Close shave: Donald Trump should have followed his instincts and steered clear of John Bolton | Mulshine

nj.com | 9/11/2019 | Staff
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One of the toughest questions for any politician – or anyone for that matter – is the question of whether he should trust his instincts.

The case of John Bolton offers a textbook example. Reports say that President Trump’s first impression regarding John Bolton was to steer clear of him because of his mustache.

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Perhaps it might have made more sense to steer clear of him for the obvious reason that his foreign-policy views are demonstrably insane.

But as reasons go, that mustache would have done just fine. Various wags said it made Bolton look like a walrus. Others said it made him look like Captain Kangaroo.

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Either way, its effect is to make Bolton look a bit unhinged. And that’s exactly what he is.

If you doubt that, compare Trump’s views on regime change with Bolton’s.

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In the presidential 2016 campaign, the cornerstone of Trump’s “America first” foreign policy was his opposition to using the U.S. military to spread democracy around the world.

As for Bolton, he was perhaps the loudest proponent of regime change in recent history.

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In the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War, Bolton said that removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq would be so simple that we could then “turn right” and impose regime change on Iran.

The subsequent debacle cured most Americans of that belief. Not Bolton. As late as 2015, he was proclaiming that “I still think the decision to overthrow Saddam was correct.”

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That same year he penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times headlined “To stop Iran’s bomb, bomb Iran.”

“The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary,” he wrote. “Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran.”

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Meanwhile in the GOP primary debates the following year, Trump called the Iraq...
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