Who Is John Bolton?

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Apart from being a controversial figure, John Bolton is quite the caricature of resentment and disciplines

John Bolton’s appointment as the security adviser in Trump’s cabinet is a continuation of the type of ideologies, for which Trump had earned recognition, prior to getting elected. Bolton is just another fanatical politician, who likes to practice mediation and building nations, of all things in the world. His appointment actually comes as a surprise because Bolton provides a political alternative, which is at once toxic and cumbersome – Bolton likes to cultivate war and that is naturally not a sufficiently good political environment, even though at least he’s proactive.

Bolton, despite that troubling political slant, actually likes to (always) prioritize American policies and is, interestingly, still somehow disinterested in global affairs – perhaps for this very reason, it wouldn’t be right to picture Bolton as the kind of politician who is deeply interested in the country’s role and wider responsibilities in the world. Bolton really projects a very different kind of image: he likes to be right-wing, he (shockingly) hates the United Nations, even though he had previously served in the organization as an ambassador, he has wrongfully both supported the Iraq war and vouched the need to end the Iran nuclear deal, simply because it was crafted by the Democrats (in power), plus he has called for a change of power in Libya and Syria.

What I found most shocking was that Bolton, who is to take up his new post quite soon, always insists on backtracking progress with both North Korea and Iran, to such an extent, that he feels it’s necessary to wage a war with both states. One of these developing countries have already agreed to peacefully give up nuclear weapons, whilst the other seem far from doing so. Also, both their governments are quite far from acting as vehicles of democracy.

And yet Bolton can’t possibly justify charging ahead with war in Iran and North Korea, either for the difficulty in reaching an agreement with North Korea over nuclear disarmament or for both the nations’ (faulty) style of governments, and this is not least because Bolton is such an extremist political figure himself, with his unjustifiable hatred towards Islam (probably for fundamentalists who really just don’t characterize the religion), like Donald Trump. And yet Bolton will do it because, to put it simply, John just loves war an unhealthy amount and wants to exercise it for states, even when it’s perfectly not required to do so; truthfully, Bolton might fail at democracy miserably that way and seem like such a challenging character but at least Trump’s latest choice is still an entertaining enough politician for everything that Bolton can provide to national politics.