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The Hague Aims for U.S. Soldiers

November 21, 2017

For the first time since it began operating in 2002, the International Criminal Court has put the U.S. in its sights. On Nov. 3, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda initiated an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since mid-2003. This raises the alarming possibility that the court will seek to assert jurisdiction over American citizens.


New US airstrikes may hit Syria

November 20, 2017

We could now well see the next stage in a conventional, or even worse, in a battle that does involve nuclear or chemical weapons, for hegemony in the Middle East between Iran on one side, and the Arabs on the other.


America’s decision on North Korea hinges on Trump’s success in Asia

November 15, 2017

If North Korea achieves deliverable nuclear weapons, it will be able to extort and coerce the United States, Japan, South Korea and others, not to mention opening a vast emporium of nuclear technology for the likes of Iran, other aspiring nuclear weapons states, and even terrorist groups. Arguments that Pyongyang can be contained and deterred as the Soviet Union once was are frank invitations to a new system of international terror, under terms and conditions far different from the Cold War.


Lebanon’s fall would be Iran’s gain

November 14, 2017

The Trump administration cannot continue idly watching Iran advance without opposition. Washington and its regional allies need a comprehensive strategy to deal with Iran, not a series of ad hoc responses to regional developments. Time is fast running out.


Amb. John Bolton: America’s embassy in Israel should be moved to Jerusalem – NOW

November 8, 2017

Whether to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has long been a subject of political debate in the U.S. and abroad. It’s time now to resolve the debate by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and relocating our embassy there on incontestably Israeli sovereign territory.


What Pres. Trump must tell China

November 6, 2017

Unless you’re prepared to leave North Korea with nuclear weapons, if China doesn’t deliver with its unique capability to pressure the North Koreans and denuclearize them, then the United States is going to have to look at doing it on its own. And nobody wants to talk about the military option, but that’s basically all there is left.


Thanks to Obama, America is two steps behind Iran in Middle East

October 23, 2017

President Trump must not allow bureaucratic inertia to block his efforts against Iran’s threat. Washington should recognize Kurdish independence and urgently supply training and equipment, particularly armor and artillery which the Kurds need to withstand the U.S. equipment previously supplied to Baghdad’s forces.


Amb. Bolton: North Korea’s nuclear war threat is propaganda

October 17, 2017

This is propaganda from the North Korean’s and they are trying to intimidate those Americans who are capable of being intimidated. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of them. The threat in the region is North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. That’s what we have been grappling with unsuccessfully for over twenty-five years. The idea that somehow we’re responsible is ludicrous, except to those who believe that kind of North Korean propaganda.


Eric Shawn reports: Changing the Iran deal

We could argue about whether Iran has violated the specific provisions contained in the deal regarding uranium enrichment. I think that’s irrelevant. They shouldn’t have any uranium enrichment at all. They have been pursuing nuclear weapons for twenty-five years or more. They haven’t given it up. They are still pursuing it today.


A Slow Death for the Iran Deal

The Iran nuclear deal, which Mr. Trump has excoriated repeatedly, is hanging by an unraveling thread. Congress won’t improve it. American and European businesses proceed at their own peril on trade or investment with Iran. The deal should have died last week and will breathe its last shortly.


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ABOUT JOHN BOLTON

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.