A senior Iranian official said on Sunday it was "shameful" that U.S. President Donald Trump had named John Bolton as national security adviser because of his ties with rebels whom Iran sees as "terrorists", the state news agency IRNA reported.
As for this week's drama of President Trump not obeying the advice of staff to "not congratulate" Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory, Bolton backed the president's will to proceed as he sees fit, amid a more unsafe reality of leaks coming from his own administration.
Several sources have told CNN that Defense Secretary James Mattis opposed the pick and tried to block Bolton from getting the job.
And so Bolton was forced to bide his time, and for the next 14 months re-auditioned for the administration from his perch at the Fox News Channel. Bolton can work to leverage Trump's affinity for Bolton's "America First" worldview to reinforce the president's militarist instincts in daily meetings while seeking to sideline opposing viewpoints.
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Carter described Bolton as a "war-like figure", saying that he has "been advocating a war with North Korea for a long time and even promoting an attack on Iran, and who was one of the leading figures in orchestrating the decision to invade Iraq".
McMaster was an awkward fit in the Trump White House. His selection, along with the nomination of the hard-line C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, as secretary of state, shows the degree to which Mr. Trump is indulging his worst nationalistic instincts.
This suggested approach runs counter to previous agreements between the USA and the DPRK, including a joint statement issued in September 2005 following the fourth round of the Six-Party Talks, which said the North Korean nuclear issue would have to be solved step by step. The president was unhappy with McMaster's style and personality: The national security adviser was said to be prone to lectures, gruff and condescending, and did not give Trump options that the president wanted. Trump needed a cabinet full of lookers with innovative fashion sense, like Steve Bannon.
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And at a time when Trump is staking out a softer path for diplomacy with North Korea by accepting an invitation to sit down for direct talks with Kim Jong Un, Bolton has struck a very different tone in arguing that there is a legal case for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
McMaster said after 34 years of service, he is requesting retirement from the US Army effective this summer after which he will leave public service. "Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians", McMaster said in a statement released by the White House. Bolton, who has a reputation as a foreign policy hawk, will replace H.R. McMaster.
Veteran Israeli diplomat Ambassador Yoram Ettinger told WIN, "The appointment of Bolton serves as a thundering message to the world that the United States is serious about overhauling and upgrading its posture of deterrence which was severely eroded during Bush's second term and during eight years of the Obama presidency". The Iran nuclear deal was a "mistake", he tweeted, and the United States should "tear [it] up".
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Bolton, during his tenure at the United Nations, was a leading voice on the need for the Security Council to take strong and meaningful action against worldwide proliferation and terrorism.