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McMaster out; Replaced by John Bolton

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    Dutch -- If you leave us and move back to Europe will you find peace of mind? Europe has been changing while you were away.

    The Resurgence of Neo-nationalism, Is the world moving toward managed globalization?

    "During the recent years, the world has been increasingly getting swept by a resurgent wave of nationalism. Election of BJP’s Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister, Brexit in Europe, the rise of Donald Trump in the United States, the return of populist, xenophobic and racist movements to the Netherlands, and other such happenings in Europe signify the resurgence of neo-nationalism in countries once known for their multiculturalism. The reason behind this resurgence is the strong popular sentiment that sees economic and national sovereignty as the necessary condition for self-determination and radical social change. The success of the neo-nationalist politicians can also be explained by their efforts to restore the old sense of community and source of identification. It is now crystal clear that the rising nationalism will lead the world toward a ‘managed’ form of globalization".

    Maybe there will be space for you on the first ship to Mars. Happy

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    Dockadams Wrote: Me thinks both are the same, both want to start wars.

    Dock, if you look at the US history, then it should be clear that every time a President gets cornered, then the only escape seems to be to start a war. The history books here are full of it. We are still paying the price for all our instigated wars since WWII, plenty of crippled veterans are still costing us fortunes. Then we have now an ignorant brainless "child" in the W.H. who only wants to expand our war machine at enormous cost, which creates an "arms race"; who does not read, let alone history books. What good is it having all these "gorgeous" killing tools if you can't use it? Only in the second WWII we had a reason to "attack" other countries who attacked us. Since WWII no one attacked us, but we attacked lots of others. As long as we think we can "bully" the world, then we will loose eventually; the world could be a nice place if we would stop "meddling" in everything. Wars should only be allowed if someone directly attacked US soil. For everything else there is the UN as well diplomacy should be the only weapon.

    Just one question: Are we safer now than in 1945? Did all the wars since then help us or the countries we attacked? Sorry, the trillions we spent on all our wars could have made this country a great place where everyone would have free healthcare and great free education as well as fantastic social services, let alone a less costly burden for veterans to care for.

    Wars don't solve anything, except making a few people rich over lots of dead bodies. Will this country ever learn?

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dutch -- If you leave us and move back to Europe will you find peace of mind? Europe has been changing while you were away.

    The Resurgence of Neo-nationalism, Is the world moving toward managed globalization?

    "During the recent years, the world has been increasingly getting swept by a resurgent wave of nationalism. Election of BJP’s Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister, Brexit in Europe, the rise of Donald Trump in the United States, the return of populist, xenophobic and racist movements to the Netherlands, and other such happenings in Europe signify the resurgence of neo-nationalism in countries once known for their multiculturalism. The reason behind this resurgence is the strong popular sentiment that sees economic and national sovereignty as the necessary condition for self-determination and radical social change. The success of the neo-nationalist politicians can also be explained by their efforts to restore the old sense of community and source of identification. It is now crystal clear that the rising nationalism will lead the world toward a ‘managed’ form of globalization".

    Maybe there will be space for you on the first ship to Mars. Happy

    Schmidt, thanks.

    Yes you got it right; however guess who's fault is it? When I lived there, then there was no invasion of Iraq by the US. Thus the country had no problem with refugee's. Since the influx of the "Muslim" crowd the Dutch culture kind of changed. Thus thank you America! The US is the cause of a lot of unrest in the world; Europe hates wars; here they seem to love it ask Bolton. The US never had a war on their own soil since the civil war ; so they don't have a clue what it is like to see your family and environment destroyed. There are still nice places in Europe without too much politics or disturbances. Since we still have many friends over there as well Marijke's and my grown up "kids" we know what is going on there. The Dutch stay the Dutch as always and will find a solution; at least they don't have Trump or his family. The Dutch royalty is more fun!

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    Okay...I cannot "change your brain" so I'll move on. Getting back to the topic, as reported in the Hill, John Bolton's first order of business is to "clean house" in the NSC.

    "Sources close to the situation told Foreign Policy that John Bolton is preparing to "clean house" and remove nearly all of the political appointees brought in by his predecessor.

    "Bolton can and will clean house," one former White House official told Foreign Policy.

    "Another former official said that any National Security Council officials appointed under former President Obama "should start packing their shit."

    "Foreign Policy reported that Bolton is planning to remove dozens of current officials, with a focus on those who have been "disloyal" to the president."

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    Tillerson decimates the State Department of qualified people. Pruitt did the same at the EPA. And now Bolton will do the same at the NSC. What's next...a purge of the Justice Department, FBI and CIA?

    Putin is really enjoying this working from the inside what he could never do from the outside by simply bombing.

    Trump is Putin's puppet.

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    Wwjd:

    I read this morning that Bolton has significant connections to Cambridge Analytical which could/should mean that his job ends before he has a chance to carry out his goal to fire

    dozens of nationsl security advisors

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Okay...I cannot "change your brain" so I'll move on. Getting back to the topic, as reported in the Hill, John Bolton's first order of business is to "clean house" in the NSC.

