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One Word Keeps Popping Up in Stories About John Bolton - Page 2

New national security adviser is 'hawkish,' or perhaps 'ultra-hawkish'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2018 9:34 AM CDT

  • Worry in Asia: The New York Times reports that the selection of Bolton is raising worries in Asia that Trump's foreign policy positions will harden and raise the risk of conflict in the region. South Korea, for example, had established a close working relationship with the departing McMaster.
  • Oh, no: Fred Kaplan at Slate thinks "it's time to push the panic button" because Bolton's appointment "puts the United States on a path to war." And Trump evidently "wants us on that path." A similar sentiment from Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff: "It’s hard to escape the disquieting conclusion that the mass exodus of the 'adults' from this Administration is putting our nation's security at risk," he writes. "Ambassador Bolton’s hawkish and conspiratorial thinking will only make matters dangerously worse."
  • Oh, yes: Bolton has plenty of supporters on the right, however. Marco Rubio called him an "excellent choice who will do a great job." The editorial page of the Wall Street Journal praised the "solid and experienced choice," adding that "the charge that Mr. Bolton can be an unguided missile misconstrues his ideas and experience." Twitchy rounds up more praise, including from Saagar Enjeti of the Daily Caller, who writes that this "not a great day in Pyongyang or Tehran right now."
  • More from the right: Another voice on the right, Mark Davis of Townhall, makes the case that Bolton's selection will result in a safer world. "Ronald Reagan famously said that no war in his lifetime ever started because America was too strong," he writes. "If that is instructive, war is in fact less likely with a president unafraid to give voice to such strength, and a National Security Advisor willing to inform it."

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