The world is definitely getting strange when outlets as diverse as Vanity Fair and Breitbart are speculating about exactly the same thing. In this case, the story is that Trump is cleaning house, and the next person to go is H.R. McMaster and warnonger and Elmer Fudd lookalike John Bolton is supposed to be named as his replacement. Tillerson and Trump used to quibble over the Iran nuclear armaments deal. Now Tillerson is gone, but that leaves McMaster, who was on the same page as Tillerson vis a vis Iran. Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair:
…three sources told me that the next official likely to go is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who, like Tillerson, had advocated for remaining in the [Iran] deal.
Last Tuesday, Trump met with ultra-hawkish former U.N. ambassador John Bolton in the Oval Office to discuss a potential job offer. Bolton has for years argued that the United States should pre-emptively attack Tehran. In 2015, he wrote a New York Times op-ed headlined, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” and last month, he wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed outlining the legal case for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
According to a person who spoke with Bolton after the meeting, Bolton recalled that Trump said he wanted him to join the administration: “We need you in here, John.” Bolton responded that there were only two jobs he’d consider: secretary of state and national security adviser. Trump said, “O.K, I’ll call you really soon.” Sources added that Trump spent much of the time with Bolton fuming that McMaster was speaking privately with Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice. “Trump kept saying, ‘Can you believe it? To Susan Rice? Can you believe it?’”
Frank Gaffney is the president of a conservative think tank, the Center For Security Policy. He was interviewed on Sirius XM recently and made it clear that to conservative wingnuts, McMaster is persona non gratis and Bolton is the great white mustached hope. Breitbart:
“The first order of business, particularly in the national security arena, is H.R. McMaster must go,” Gaffney stressed. “I mean, this guy makes Rex Tillerson look like the Boy Scout that he was very proud of being, in terms of serial insubordination to the president, having policy judgment that was very much at odds with the president’s.”
Gaffney cited McMaster’s dramatic declaration early in his tenure that he does not agree with using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” as an example of his policy differences with the president.
“That’s what the call in the intelligence business a ‘clue’ that this guy was going to be a problem,” he chuckled. “That was, of course, the term that the president used repeatedly in the course of the campaign and made a leitmotif of the early days of his administration. Here he brings in a guy as his national security adviser – the man overseeing Rex Tillerson, Jim Mattis, and the intelligence community, and so on – who doesn’t agree with one of his most fundamental stances.”
What an administration. A whack like Peter Navarro is calling economic shots, the Keebler elf is suing California, Rex Tillerson has just been replaced by evangelical wing nut Mike Pompeo, and now war hawk John Bolton is being proposed as the new National Security Adviser? What does Vladimir say about all this?