    "Sources close to the situation told Foreign Policy that John Bolton is preparing to "clean house" and remove nearly all of the political appointees brought in by his predecessor.

    "Bolton can and will clean house," one former White House official told Foreign Policy.

    "Another former official said that any National Security Council officials appointed under former President Obama "should start packing their shit."

    "Foreign Policy reported that Bolton is planning to remove dozens of current officials, with a focus on those who have been "disloyal" to the president."

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    Tillerson decimates the State Department of qualified people. Pruitt did the same at the EPA. And now Bolton will do the same at the NSC. What's next...a purge of the Justice Department, FBI and CIA?

    Putin is really enjoying this working from the inside what he could never do from the outside by simply bombing.

    Trump is Putin's puppet.

    Again, as I've said so many times; this country (if this continues) will become an full "dictatorship" in no time. You said it correctly. Trump dismantles "democracy" piece by piece; but yeah Jared still believes the Constitution will save us from that. Wow, this will not be the first or last country stating that. Don't you believe it.

    However, if the GOP ever gets a "backbone" for a change or the Dem's win in 2018 and get more seats, or Trump gets "impeached/removed" then Bolton hopefully does not get a chance to do something like you describe. Wishful thinking; however I think "time" is on Bolton's side.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Wwjd:

    I read this morning that Bolton has significant connections to Cambridge Analytical which could/should mean that his job ends before he has a chance to carry out his goal to fire

    dozens of nationsl security advisors

    Guy, since this position ( at least I heard so) does not require a "confirmation" hearing; then no body cares. Again that is an issue about that the "laws" here which are stupid as are the election laws etc. Trump is an "con-artist bully" who does not care what you or I think, let alone if such appointment person is flawed.
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    Dutch Wrote:

    Again, as I've said so many times; this country (if this continues) will become an full "dictatorship" in no time. You said it correctly. Trump dismantles "democracy" piece by piece; but yeah Jared still believes the Constitution will save us from that. Wow, this will not be the first or last country stating that. Don't you believe it.

    However, if the GOP ever gets a "backbone" for a change or the Dem's win in 2018 and get more seats, or Trump gets "impeached/removed" then Bolton hopefully does not get a chance to do something like you describe. Wishful thinking; however I think "time" is on Bolton's side.

    No this country will never become a dictatorship. And I did not say our democracy is being dismantled piece by piece. What I said is that Trump's appointments in various departments are cleaning house of everyone but loyalists. It will certainly take a while to get back on course for all the damage being done, but voters are waking up including many of the young people who have largely been absent on election day. Those young people will not be on the sidelines any more as you can see the marches going on around the country and world today. The NRA's worst nightmare is unfolding.

    American voters made a major mistake in being conned by Trump (and the Russians), but they are waking up (except for the Fox News viewers). However, even they will feel marginalized when the truth is severed up by Mueller and their guys are removed from office.

    Democracies are hard work and require participation by everyone. I am proud of the young marchers and encouraged by how they can sway the election.

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    Schmidt; I guess you are "dreaming"; sorry the reality is right in front of you as I described. Yes it is already an "dictatorship"; if not, how is it possible that Trump can instigate "tariffs" on its own; "bully" to get his way for a "wall" and get a budget of 1.3 trillion just to get it his way. Uses an 747 as his private plane to play golf at his estate and other personal outings (spending over a 100 million in his first year in office on these trips); in The Netherlands the Prime Minister goes on his bicycle to work and lives in a "row" house". The same with Bolton; he determined that ; not the Congress. He can "fire" whoever he wants and then get only pure "loyalists" around him. If that is not "dictatorship" then you live in la la land.

    In an real "democracy" the Prime Minister has no power (he's more like a "coordinator); the "people and parliament" should have the power. Due to our 1800's laws everything here is skewed/corrupt and is asking for "dictatorship" . Even to get rid of this "dictator" is virtually impossible because of the "antique laws" and "lawyers"; only actually the "voters" can remove him according to you. Kind of silly and stupid, if also the voting itself is corrupted by an "electoral college" , gerrymandering, bribery via Super Pac money, etc. You are dreaming way too much that everything "automatically" can change. Nothing will change if you don't adapt the laws to represent an "Democracy". Capitalism is seldom an Democracy; "greed" is then the "leader".

    Just read how other dictators got their "job"; we are very close to becoming an "dictatorship" because of not having proper laws preventing such. Checks and balances don't count if you have only a "one" corrupt/ lying/bullying party with their own propaganda machine ruling this country and the only other party has no backbone or people strong enough to swim against the tide. The truth hurts

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    As I've mentioned many, many times, history often repeats itself, and John Bolton is a prime example of that.

    This morning's Al Jazeera had an interesting comparison to our current attitude towards Iran, and our meddling there more than 60 years ago that set the stage for the Iranian hostage situation in 1979. Ironically, "freedom fighter" Teddy Roosevelt's grandson created the problem.

    Kermit Roosevelt Jr (1916 -2000), a grandson of US president Theodore Roosevelt, was a career intelligence officer who engineered the CIA-MI6 overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, in August 1953. Five years later, this coup (and others) inspired the publishing of a book called "The Ugly American". In turn, the book led to the establishment of the Peace Corps in 1961.

