

    All of which will rankle with the attention on me only obsessed DD.

    Hopefully during this short lovey dovey period with DD he won`t actually manage to trigger WW3.

    • John O
      March 25, 2018, 11:18 am

      I was thinking along similar lines. Having two psychopathic bullies in the White House is truly scary but Trump will fall out with Bolton, and probably quite soon – that’s if some Diplodocus sized skeleton doesn’t fall out of Bolton’s broom cupboard in the next few days, enabling him to beat Scaramucci’s short-service record. Sadly, living five hours ahead of EST, I’ll miss a certain TV interview tonight, but I’m looking forward to hearing all about it on Stormy Monday.

      • Mooser
        March 25, 2018, 2:35 pm

        “looking forward to hearing all about it on Stormy Monday.”

        And Tuesday may be just as bad, and Wednesday’s worse, and Thursday’s also bad.

      • Yitzchak Goodman
        March 25, 2018, 3:41 pm

        “And Tuesday may be just as bad, and Wednesday’s worse, and Thursday’s also bad”

        No, Thursday’s “oh so sad.” May T-Bone forgive you.

  18. duglarri
    March 25, 2018, 3:07 pm

    Me I’m wondering when Americans will begin to recognize that what is happening is not just a failure of a President, but a failure of the system.

    How can you have a democracy that is so subject to the whims of a single man?

    No one agrees with Trump on so many things, and yet they are now coming to pass.

    Look at what he is implementing: an end to trade. Racist immigration policy. Massive, unfunded spending. The end of alliances with other democracies. War with everybody.

    How can one man do so much damage? What sort of a system allows it?

    The White House chaos is nothing less or more than his effort to find people who agree with him- when, of course, there are no such people, because he is a party of one. No one agrees with him, because he’s nuts. The mad emperor makes his pronouncements which are senseless, and the courtiers try to make sense of them. And fail.

    I’m reminded of Woody Allen’s dictator from the movie “Bananas”. “From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish.”

    When Trump declares that the official language of the United States will be Swedish, what will the Republicans do?

    Of course they will fall in line.

    No parliamentary system would ever fall into this abyss. A Prime Minister is constrained, and would be removed for this sort of insanity.

    Only a King can’t be removed.

    Or a President.

    The madness of King Don.

    • Keith
      March 25, 2018, 8:10 pm

      DUGLARRI- “No parliamentary system would ever fall into this abyss.”

      Surely you jest. Big money runs the global empire, the form of government of the individual nations largely irrelevant.

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