The World According To John Bolton... In His Own Words


Trump's new national security adviser has been branded a bully, abrasive and 'unhinged'. Here are some of his most outspoken statements...

John Bolton is set to replace HR McMaster as Donald Trump's national security adviser in a Lazarus-like resurrection for a man regarded as among the most hawkish of American politicians. 

The US president announced the move on Thursday afternoon.

Bolton will become Trump's third national security advisor in less than 15 months. Last year, Michael Flynn was forced to step down because of his failure to disclose that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador in Washington before Trump took office.

Bolton is a Bush-era defence under-secretary and former ambassador to the UN, and one of the signatories to the influential, pre-9/11 neo-conservative "Project for a New American Century", which openly called for the unilateral removal of Saddam Hussein.

Described by critics as abrasive, confrontational and, in one case, "unhinged", Bolton was accused of manipulating US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq war and of abusive treatment of his subordinates.

He joins the president's new-look top team - Mike Pompeo, the former CIA chief, is Trump's new secretary of state. Gina Haspel becomes the CIA's new spymaster.

John Bolton

On the UN, 1994: "There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that's the United States, when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along."

On UN bureaucracy, 1994 (scroll to 16.00 in video below): "The secretariat building in New York has 38 storeys. If you lost 10 storeys today, it wouldn't make a bit of difference. The UN is one of the most inefficient... organisations going, Unesco is even worse and things go downhill from there."

On UN reform, 2000: "If I were redoing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world... the United States." (Bolton later claimed he had been quoted out of context)

On Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, 2002: "We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction."

On Bush's 'axis of evil' of Iran, Iraq and North Korea, 2002: There is "a hard connection between these regimes - an 'axis' along which flow dangerous weapons and dangerous technology."

On Iran in 2009, before the signing of the international nuclear deal: "Ultimately, the only thing that will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons is regime change in Tehran."

Advocating US-Israel bombing of Iran, 2015: "Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed. Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran's opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran."

On claims Barack Obama is a Muslim, 2016: "King Abdullah of Jordan, who is not simply the Muslim king of a Muslim country - unlike our president." 

On the attempted coup against Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 2016: "Erdogan... wants an Islamic state. The failed military coup was most likely the last gasp of the secular generals. Whether he goes on to declare a Turkish caliphate or not, I don't know, but he has laid the ground."

On the Iranian nuclear deal, 2016: "The Iran nuclear deal, in my opinion, was the worst act of appeasement in American history."

On Israel, 2017: “The Middle East peace process has long needed clarity and an injection of reality, and Trump has provided it by making the decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”

On Russia, 2018: "There needs to be a strategic response to Russia's new nuclear missiles to show our allies in Europe that we will not let Russia push the US or its allies around."

Bolton has also appeared in an unusual Russian video in which he talks about loosening gun laws for Russians, NPR reported on Thursday.

In 2013, he recorded a video for the Russian group Right to Bear Arms, which was founded politician Alexander Torshin. Torshin is under investigation by Robert Mueller for possibly funneling money into the NRA to help Trump during the 2016 US presidential election.

"Thank you for this opportunity to address the Russian people on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Russian Constitution," Bolton said.

"Were the Russian national government to grant a broader right to bear arms to its people, it would be creating a partnership with its citizens that would better allow for the protection of mothers, children and families without in any way compromising the integrity of the Russian state," he added in the video.

Others on John Bolton

"I think I would rest easy if he was dog catcher in Stone Mountain, Georgia. But maybe not."

Carl Ford, former head of the State Department's intelligence bureau.

"It concerns me that Trump would put someone in charge who is unhinged as far as believing in absolute and total intervention."

Rand Paul, Republican senator.

"My long-standing support for a fix for the Iran deal may have just died an untimely death."

- Mark Dubowitz, Foundation for Defence of Democracies think tank, on Bolton's appointment.



greenskeeper carl Whoa Dammit Fri, 03/23/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

I said, on here, that one of the good things about trump winning is that he won't have people like this in the White House. This is the kind of person I'd expect in a Jeb! white house. Unhinged is the perfect word to describe him. There are few people I loathe as much as chicken hawks. If this asshole thinks invading all these countries is such a great idea, put his ass on the front line. I also don't understand how Trump can want such a person on his staff. He has correctly called Iraq a complete disaster, and was deeply critical over what we are doing in the region in general. To invite one of the key architects of said disaster to advise him on anything is fucking retarded. In a sane world, such people would be ostracized and no one would listen to them. They'd be spending the rest of their lives in hiding. But no, we are supposed to trust the same people that led us into Iraq when it comes to dealing with countries like Iran.

