Remarks: President Trump called a meeting earlier today at the White House to discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. The president took questions from the media on John Bolton’s departure, gun control and more.
WHO WAS JOHN BOLTON, ANYWAY!
FOUNDER: Foundation for American Security and Freedom
■ US Commission on International Religious Freedom — Former commissioner.
■ Project for the New American Century — Supporter.
■ Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) — Former advisory board member.
■ Council for National Policy — Member.
■ Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. — Board of Directors (2007-2016).
FN01: (DesMog) [John Bolton] https://www.desmogblog.com/john-bolton
New Yorker: John Bolton, a former State Department official who was recently appointed the national-security adviser after a long term as a Fox News backbencher.
Bolton, known in Washington as a maximalist hawk, is arguably the most volatile addition to the Administration since its inception—an unrepentant advocate of the Iraq War who has also argued for regime change in Iran and in North Korea.
“He lied repeatedly during his time at State,” Wilkerson told me. In 2002, when Bolton was the department’s top arms-control official, he planned to accuse Cuba of developing a secret biological-weapons program.
When a lower-ranking intelligence official, Christian Westermann, spoke up to say that the accusation was unsupportable, Bolton tried to have him fired, telling his boss that he wouldn’t take orders from a “mid-level munchkin. fn02
FN 02 (New Yorker) Trump vs. the “Deep State” [How the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance.] By Evan Osnos May 14, 2018 https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/trump-vs-the-deep-state
New Statesman: American plan: a new Pearl Harbour ■■■ Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush said what America needed was a “catastrophic and catalysing event” ■■■ The threat posed by US terrorism to the security of nations and individuals was outlined in prophetic detail in a document written more than two years ago and disclosed only recently. What was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the world’s resources, it said, was “some catastrophic and catalysing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”.
The attacks of 11 September 2001 provided the “new Pearl Harbor”, described as “the opportunity of ages” ■■■ One of George W Bush’s “thinkers” is Richard Perle. I interviewed Perle when he was advising Reagan; and when he spoke about “total war”, I mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing America’s “war on terror”. “No stages,” he said. “This is total war ■■■ Perle is one of the founders of the Project for the New American Century, the PNAC. Other founders include Dick Cheney, now vice-president, Donald Rumsfeld, defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defence secretary, I Lewis Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff, William J Bennett, Reagan’s education secretary, and Zalmay Khalilzad, Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan. These are the modern chartists of American terrorism.
The PNAC’s seminal report, Rebuilding America’s Defences: strategy, forces and resources for a new century, was a blueprint of American aims in all but name. Two years ago, it recommended an increase in arms-spending by $48bn so that Washington could “fight and win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars”. fn03
FN03 (New Statesman) [John Pilger reveals the American plan: a New Pearl Harbour] 16 December 2002 https://www.newstatesman.com/node/192545
Bolton is connected to some of President Trump’s biggest financiers. He received millions through his Super PAC from billionaire businessman Robert Mercer, the man who bankrolled the Trump campaign, and worked with data firm Cambridge Analytica.
Until his appointment as an advisor to President Trump, Bolton held a senior fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute, which is funded by fossil fuel magnates the Koch brothers, notorious for backing climate science denial worldwide.
He has strong ties with the Leave campaign in the UK, having met with leading members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group of MPs in July 2018. He was pictured with Daniel Hannan at the Vote Leave headquarters on the night of the referendum result.
A pro-guns, pro-war advocate, Bolton was described by Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper as “possibly Washington’s most aggressive hawk.” He has held roles in a number of right-wing think tanks and organisations including the National Rifle Association and the Gatestone Institute, which is known for spreading misleading and false anti-Muslims news. Bolton served as the institute’s chairman from 2013 to March 2018.
In September 2015, Bolton was also appointed senior advisor at the Freedom Capital Investment Management company to advise the firm on international security, financial and political risks. The company was known for its rejection of socially responsible investments in the name of ethical or environmental reasons and boasted about its portfolio in oil, coal, and the gun industry.
In a press release sent from the 2015 Paris climate summit, the company claimed the Paris Agreement would have “a negative impact on the US economy” and rejected fossil fuel divestment.
“We aim to invest in the same companies stranded by COP21 outcomes and fossil fuel divestment. From our perspective, the more competitors we gain on our side of the ledger, the better chance the US has to survive these UN-driven assaults on our economy. And the market is there, but time is not on our side,” it wrote.
Freedom Capital Investment Management was acquired by a real estate investment company in April 2017.
Bolton has also been a regular contributor and political commentator on Fox News.
A pro-guns, pro-war advocate, Bolton was described by Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper as “possibly Washington’s most aggressive hawk.” He has held roles in a number of right-wing think tanks and organisations including the National Rifle Association and the Gatestone Institute, which is known for spreading misleading and false anti-Muslims news. Bolton served as the institute’s chairman from 2013 to March 2018. fn04
FN04 DeSmog Blog [John Bolton] https://www.desmogblog.com/john-bolton
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