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Bolton: ‘This Was the Best Speech of the Trump Presidency’

September 19, 2017

I think these are about as clear an indication a president can make that he is not going to live with the kind of half-measures and compromises that frankly for 25 years, have marked American policy and led us to the present desperate situation where both of these countries [Iran and North Korea] are on the verge of getting deliverable nuclear weapons.

Bolton on North Korea: We’re at a very perilous point

September 12, 2017

Listen to the way that North Korea talks. They don’t have the capability to hit us yet, but when they do, maybe they will act that way. I think we are at a very perilous point.

Iran deal devotees try in vain to save a sinking ship

September 11, 2017

A deliverable nuclear-weapons capability in the hands of Tehran’s ayatollahs and the Revolutionary Guards, religious extremists supported by a fascist military, could make another 9/11 far deadlier than the first. This is not the time to light candles to Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, but to snuff them out.

16 years later: Lessons put into practice?

The radical Islamicist ideology manifested that day has neither receded nor “moderated” as many naive Westerners predicted. Neither has the ideology’s hatred for America or its inclination to conduct terrorist attacks. Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution brought radical Islam to the contemporary world’s attention, and it is no less malevolent today than when it seized our Tehran embassy, holding U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days.

What ‘News Gathering’ Looks Like at the New York Times

September 8, 2017

Allegations of leftist bias in the media are often difficult to prove because of the lack of hard evidence that a reporter has already made up his or her mind before a story runs. One can examine the resulting story itself, but having clear indications of bias in the reporter is obviously more probative.

Well, here we have it, reprinted below: an email sent from a New York Times reporter to the media adviser to the PAC I established to support Senate and House candidates who favor a strong U.S. foreign policy.

FDR’s ‘rattlesnake’ rule & the North Korean threat

September 6, 2017

Uttered 60 years to the day before 9/11, and less than three months before Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt’s words still resonate. North Korea’s sixth nuclear test last weekend, along with its significantly increased ballistic-missile testing, establishes that Pyongyang is perilously close to being able to hit targets across the continental United States with nuclear warheads, perhaps thermonuclear ones.

The Danger of a Jihadist Pakistan

August 30, 2017

Almost certainly, the war in Afghanistan will be won or lost in Pakistan. President Trump’s announcement last week that he will send more U.S. troops—some sources say another 4,000—to Afghanistan represents a change in tactics from President Obama’s policy. But the ultimate objective is still opaque, and even once the specifics are articulated, what may ultimately matter more is the still-undeveloped “South Asia policy” promised by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Abrogating the Iran Deal: The Way Forward

August 28, 2017

I have provided a plan to abrogate the Iran Deal, since the president’s advisers refuse to do so. I offer the paper now as a public service, since staff changes at the White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible. Although he was once kind enough to tell me “come in and see me any time,” those days are now over.

North Korea gearing up for sixth nuclear test?

If we leave North Korea continuing down this road they will have the capability to use nuclear blackmail and the threat of nuclear weapons to force U.S. forces out of South Korea.

Amb. Bolton: Afghanistan will be won or lost in Pakistan

August 21, 2017

Pakistan is a nuclear power and to see them tip into terrorist control themselves would give us North Korea or Iran on steroids.

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Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.