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NumbersUsa BarnacleBill Fri, 03/23/2018 - 21:46 Permalink

John B. the jew supremacist Z.O.A. ambassador- He is jew supremacist through & through !!

Z.O.A. is "Zionist Organization of America"

John is backed by every jew supremacists organization of the world.……

israels Man "john bolton"

Headline News: "john the jew bolton joins trump the orange jew"

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uhland62 BarnacleBill Sat, 03/24/2018 - 00:37 Permalink

Very much so - Trump's election platform was to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, not fuss about incessantly with foreign policies.

His mandate has been broken with Bolton's appointment and slowly but surely Trump will find that his domestic support base is crumbling away on all sides. 

For those of us outside the US, we have to say 'thank you, President Trump for showing your true face by appointing someone who enjoys bringing war to other people's streets. We cannot stop you, but we will withdraw our support bit by bit. As contracts run out, we will not renew.'

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greenskeeper carl rockstone Fri, 03/23/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

I'm the biggest asshole in the world for thinking that just maybe trump would be different and better than Jeb!? Well, I certainly won't be lonely, theres a lot of us here that were hoping that.


Yes, I've seen the spending bill, and yes, Im pissed about that too. But neither of these things happened before the election, in case you weren't aware, so they can hardly be thrown in people's faces who thought that perhaps he might actually stick to a few of his promises since he wasn't a politician. But, unfortunately, he has turned into just another politician. What a fucking weed he has had. Bolton is in, bump stocks are banned, and he signed that monstrosity of a budget. He is 100% fucked in 2020. I often wonder if he actually wants to be reelected. He certainly doesn't act like it.

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rockstone greenskeeper carl Fri, 03/23/2018 - 21:01 Permalink

Of course he doesn’t want re-elected. He never did. He’s made history and stoked his ego. Now he gets to go party with hookers and porn stars and tell people like Howard Stern what rubes guys like you are. It’s like he bet them all a buck. “Pay up you pussies! Ha ha ha!” He’s going to declare his own kind of political bankruptcy and walk away a “winner” using some kind of pretzel logic. You may fall for that too. You’re almost making me feel bad about the “asshole” comment. If I’d have known you had this much trouble understanding things, I might have left it out.

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Expat duck dodgers Sat, 03/24/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

LOL. It really did not take long for TRumptards to switch from "Trump is independent.  He will drain the swamp.  He is a genius.  He is the greatest negotiator in history.  48 dimensional chess grand master!" to "It's not his fault.  They are all too strong.  He is a puppet.  Not our fault.  Not our fault.  Not our fault"

Need some tissues and safe space?

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CatInTheHat greenskeeper carl Sat, 03/24/2018 - 09:38 Permalink

You've learned an invaluable lesson. The same one that those of us who elected Barry, twice, have learned (but not all)...

Look at behaviors and choices not words. Every politician is a pathological liar and predatory. Seems to me that the biggest qualifier for getting elected is is having an antisocial personality disorder. 

People need to stop putting their politicians on pedestals. If only I could count the promises these asshats NEVER keep. They are all swine .Cowards. 

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Count Cherep CatInTheHat Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:17 Permalink

CatInTheHat: Look at behaviors and choices not words. Every politician is a pathological liar and predatory. Seems to me that the biggest qualifier for getting elected is is having an antisocial personality disorder.

Count Cherep: I basically agree with you, but rather than the term  "antisocial personality disorder", I would use the word psychopath.

Psychopathy is poorly understood by the general public and even by many "mental health professionals".

Here are some resources to help understand what psychopaths are:

The Psychopath: Truly and Fundamentally Different…

Hare Psychopathy Checklist

The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is a diagnostic tool used to rate a person's psychopathic or antisocial tendencies. People who are psychopathic prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods that allow them to get with they want. The symptoms of psychopathy include: lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard for the law, shallow emotions, and a history of victimizing others.


