John Bolton

Is War With Iran Coming? Two Tankers Attacked In Gulf Of Oman

Rep. Mac Thornberry, one of the smartest and most sober minded national defense thinkers among the House Republicans is right, the 2001 AUMF doesn’t authorize war with the state of Iran, and President Trump shouldn’t go to war with Iran without coming to Congress – a constitutional constraint that in no way prohibits us from defending ourselves should we be attacked.

Who Speaks for Donald Trump?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Did not candidate Trump say he would be ending wars and bringing troops home, not plunging into new conflicts in the Mideast, Asia, Europe, the Western Hemisphere and "the Indo-Pacific"? One wonders: Do the hawks in his inner councils speak for Trump? For they surely do not speak for a nation whose weariness with wars put him into the White House. On the first day of Trump's visit to London, Pompeo, who last year issued his 12 demands on Iran, was quoted as saying the U.S. is now prepared to negotiate with Tehran with "no preconditions." For now, Trump's hawks appeared contained. But for how long?

Misunderstanding John Bolton

David Keene, Washington Times

Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency promising “to put America first” and John Bolton as public servant or private citizen has always done just that. Most of the wars of the last century and this came about because the parties that ended up shooting at each other didn’t understand until it was far too late that they crossed a line from which there would be no turning back. In advocating for America’s interests in and out of government, John Bolton has never sought war, but has always argued that a bright line serves our national interests and makes war less rather than more likely something President Trump clearly recognizes and appreciates.

John Bolton Is A Patriot Not A Warmonger

John Bolton's critics, such as Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy and Democrat Rep. Jim Himes, are merely carrying water for the Ayatollahs when they criticize Bolton as a warmonger. Iran is desperately trying to reverse the effects of the strategy President Trump crafted, and John Bolton is implementing, because the strategy is working, and that makes Bolton a patriot, not a warmonger.

The Surge in Tensions with Iran and What Happens Next?

As Fred Fleitz pointed out, President Trump’s maximum-pressure strategy is working and his decision to move more military assets to the region is the correct one considering Iranian threats to the United States and Israel. However, the question remains, what are we going to do should the long-term strategy succeed, and regime change in Iran becomes a possibility?

Bolton’s War Whispers Sounding More Like Battle Cries

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Taken together, the Bolton-Pompeo threats add up to an ultimatum that any attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, or Iran-backed militias — on Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE or U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria or the Gulf states — will bring a U.S. retaliatory response on Iran itself. Today, Trump's approval rating in the Gallup Poll has reached an all-time high, 46%, a level surely related to the astonishing performance of the U.S. economy following Trump's tax cuts and sweeping deregulation. While a Gulf war with Iran might be popular at the outset, what would it do for the U.S. economy or our ability to exit the forever war of the Middle East, as Trump has pledged to do?

US Carrier Strike Force Headed For Iran Station

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been responsible for many attacks on US forces in the Near East, Iraq, the Gulf area and elsewhere. We applaud President Trump and his national security team for recognizing that Iran is an existential threat to the United States and Western Civilization and we urge them to keep the pressure on the radical Muslim regime.

Why Is This Enemy Even Allowed To Speak Here?

If President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo are serious about stopping the Iranian Islamist threat to the West, their first order of business should be to stop giving the Iranians American forums from which they can threaten Israel and undermine our policies.

Is Bolton at the Steering Wheel, Headed Straight for Iran?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

While Trump has urged that the U.S. pull out of these Mideast wars, Pompeo has corrected him, "When America retreats, chaos often follows." Is Trump looking for a showdown with Iran, which could result in a war that might vault his approval rating, but be a disaster for the Middle East and world economy and do for him what Operation Iraqi Freedom did for George W. Bush? One thing may confidently be said of the rhetoric and actions of Bolton and Pompeo: This is not what brought out the new populists who made Donald Trump president, the people who still share his desire to "stop the endless wars."

Behind The Scenes Shifts In American Foreign Policy Led To Summit Success

President Trump said before the meeting, “It’s a process” and so far, the results of the Trump – Kim Summit have been encouraging enough to call the summit a success, however, it remains to be seen if the behind the scenes changes in U.S. policy outlined here will ultimately result in the desired goal of a nuclear-free North Korea.

How President Donald Trump Can Make the Most of the Summit

CHQ contributor Doug Bandow offers eight suggestions about how President Trump can make the most of the summit with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un, including ending the U.S. “hostile policy” toward North Korea in return for Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearize.

Crying Chuck Schumer’s Hypocrisy On North Korea Summit

Crying Chuck Schumer’s letter to President Trump is merely one more example of how desperate Democrats are to politicize and then torpedo anything Trump does. If the President really wanted to play the same game, he should announce that he was willing to give the North Koreans the same deal Obama gave the Iranians and watch the Democrats squirm.

To Make the Summit a Success, Don’t Mention Toxic Libya Model

After Libya denuclearized the U.S. and Europe showered Muammar Khadafy with flowers. But then a popular revolt broke out and the West used it to launch a campaign for regime change on the cheap. The onetime Libyan strongman died a particularly public and gruesome death and that's not how Kim Jong-un wants to end up.

The Left Attacks Fred Fleitz, The New Chief Of Staff At Trump's NSC

If Fred Fleitz, a distinguished author, former CIA analyst, State Department and House intel Committee staffer with decades of public service can be trashed as a bigot for stating the facts of the government’s case in the successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation then no patriot or conservative policy analyst or author is safe from false charges of bigotry.

Faith Whittlesey An Original Reaganite Remembered

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Ambassador Faith Ryan Whittlesey, an early supporter of Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign and for many years a powerful voice in the conservative movement, will be remembered at a memorial service today, Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church, 2665 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

Kim Jong Un Should Have Read 'The Art Of The Deal'

In Trump’s analysis, the latest North Korean verbal assault was an obvious prelude to cancelling the summit, and the necessary counter was to cancel before they did, putting his adversary in the weaker position of having to ask him to come back to the table.

Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We appear to be at the beginning of a new war, and how it ends we know not. But for Bibi and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the end has always been clear — the smashing of Iran and regime change. Tuesday, Trump warned that Iran is on "a quest for nuclear weapons," and "if we do nothing ... in just a short period of time, the world's worst sponsor of state terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most dangerous weapon." And where is the evidence for this Bush-like assertion? Is the foreign policy that America Firsters voted for being replaced by the Middle East agenda of Bibi and the neoconservatives? So it would appear.

Cleaning House Is Not Enough

Cleaning house of the Obama – McMaster – Tillerson holdovers at State and the NSC isn’t enough. President Trump's national security team needs, not just a house cleaning, but a complete staff renewal that will reinvigorate it with seasoned professionals who share President Trump’s national security goals and will implement them, instead of undermining them.

Senator Rand Paul Chooses Policy Over Politics On Pompeo Vote

The easy political move for Senator Paul would have been to vote “NO” on Mike Pompeo and claim it was a vote based on principle, the tougher and better move for the country, and Senator Paul’s policy goals, was to get the commitments on policy and vote “YES.”

Fear, loathing and John Bolton

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Bluster is an effective weapon in the hands of someone who knows how to use a weapon. Mr. Bolton, like the president, has never been interested in being polite to the imams in Tehran or to Rocket Man in Pyongyang. He has never been a fan of nation-building, particularly when it means deconstructing the nation and everything about it, from its history, culture, even its religion. He’s not a fan because it can’t be done.