John Bolton

Finally, the Odd Couple Splits

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What Mattis is saying is that Trump’s goal of extracting us from the “forever war” entails too great a risk, and U.S. troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan will have to soldier on, indefinitely. North Korea continues to test missiles that may not be able to hit the U.S. homeland, but they could hit U.S. troops and bases in South Korea and Japan. If, by 2020, Kim Jong Un still refuses to give up his nuclear weapons, Iran is back to enriching uranium, the Taliban atrocities continue unabated, and U.S. troops remain in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in the same numbers they are today, what does Trump do? What does Trump say?

After Bolton, Should Trump Be Talking to Despots?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What to do about Afghanistan? Trump wants to leave but Bolton wants to stay. Horrid as Afghanistan may be — and a culture much of which still treats women like chattel and young boys like concubines in 2019, not to mention subsisting on the production of opium poppies, is pretty horrid indeed — there is little we can do about it. Enough of our young people have been killed or wounded, enough of our treasure spent. Basta! Let's get out, intelligently obviously (i. e. not like Vietnam). And we have plenty to do back home. Now that Bernie Sanders is allying with Linda Sarsour, we have to prevent America from turning into Afghanistan.

Could British Incompetence Lead America To War With Iran?

The Iranians have now made a point of showing the British and the world that they have the same capabilities as the old imperial power, and that they were not afraid to use them. Based on their own diminished capabilities, the British have few good alternatives short of outright capitulation, meaning any military response to the hijacking of their ship would, perforce, involve the United States.

Prospects Of War With Iran Heating Up… Again

Americans might justifiably ask what does the hijacking of a Panamanian-flagged vessel operating out of the UAE and the British seizure of an Iranian vessel operating in violation of international sanctions have to do with us? The answer is that President Trump has approved an operation in which U.S. warships act as sentinels at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.

Conservatives Divided On Iran Retaliation

With principled conservatives, such as Senator Tom Cotton and Rep. Matt Gaetz, divided over what the proper response to Iranian aggression in the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz should be – or even if any response is required – we’d like to hear what CHQ readers and friends have to say. Please use the comments section in this article to tell us what you think.

#NeverTrump New York Times Pushing For War With Iran

The questions raised by Iranian attaks in the Gulf of Oman are not the small ball queries proposed by Bret Stephens, who assumes the Ayatollah’s regime must last indefinitely. The real consequential question is: Is it better for us to defeat the Islamic Republic of Iran through the economic and cultural means that brought down the Soviet Union, or is it better for us to go to war?

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.