Friday, March 23, 2018

John Bolton Appointed National Security Adviser

A few days after the 15th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, President Trump tweeted that he would replace his national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton. Bolton's appointment has raised a few eyebrows of concern due to his well-documented very hawkish views. His role in the Iraq War has many worried about U.S. policy toward North Korea and Iran.

Headline: H.R. McMaster out, John Bolton in

IN PROFESSIONAL wrestling, a fake form of combat mistaken for the real thing by some fans, a “carpenter” is a skilled wrestler of middling fame, whose job is to make rising stars look strong and intimidating.

Remember that jargon—and President Donald Trump’s long-standing love of professional wrestling—when trying to understand the seemingly bizarre appointment of John Bolton as the third national security adviser of the Trump administration, replacing Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster, a hard-charging army officer and intellectual who rubbed his president up the wrong way.



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