Exit John Bolton, But Will That Mean An End To His Failed Foreign Policy?

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Many who oppose the aggressive foreign policy of the United States under President Donald Trump, which has resulted in record numbers of bombs dropped, regime change operations against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran and Hong Kong, the abusive use of unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) and record military budgets, cheered when uber-hawk, John Bolton was removed as the National Security Advisor.

Bolton undermined Trump numerous times such as when Trump wanted to get out of Syria and sought negotiations with North Korea and Iran. Bolton led Trump into regime-change operations in Nicaragua and Venezuela, both of which backfired.

The firing of Bolton is an opportunity for Trump to make a major course correction on foreign policy as the 2020 election heats up. The escalation of military aggression and regime-change actions that have occurred in the Trump era have been inconsistent with his previous campaign statements, which indicated he opposed never-ending wars, nation-building, and interventions abroad and wanted to focus on fixing problems at home in the United States.

Trump has long expressed skepticism about US foreign intervention in activities that he has labeled as “nation-building.” During the presidential election campaign, Trump criticized the war in Iraq, claiming he opposed George W. Bush’s Iraq War at the time and accused Bush of lying about the presence of weapons of mass destruction. In October 2015, he criticized US interventions saying, “We’re nation-building. We can’t do it. We have to build our own nation. We’re nation-building, trying to tell people who have [had] dictators or worse for centuries how to run their own countries.”

In December 2016, before his inauguration, Trump said that the policy of “intervention and chaos” must come to an end. He pledged to “build up our military not as an act of aggression, but as an act of prevention. In short, we seek peace through strength.”

Trump has opportunities to take another course, one that is more consistent with his rhetoric. Chairman Kim of North Korea said he was open to another meeting with President Trump on September 10, the next day, Bolton was fired. Shortly after the firing of Bolton, Secretary of State Pompeo gave the green light for Trump to meet with the President of Iran without preconditions at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in a few weeks. The firing of Bolton may not be enough, Iranian officials have refused any meeting until sanctions are lifted. After Bolton’s firing, President Hassan Rouhani said Trump “should distance itself from ‘warmongers'” after the dismissal of Bolton. 

When it comes to Latin America, Trump has been silent, especially about his failed coup in Venezuela. Trump’s previous National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, strongly recommended to President Trump not to pursue a military option in Venezuela when Trump suggested it in 2017. He explained that Latin American governments were against foreign intervention in the region. John Bolton gave contrary advice when he dubbed Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba the “Troika of Tyranny” and gave Trump bad advice by urging a strategy of escalating intervention in Venezuela, recognition of a failed coup government and military threats.

When Bolton was fired, the New York Times reportedMr. Trump also grew disenchanted with Mr. Bolton over the failed effort to push out President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. Rather than the easy victory he was led to anticipate, the president has found himself bogged down in a conflict over which he has less influence than he had assumed. The political opposition backed by the White House could not turn Venezuela’s military against Mr. Maduro and has been stuck in a stalemate for months.”

President Maduro has consistently expressed his willingness to meet with President Trump, despite the brutal economic war, military threats and recognition of the fraudulent Juan Guaido. Trump knows that Maduro is solidly in place as the president of Venezuela. US efforts to undermine his re-election in May of 2018 failed, the multiple coup efforts with Juan Guaido have failed, Venezuela exposed a series of terrorist plots the US was backing and there is little support for military intervention. In addition, because of Trump’s threats, Venezuela has strengthened its relationships with China and Russia, bringing them into Latin America in ways they have never happened before and squeezing out US interests.

John Bolton has put Trump in a trap in Venezuela. Trump has two choices: continued his failed strategy of regime change which has become a quagmire or stop interfering in the internal affairs of the sovereign nation of Venezuela. Once Trump recognizes that Venezuela is an independent nation he can have a diplomatic relationship with the country as exits between most nations. It is time to give up on the embarrassing failed Bolton strategy and pursue a new approach of non-interference and diplomacy.

For most of its history, the US and Venezuela have been allies. It has only been during the eras of Clinton through Obama and the Bolton-era during the Trump administration that the US has been in conflict with Venezuela. Trump can now reverse those mistaken policies and put the United States back on a constructive track.


  • rgaura

    It seems to be a repeating strategy of this administration, to loose the warmongers, increase belligerent rhetoric, then not take action, so everyone is freaked out and then thankful that we are not going to war! I do think the president is risk averse, overall, which is a good thing.

  • emernel

    Will Israel allow Trump to dump their super agent, the warmonger Bolton.

  • voza0db

    Since you guys have MILLIONS of americans engaged in WAR I don’t see why one less terrorist is going to make a difference!

  • Greeley Miklashek

    The depth of Our Mad King Donald’s foreign policy experience rivals that of any devoted golfer and condo builder/money launderer/FOX NEWS affectionado, which is to say it approches ZERO. As for his endless need to make new enemies and sadisitically reject anyone who questions his authority, he is a paranoid and borderline with the combined need to constantly create new “strawdog” enemies (perceived or real) onto which he can project his blind rage of an abandoned 2yo, his “pseudo-community”; and he is exquistely sensitive to any hint of rejection, so must act first and reject anyone questioning the Great Leader. Go Bernie!

    Americans will either choose freedom or continued slavery to Wall Street in 2020. Trump is just the oh, so damaged tip of the Fascist iceberg the S.S. America is speeding toward. Go Bernie!

  • It would be helpful if U.S. foreign policy pivoted a bit more toward peace or at least diplomacy vs. outright economic and/or military confrontation. Personally, I don’t hold much hope for this type of shift. Trump is a pathological liar and therefore anything he states, be it past, present, or future, should be taken with a large grain of salt. And I’ll pose a question, “Was Bolten ousted because he was at odds with Trumps foreign policy designs or was he ousted because he wasn’t successful in producing the desired results?

  • voza0db

    I do not know a single genuine democracy…

    We just need to look at the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization (NATO) and to the countries that make this Terrorist group and we know right there that WAR and TERRORISM and VIOLENCE is what all these people support, directly or indirectly.

    Modern slaves is these countries just care for one thing: NOT TO LOSE ANYTHING and not to be bothered will the Reality they are causing. If some small piece of Reality is shown to them they either ignore it or send a donation!

  • chetdude

    How ironic it is that the democrats have painted themselves into the corner and will again be seen by most of the electorate as the uber-hawk, war mongering party…

    UNLESS they nominate Sanders/Gabbard! Put anti-forever-war Tulsi in the 2nd slot and they will win running to the “left” of Trump instead of what they did in 2016 and since.

  • chetdude

    The U.S. finances and CAUSES most of the “multiple wars” its engaged in (for corporate profits for the MIC) and creates “terrorists” (foreign and domestic) faster than they can possibly kill them.


  • chetdude

    Israel’s super agent is Trump’s son-in-law…

  • chetdude

    It’s been quite a performance.

    Trump has seamlessly carried out Bush/Obama war mongering policies, with his democrat and republican friends in Congress he’s vastly increased the treasure pissed away on the MIC and the Forever Wars and still made more dovish noises than Hillary would have.

    His masters and coaches at NBC trained him well to be the Reality-TV pResident…

  • Frank Burton

    It’s a good first step, let’s hope it’s followed up with action promoting peace and reconciliation. The US has a lot to make up for, and unfortunately a president’s intention is not enough with a huge political establishment which pulls the strings.