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The Danger of John Bolton

Posted by Admin On March - 30 - 2018

From: Alexandra Bell
Senior Policy Director
Council for a Livable World 


I don’t say this lightly, but the threat of war has increased markedly. President Trump’s recent appointment of John Bolton as his National Security Advisor, coupled with his nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, has all the appearances of someone assembling a war cabinet.

Not even Trump voters signed up for this. As I told The Huffington Post, “Between Pompeo and Bolton, you’re looking at a neocon foreign policy jacked up on steroids.”

Bolton and Pompeo have both advocated for military engagement in Iran and North Korea, which could start conflicts that could kill hundreds of thousands or more. They both despise the successful Iran nuclear agreement, and have advised the President to withdraw from it. If President Trump truly believes in diplomacy, neither of these two notorious hawks would be anywhere near the White House or State Department.

President Trump seems to be assembling a war cabinet with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. Our work is now more important than ever before. Will you help support our efforts to prevent war with North Korea and Iran?

Mike Pompeo, who worked to destroy the Iran Deal as a Member of Congress, pledged to be a straight-shooter at the CIA. The truth is exactly the opposite. By politicizing intelligence and putting ideology over the facts, Pompeo has fed some of President Trump’s worst impulses on war and peace. John Bolton’s previous achievements include championing a war in Iraq to combat non-existent weapons of mass destruction and sabotaging diplomatic efforts with North Korea. These men will only serve to exacerbate the erratic nature of President Trump.

You can push back against a redux of Bush-era military adventurism. You can contribute to our fight to win back the House for progressive national security in 2018 and put a check on the Trump Administration’s unacceptable policies.

Thank you for your continued support.


Alexandra Bell
Senior Policy Director
Council for a Livable World



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