Episode MMDXXV of The American Political Melodrama: On John Bolton & Trump, a comment by Political Reporter

As frightening as Bolton is, The Brookings Institution headed by ‘Russia Hand’ Strobe Talbott, who exemplifies the ‘ethos’ of the New Cold Warrior, if you’ll pardon the misuse of the word ‘ethos’, were/are still a clear and present danger the teetering and mythical ‘Liberal International Order’, as Bolton and his fellow travelers.

The coterie of Neo-Liberal war mongers who supported Mrs. Clinton, e.g. Victoria Nuland and porcine Spartan Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Jeffrey Goldberg are part of larger circle of equally dangerous war mongers, who masque their bellicose propensities behind the self-congratulatory ‘Responsibility to Protect (R2P)’, call this high-minded sloganeering, but as utterly toxic as Bolton, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Of high-minded chatter coming from Brookings, Tom Wright, director of the Project on International Order and Strategy provides the necessary respectable bourgeois chatter steeped in the present iteration of Political Orthodoxy:

‘”Normally he would be seen as an extreme outsider and pushing in a direction a lot of traditional foreign policy types would be uncomfortable with, but in this administration … some people may see Bolton as a steadying force,” said Tom Wright, director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution.’


Political Reporter

December 15,2016 8:03 AM PST:

Be sure to read Greg Thielmann’s essay at LobeLog titled ‘Bolton: A Prime Mover of the Iraq WMD Fiasco’. Mr Thielmann worked with Mr. Bolton, so his estimation of and insights into Bolton as political actor are invaluable. Thank you to Trita Parsi for posting the link on twitter!



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