"The Obama People Better Start Packing Their Shit" - John Bolton Expected To "Clean House" At The NSC

The cautious and considered HR McMaster is leaving the White House to be replaced by one of the most polarizing, irascible figures operating in contemporary national security circles: Former UN Ambassador John Bolton.

Bolton, who recently penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that a preemptive strike against North Korea would be both legal AND desirable, is widely believed to be one of the most interventionist figures to ever hold a senior position in the US government. Case in point: Before 9/11, Bolton helped found a group calling for the unilateral overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Rand Paul declared that Trump was wrong to trust someone who is "unhinged as far as believing in absolute and total intervention."

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So it should hardly come as a surprise that Bolton plans to shake up the National Security Council staff when he arrives in the West Wing.  Foreign Policy reports that Bolton, Trump's third NSA in 15 months, is preparing to begin firing staff and replacing them with his own allies, as well as a few allies of former NSA Michael Flynn, who share Bolton's hawkish views.

As one might expect, the Obama holdovers and McMaster loyalists will be the first to go. But they won't be the only ones: Those targeted for removal include officials believed to have been disloyal to President Donald Trump - especially those who have leaked about the president to the media.

"Bolton can and will clean house," one former White House official said.

Another source said "He is going to remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in."

A second former White House official offered a blunt assessment of former Obama officials currently detailed or appointed to the NSC: "Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit."

The circumstances surrounding McMaster's departure will only embolden his successor to make sweeping changes. As FP reports, McMaster was reportedly planning to hang on for a few more months, but a recent leak about Trump's decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin.

McMaster’s departure may have been hastened by leaks emanating from the White House. Two sources familiar with the matter said McMaster was going to stay on until early summer.

But when the Washington Post reported this week that Trump had congratulated Putin in a phone call on his fraudulent election win — after receiving written briefing materials from the NSC instructing him not to congratulate Putin — the president reacted furiously and blamed McMaster. The story caused Trump to speed up McMaster’s departure, the sources said.

Bolton is already in talks with certain longtime advisors and is likely preparing to offer several of them jobs in the West Wing. One such advisor is Matthew Freedman, a Republican consultant who previously advised Bolton at the State Department and the United Nations.  Freedman and many other Bolton allies are pushing the incoming national security advisor to make sweeping changes (changes that will, of course, benefit them).

On Thursday evening, just hours after Trump tapped him for the job, Bolton held a call with longtime advisors, including Matthew Freedman, a Republican consultant who once advised Bolton at the State Department and the United Nations. Freedman is currently helping manage the transition, according to a source familiar with the call.

"Freedman is a very political guy that Bolton likes," one Republican source said. "He is overly ambitious about cleaning house."

Freedman disputed that account, saying he was not aware of the Thursday phone call. "I can tell you there is no list," he said.

Another source close to Bolton said it was premature to be talking about personnel changes.

While Trump might object to Bolton's mustache (the president has a distaste for men with facial hair), the two at least see eye to eye on policy issues. In a way, Bolton could be considered a "proto-Trumpian" figure due to his criticism of the United Nations and the European Union - positions that Trump has also embraced. 

Bolton's friends believe this closeness will allow Bolton to make swift changes at the White House. Indeed, Bolton's allies already have two names that should be at the top of Bolton's list of staff to fire: Deputy NSA Nadia Schadlow and former McMaster deputy Ricky Waddell.

Among the officials Bolton’s allies are urging him to fire is Nadia Schadlow, currently the deputy national security advisor for strategy. Schadlow was the primary author of the administration’s recently released National Security Strategy, which was viewed as a surprisingly mainstream document that reaffirmed many traditional U.S. foreign-policy positions. Another official likely to be targeted in a Bolton purge is McMaster’s deputy, Ricky Waddell.

It wouldn’t be the first purge to follow a change in Trump’s national security advisor. When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster replaced retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in the job last year, McMaster systematically eliminated officials seen as loyal to his predecessor. According to four sources close to the White House, those so-called "Flynnstones" - advisors loyal to Flynn - are believed to be plotting their return to the NSC.

