John Bolton will be deputy secretary of state. It was predicted he would be picked as secretary of state but that went to Rex Tillerson.
From ABC News on Monday:
A former diplomat and State Department veteran, Bolton will likely serve as an influential deputy to a possible secretary of state with far less foreign policy experience: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
That paragraph pretty much wraps it up. Bolton will be driving foreign policy. Tillerson is an oil man with no foreign policy experience.
Then there is the status of John Bolton as the State Department’s number-two, a prospect that would make realists the world over shiver in their boots. How much power will Tillerman delegate to the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., who once marveled in the thought of the U.N. collapsing into nothingness? A more fundamental question is how Donald Trump, a man who railed against nation-building throughout his campaign, could even think about hiring Bolton in the first place — even mulling Bolton as the top dog at the State Department for more than a month.
Forget the United Nations. Bolton is a frontline neocon who wants war with Iran.
Bolton’s ideas about Russia, however, may be a sticking point with his boss.
Tillerson is friendly with Vladimir Putin. He is involved in the Russian oil business. For Democrats, this association makes Tillerson a Russian dupe when in fact Tillerson is doing what businessmen do—conduct mutually beneficial business.
Now that Bolton has Tillerson’s ear, the possibility of war and more mass murder increases.
Bolton writes the top concern for America on the foreign policy front are “the closely related threats of radical Islamic terrorism and the Middle East’s spreading chaos.”
This is followed by “nuclear proliferation” by Iran, a country that does not have a nuclear weapons program.
Trump may say he wants to make peace with Russia, but this is not on Bolton’s agenda. “Vladimir Putin’s Russia is on the prowl in Eastern Europe and the Middle East in ways unprecedented since the Cold War,” he writes.