    Sixty-six years later, I am witnessing how another "Ugly American" is walking in the footsteps of Roosevelt. His name is John Bolton, a chief advocate of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq, a nefarious Islamophobe, and former chairman of the far-right anti-Muslim Gatestone Institute. This infamous institution is known for spreading lies about Muslims - claiming there is a looming "jihadist takeover" that can lead to a "Great White Death" - to incite hatred against them and intimidate, silence, and alienate them.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/ugly-americans-kermit-roosevelt-john-bolton-190531154843191.html

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    John Bolton was only ambassador to the United Nations under George Bush because Bush made him a recess appointment when his fellow Republicans considered him unsuitable for the post.

    As per Wikipedia, Bolton is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior advisor for Freedom Capital Investment Management, a Fox News commentator, and counsel to the Washington, D.C. law firm Kirkland and Ellis. He has been involved with the Institute of East-West Dynamics, the NRA, the U.S, Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Project for a New American Century, the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, the Council for National Policy, and the Gatestone Institute where he serves as Chairman.

    For those familiar with these organizations, you cannot get much further right. If anyone in Trump's organization makes the case for war with either Iran or North Korea, it will be John Bolton. This guy is absolutely dangerous.

    The Iran Nuclear deal will be the first thing they will scuttle.

    I could use some four letter expletives to describe my opinion of John Bolton but will just leave it at that.

    Schmidt:

    You mentioned a number of Bolton's nefarious connections in your post above.

    This morning, decided to do more research on the Gatestone Institute, and came across a couple of very disturbing articles:

    1) The March, 2018 article in The Intercept (cited below) lists several of the crazier ideas published by the Institute. The article also mentions the link between the heiress of the Sears, Roebuck fortune and the Institute, as well as the connections to Rebekah Mercer (the financier of Breitbart). The Gatestone website has not only influenced U.S. politics, but also attempted to influence recent European elections in France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany. The site has promoted far-right, anti-Muslim populists running for office across the continent. In Germany, politicians from Alternative for Germany, or AfD, the rabidly anti-immigrant far-right party, regularly shared Gatestone articles on Facebook and Twitter during the election last year. Geert Wilders, the Dutch anti-Muslim firebrand, is a guest author on the site.

    Bolton was the chairman of the Institute from 2013 until his selection as National Security Adviser to Trump.

    https://theintercept.com/2018/03/23/gatestone-institute-john-bolton-chairs-an-actual-fake-news-publisher-infamous-for-spreading-anti-muslim-hate/

    2) The BuzzFeed article below describes the connection between Gatestone and Breitbart London, RT (the Russian government-backed media outlet), Voice of Europe (a blog that disseminates anti-Muslim information in 18 different languages), and a number of smaller websites with names like the European Post and Gates of Vienna. From there, stories can travel quickly throughout the wider conservative media ecosystem.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ishmaeldaro/anti-muslim-anti-immigrant-news-europe-to-america

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    Yes again you've got it right; I've got nothing to add, except that we'v got no one in the W.H. who stops all of this but only promotes it. Yes these are dangerous times because most people living now never lived under Hitler' reign and have forgotten what facism is all about.
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    John Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser. The guy who is temporarily in the position makes me VERY nervous.

    https://www.britannica.com/topic/list-of-national-security-advisers-of-the-United-States-1788874

    The current (and acting) National Security Adviser is Charles Kupperman. During the 1980's, when he was a Reagan administration official, he said that a nuclear conflict with the USSR was winnable and that “nuclear war is a destructive thing but still in large part a physics problem.”

    His comment reminded me of George Scott's character in "Doctor Strangelove" who said "we'd only lose 10 million - tops 20 million - if we got hit be a bomb.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charles-kupperman-nuclear-war-trump-nsa_n_5d7b9809e4b03b5fc88212fd

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    Watch Pompeo and the white house start dropping bombs on Iran. The USA really stepped in it this time. It's going to be a big f'ing mess. Total morons running this country. We deserve the government the electoral college handed us.
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    Arizona -- I missed your June posts on the subject (Bolton) while I was overseas. It is interesting that Bolton has turned out to be even too hawkish for Trump. Trump, of course, fancies himself as the deal maker and not a war president like Bush II. That's one reason he is always so ready to meet with dictators. Sure he is happy to carpet bomb parts of Syria and shoot off missiles as a sign of strength...fluffing his feathers so to speak. But underneath those feathers is an insecure president fearful of his own job. Iran has essentially called his bluff. Trump may claim to be "locked and loaded", but I do not see him pulling that trigger on Iran, even if the Saudi crown prince orders him to.

    I am not entirely convinced that the Iranian government had a direct role in the bombing of the Saudi oil installations. One needs to ask what countries benefit by another outright war in the region involving the USA and Iran? Think about it. Another endless war? Who benefits?

    Just because the drone parts can be traced back to Iran doesn't mean that they launched them. There are probably a lot of black market drones in the hands of various governments and terrorist groups around the world...some probably of USA origin.