Whether Bolton will sign off on the staff purge his allies and advisors are pushing is less clear, though he has been insistent about ousting so-called Obama holdovers. "You could easily say that people close to Bolton want these people to go," one source said. Other sources stress that Bolton, a veteran bureaucratic infighter, makes his own decisions.

A source close to Bolton cautioned that any staffing changes would take time, given the need to process security clearances. That means Bolton will likely be stuck with his current staff for the May summit meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump and Bolton have reportedly discussed staffing changes since at least last July, when Bolton was offered the job as McMaster’s deputy - a position currently held by Waddell. Trump told Bolton that the deputy job would lead to the top post, but Bolton declined, saying he’d rather wait until he was offered the national security advisor job.

However, there are two factors that Bolton's allies believe could make life difficult for the former ambassador to the UN.

One is his hawkishness toward Russia - which puts him at odds with Trump (though Trump, who is planning to expel dozens of Russian diplomats over the Skripal incident).

Another is whether he manages to get along with Chief of Staff John Kelly - very much a supporter of the establishment view of American foreign policy. Bolton also has Trump's ear, which could lead to tensions between the two men. Since he arrived in the West Wing, Kelly has proven incredibly effective at keeping his job, and has helped dispatch many West Wing rivals.

Bolton will need to tread carefully if he wants to outlast his two predecessors.

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Chupacabra-322 Sat, 03/24/2018 - 15:31 Permalink

Zionist War Pig.  

 

Any day now watch them break out the exact same False Narrative, PsyOp “Iran Has Nuclear Weapons” Script.

Don’t Full yourselves.

These Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths are going “All In.”

Dickguzinya manofthenorth Sat, 03/24/2018 - 16:08 Permalink

These scumbags should have packed their shit, and been thrown out, as soon as President Trump took the oath of office.

On another note, i'm greatly disappointed that President Trump did not veto that monstrosity of a bill to fund the government, loaded with all of that pork.  He has a majority in the House and the Senate, albeit with many scum bag establishment rino's, and he still signs off on that drek.  What the fuck!  A shit load of our money going to foreign entities who hate our guts, and provide nothing of use to our country.  Fucking pieces of shit. 

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Conscious Reviver Bes Sat, 03/24/2018 - 20:36 Permalink

"As one might expect, the Obama holdovers and McMaster loyalists will be the first to go."

Who writes this garbage? Putin's election fraud? GTFOOH.

Obama's people, McMaster's people, Rump's people? They're all Swamp People.

More Blood sacrifice for the Zionist people, here we go. FalconFlight chimes in to signal the Zinos could not be happier. Trump/Bolton = MIGA

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Creative_Destruct Conscious Reviver Sun, 03/25/2018 - 00:37 Permalink

" ..one of the most interventionist figures to ever hold a senior position in the US government. Case in point: Before 9/11, Bolton helped found a group calling for the unilateral overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Rand Paul declared that Trump was wrong to trust someone who is 'unhinged as far as believing in absolute and total intervention.' "

Trump ran on nonintervention and now has the UBER-INTERVENTIONIST as one of his top advisers.

And yes, the rest of the Swamp creatures, which includes Obama's people, are not too far down the interventionist ladder.

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evoila warsev Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:40 Permalink

Bolton's ex-wife needs to step up her #metoo game.  Apparently there are reports she was forced into group sex by him back in the 80's. My guess is the Israelis got their hands on the video, and ever since he has been their lap dog.  They might as well have something on Trump too the way he's going about sucking on their nuts night and day too.

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overbet Super Sleuth Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:44 Permalink

This theory and analysis makes sense. The problem I have with it is unless Trump was raping women, like Bill Clinton, I dont think his base cares about his past indiscretions so long as he stuck to the agenda he campaigned on. I certainly wouldnt care if he fucked every Miss USA contestant or had 100 head orgies with coke and molly. That's his business as long as he isnt a pedo or rapist why care? 

