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Original.antiwar.com: Exit John Bolton, But Will That Mean an End to His Failed Foreign Policy?
“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.”
Bolton is one of the premier war-hawks in Washington and thus his firing should have significant effect on the foreign policy agenda of President Trump. Bolton looks for confrontation and conflict at every opportunity, from Venezuela to the Black Sea and everywhere in between. The conservative right who don’t possess dual citizenship in Israel largely found the removal of Bolton to be a victory. Bolton was at the forefront of the push to go to war with Iran, which just about the entire world, including Russia and China, were firmly in opposition to. Sources close to the situation in the White House indicate that Trump would like to replace Bolton with somebody who can take the United States out of the “endless war” it has been engaged in in the Middle East.