The twenty traits assessed by the PCL-R score are:

  • glib and superficial charm
  • grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
  • need for stimulation
  • pathological lying
  • cunning and manipulativeness
  • lack of remorse or guilt
  • shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
  • callousness and lack of empathy
  • parasitic lifestyle
  • poor behavioral controls
  • sexual promiscuity
  • early behavior problems
  • lack of realistic long-term goals
  • impulsivity
  • irresponsibility
  • failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  • many short-term marital relationships
  • juvenile delinquency
  • revocation of conditional release
  • criminal versatility…



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rejected rockstone Fri, 03/23/2018 - 21:37 Permalink

"How you could expect anything  different from Trump than you would Jeb! is beyond comprehension."

Relativism isn't a very good argument.

None of the other candidates were calling it like Trump. He bullshitted his way in office.

I don't blame the deplorables,,, had I voted it probably would have been for Trump but after 70 years of being lied to I stayed away.

The country is history now,,, just a matter of when. Voting won't change anything,,, surely most can see that. Possibly millions marching on Washington and tossing the bums out but Americans will never break away from their couch and favorite sport shows and social networks.

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rockstone rejected Fri, 03/23/2018 - 23:58 Permalink

“Relativism isn’t a very good argument.”


It is when the other guy has already mentioned Jeb!. In fact, it’s not even relativism at all. It was an observation of the absurdity of the original comment.

I applaud your decision to remain at home and agree with the rest of your comments. It’s over. They only need to keep the TV’s on and the internet humming a little while longer while the frogs come to a full boil. I give us 18 months.


Good luck.

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Mineshaft Gap greenskeeper carl Sat, 03/24/2018 - 03:33 Permalink

"I also don't understand how Trump can want such a person on his staff."

Appointing this feral lunatic is the final straw for me. I pretty much gave up on Trump last year, as it became clear that without Bannon he bore little resemblance to the man who'd campaigned. (This is what Michael Wolff did best in his book: capturing the overly idealistic Bannon losing his marbles as he realizes it's all going to hell because the boss is...well....) Half-heartedly I've continued to hope that somehow Trump would make trouble for Dem and GOP piggies. Block the next fucking war. Squeeze money for the wall out of them. Jumping on the Russia hog pile, collapsing on the spending bill and installing a neocon's neocon as his foreign policy brain dash what was left of those hopes. I'd still like to see the DNC-FBI-FISA conspirators get their comeuppance; we're entitled to a little something for this colossal lost opportunity.

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Count Cherep greenskeeper carl Sat, 03/24/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

Recommended reading:

“The machiavelian threefold game of the neoconservatives”

by Laurent Guyénot

To realize their fantasies of world domination, the neocons resorted to a triple discourse, as Laurent Guyénot shows in this study, i.e. a cynical political philosophy developed by their mentor Leo Strauss for domestic consumption; a cold analysis of Israeli strategic interests for the benefit of the leaders in Tel Aviv, and a fear-mongering warning against imaginary dangers besetting U.S. public opinion.


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Deep Snorkeler Whoa Dammit Fri, 03/23/2018 - 20:10 Permalink

Warlord Bolton

He will magically smash our enemies as

America ramps up cadaver production bigly.

The United States Space Force is a violent unseen assassin.

Trump relies on extracts from the testicles of young bulls.

NASA will spend $billions exploring Jupiter's icy moons.

Green-hued night cams watch you.

You must make sacrifices for the war effort.

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SoDamnMad Whoa Dammit Sat, 03/24/2018 - 00:04 Permalink

So Russia poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skirpal, BUT of the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997 and with 96% of declared stockpiles destroyed by Jan 2018, we find in this new $1.3 trillion budget deal  $961 million to destroy our chemical weapons. But this won't be completed until 2023.  Our new and improved John Bolton  has proceeded to attack nearly every major multilateral convention, including the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming, the Land Mines Convention in Ottawa and the International Criminal Court. Over the years, he also has taken on the Biological Weapons Convention and the World Trade Organization, among other multilateral treaties, and continues to do so.

So I guess Russia did it with the stockpiles they don't have but we negotiate to destroy stockpiles but we don't.

Yep got it. 

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