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rgraf Betrayed Sat, 03/24/2018 - 21:35 Permalink

They're mostly flag wavers. They still believe that a republic protects individual rights. It does not. It is rule of the elite. Both parties dealt themselves massive, gaping wounds. A lot of crossover vote for Trump. Look for another swing back to the democrats, at least in the polls. Expect massive ballot fraud, and a pissed off populace after this November.

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11b40 rgraf Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:34 Permalink

Every election is different, and the aggregate results come from each individual election.  Ubtil you know ALL the names on a ballot, there is no way to judge an outcome with any validity.

So, who is going to beat Trump?  Offering up a generic candidate is meaningless.  Give us some names, please, then let's see what everyone thinks.

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Mustahattu Betrayed Sun, 03/25/2018 - 00:38 Permalink

The orangutan gave hope pre-election but instead of less war there's going to moar war as he's gone full jootard. The base is in total disbelief but some are still hanging on because they think he's a genius and is playing the swamp like a master chess player. I reckon they will be greatly disappointed.

American millennials! Get ready for the draft as your sacrifice is needed in the Middle East because the joo needs to expand their territories to Syria and Lebanon. There's LNG in them shores!

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Socratic Dog Super Sleuth Sat, 03/24/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

Likely you're right, Trump is being blackmailed.  At the least, the Swamp has won.  Bolton?  Christ, he may as well have appointed Cheney.

What a crap article.  Putin won through election fraud?  Sure.  And firing Obama holdouts?  The (((Neocons))) ran Obama's foreign policy, read "wars", just as they ran both Bushs' and Clinton's.  Now it's being undeniably demonstrated, they're running Trump's.  All his fine-sounding words about taking on the NWO, about Draining the Swamp, all bullshit.  Slogans and issues chosen by focus groups, no doubt.  We were had.  Just as many of us knew might turn out to be the case.

He lost me long ago, but I was still continuing to hope he might turn out to be genuine.  No coming back from Bolton.  Can't see him winning a second term.

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any_mouse NVTRIC Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:37 Permalink

Yes, replace the "Obama people" with "Bush people", er "Reagan people". I mean "Trump people". Like Kushner and Mnuchin.

Yes, this will make a tiny difference in the government of the super wealthy, for the super wealthy, and by the super wealthy.

"Ball Earth" is the long running historical hoax that we should all be concerned about. (/sarc for those who require it.)

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curbjob Bay of Pigs Sat, 03/24/2018 - 17:42 Permalink

"The Obama People Better Start Packing Their Shit" 

I never thought I would miss Obama people.

 

"Here we are, like the dummies of the world, because we had bad politicians running our country for a long time," 

"That was Bush. Another real genius. That was Bush," Trump joked. "That turned out to be wonderful intelligence. Great intelligence agency there."

Donald Trump earlier this month. 

So tell me again why he's taking advice from the architect of this fuck up ?

 

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uhland62 Klassenfeind Sat, 03/24/2018 - 20:02 Permalink

The swamp is mostly winning; there's just an awful lot of money in the swamp to buy quislings.

 

Obama said 'we must write the rules"- typical superiority complex that keeps the swamp afloat. But I personally think that many people will gradually show the US the cold shoulder now that Bolton is back on a case by case basis. Not everybody made money from killing Saddam and setting the ME alight. 

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DemandSider Klassenfeind Sun, 03/25/2018 - 00:41 Permalink

Orange Jesus? Orange buffoon, maybe, and I voted for him. Most Trump voters, myself included, saw the alternative, Clinton, the PROVEN warmonger, who approved of the Iraq war; who helped start wars in Libya and Honduras, and was pushing for a "no fly zone" in Syria, and thought, "what have we got to lose?" Given the same 2 candidates in 2020, I would do it, again. If you don't see the relationship between Hillary's Libya operation and the hoard of refugees besieging Europe, you need to turn off the noeliberal media for a while.

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