The Bolton Book

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JUNE 19, 2020

         WHAT DO I THINK OF FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON’S NEW BOOK? I’M NOT GLAD YOU ASKED.

         I’M GENERALLY OPPOSED TO TELL-ALL BOOKS BY FORMER INSIDERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN A PRESIDENT IS STILL IN OFFICE AND THE MOTIVE BEHIND IT SEEMS TO BE THAT HE LOSE THE NEXT ELECTION.

         BOLTON IS A MERCURIAL PERSONALITY. HE HAS PRAISED THE PRESIDENT IN THE PAST FOR MANY OF THE POLICIES AND DECISIONS HE DENOUNCES IN HIS BOOK. SO, WHICH IS IT? PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MERCURIAL TOO. HE HAS CALLED BOLTON A LIAR, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT ALWAYS TOLD THE TRUTH.

         THE WHITE HOUSE HAS PUT OUT A LIST OF PAST STATEMENTS BY BOLTON THAT ARE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT HE SAYS IN THE BOOK. EXAMPLES: BOLTON HAS PRAISED TRUMP’S REAGENESQUE APPROACH OF “PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH” FOREIGN POLICY. HE’S PRAISED THE PRESIDENT FOR STANDING UP TO CHINA, SAYING “I’VE NEVER SEEN A PRESIDENT THIS TOUGH.”

         BOLTON TOUTED THE “VERY STRONG ACTION” THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN TO COUNTER RUSSIA ON ELECTION MEDDLING, SAYING IT WAS A “MAJOR CHANGE.”

         WILL THIS ERODE HIS LOYAL BASE? I DOUBT IT. CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE, WHICH IS A BIDEN-PELOSI-SCHUMER TEAM. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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