President Donald Trump is losing control of his foreign policy, as his hawkish advisers are driving him closer and closer to another regime change war.
However, Trump is standing by these hawks – including national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton has supported every disastrous war of the past three decades, but Trump likes having him around because he said tough things on Fox News or something.
“He has strong views on things but that’s okay. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing,” Trump said Thursday during an Oval Office press conference. “I’m the one that tempers him. That’s okay. I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him. I like John.”
But it doesn’t seem like there is much tempering going on if the situations in Iran and Venezuela are any indicator.
The Mad Mustache is goading Iran into a war that could be as bloody and horrendous as the mess in Iraq, which Trump has frequently called the worst disaster in American history.
Bolton fires a warning shot at Iran, announcing a U.S. carrier strike group and a bomber task force are on its way to the Middle East “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime” pic.twitter.com/I1nAIAP3n6
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) May 6, 2019
Bolton’s demented handiwork is on full display in Venezuela too where the un-elected, illegitimate Juan Guaidó is fomenting a revolution at the behest of foreign powers.
“Juan Guaidó is a character that has been created for this circumstance,” Marco Teruggi, an Argentinian sociologist and leading chronicler of Venezuelan politics, said to The Grayzone. “It’s the logic of a laboratory – Guaidó is like a mixture of several elements that create a character who, in all honesty, oscillates between laughable and worrying.”
Bolton has pushed Guaidó frequently and supported his coup attempt which fizzled out in a day and may have strengthened the disposed socialist Maduro regime.
Interim President Guaido and the National Assembly are leading the charge to restore democracy in Venezuela and prosperity for the people and families of Venezuela. Leaders across the world stand united in support of President Juan Guaido and the people of Venezuela.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) April 22, 2019
Only the Venezuelan people can determine the future of Venezuela. Maduro is only clinging to power because of the support of Russia and Cuba, the only foreign military forces in Venezuela. Without foreign interference, the democratic process in Venezuela would be underway today.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) May 3, 2019
I thank all the Venezuelan people, its bravery, courage and consciousness before the attempted coup. They have demonstrated that a mobilized people is guarantee of tranquility for the homeland. Venezuela is a land of peace and independence! pic.twitter.com/3VwGkeiTgo
— Nicolás Maduro (@maduro_en) May 1, 2019
Trump may believe he can “temper” Bolton, but right now he looks like a fool as his foreign policy collapses. It’s time to boot Bolton and all the neocons from his administration and replace them with ‘America First’ patriots.