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Posted By: Judy W., 9/12/2019 5:35:21 AM

On the eve of the annual 9/11 observances, America's National Security Advisor John Bolton was either fired (per Trump) or resigned (per Bolton). The dispute is being portrayed as one between a Bush-era neocon and an "America First" Trump. But that is something of an over-simplification. As I wrote upon Bolton's appointment a year and a half ago: Bolton is viewed with suspicion as a 'neocon', which is not a term of much practical use these days. But then so was his predecessor - H R McMaster. So the substitution might be of no more significance than a neocon whom Trump likes the company of taking the job of


This is highly entertaining and it will leave you with great respect for Bolton. He is that rare government figure who is not at all intimidated by the internationalist elites and shocks the heck out of “respectable” politicians.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: LesUNo 9/12/2019 7:31:42 AM (No. 177735)
Brilliant and insightful. Not a team player.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: spacer 9/12/2019 7:37:14 AM (No. 177741)
I wonder if Mark will be invited back to Tuckers show.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: tom7 9/12/2019 7:41:26 AM (No. 177744)
The thing I like best about Bolton is that he is not that madman McMaster.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: fayebeck 9/12/2019 8:10:09 AM (No. 177772)
Could it be that Bolton is serious and Trump isn't?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: worried 9/12/2019 8:36:18 AM (No. 177802)
I didn't see anywhere talk about why Bolton resigned/fired. Could it possibly be a disagreement about something, where neither refused to back down? Not a good idea to buck heads with the boss!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: TexaTucky 9/12/2019 9:15:14 AM (No. 177842)
#4, could it be that Trump listened to the voters who don't want endless wars and Bolton thinks the neocon Elites know best?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo 9/12/2019 9:20:47 AM (No. 177853)
President Trump in his Twitter feed gave the reason--- "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week." President Trump asked for his resignation (you're fired) and Bolton gave him his resignation (he resigned).
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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman 9/12/2019 9:55:47 AM (No. 177895)
First: as usual you gotta luv Mark Steyn. Next: you gotta respect President Trump and former Ambassador Bolton. They are both good, honorable patriots with different points of view. Then: There is legitimacy to both points of view. And that is the whole point of our Republic: honorable men [and women] can disagree - - honorably. History and bitter experience will determine who may be correct. Pray that we all get it "right".
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Reply 9 - Posted by: HotRod 9/12/2019 10:14:55 AM (No. 177914)
I wish FOX would dump Shep or one of the other low-rated hosts and give Steyn a show- if Steyn would take it! Steyn is intelligent and humorous, and brutally honest. I know that TV big wigs are so sensitive to criticism from the deranged left that they probably couldn't bear to let anyone know that they had even entertained the idea.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 11:38:31 AM (No. 178009)
I always like Steyn, but I got lost in this one. Assuming the bold parts are his current thinking and the rest dates back to the time of Bolton’s UN appointment, I could not find a (bold) ending to this current piece. ???? What am I missing? It appears that Steyn likes Bolton - as I have - but that he turned out to be the wrong person for the current job at this time ? It wouldn’t be the first time that a talented person was miscast for a job or for a job after its parameters had changed.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: TXknitter 9/12/2019 2:54:34 PM (No. 178154)
I appreciate as much as anyone the brilliant job does as a political wordsmith. Mark seems to put an inordinate amount of stock in Bolton’s expertise at cocktail parties. However, the fact that Bolton had all the favorite Deep State reporters on speed dial shows me a lot. Tucker Carlson’s analysis was factual. Bolton IS a man of the left. He is part of the Washington system who absolutely hired Obama devotees all through his department.
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