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September 10, 2019

Trump Fires Yosemite Sam

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - 17:58 UTC · 10 Sep 2019

I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore....
...I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.

Oh happy day!

Bolton disagrees with Trump's tweet and he is now texting reporters to say that he wasn't fired but resigned:

Robert Costa @costareports - 18:16 UTC · 10 Sep 2019

Ambassador Bolton sends me a text message just now: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”

John Bolton was the worst person I could think of to become National Security Advisor. But Trump being Trump he may find an even worse one. How about Jared Kushner?

Bolton will not take his firing without some revenge. There will soon be tons of 'leaks' in which a "former senior administration official" will claim that Trump did this or that very, very bad thing.

Gabby Orr @GabbyOrr_ - 18:43 UTC · 10 Sep 2019

A consistent complaint among Trump loyalists & fellow WH officials is that Bolton and his camp were extremely leaky. Doesn’t help that he’s texting every reporter in his rolodex now to clarify that he wasn’t canned

While he did not work long as Trump's NSA Bolton managed to create a lot of damage.

Michael Tracey @mtracey - 18:39 UTC · Sep 10, 2019

Bolton blew up the Hanoi summit with Kim, pushed for airstrikes on Iran, completely botched the attempted Venezuela coup, undermined the Syria troop withdrawal, demanded endless war in Afghanistan. And that's just in the past 9 months. The guy is a total lunatic

We published quite a bit about John Bolton. Here is a short selection:

Feb 12 2006 - Bolton

Mar 23 2018 - John Bolton - The Man With A Hammer Is Looking For Nails

May 13 2018 - John Bolton Once Sabotaged A Deal With North Korea - He Will Try To Repeat That Feat

May 24 2018 - How John Bolton Sabotaged The North Korea Talks

Jun  5 2018 - John Bolton Wants No Deal With North Korea Or Iran - But Is There Any Other Choice?

Jun 19 2019 - How John Bolton Controls The Administration And Donald Trump

Bolton will have nothing left to control but his anger.

May the fishes avoid him.

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@100 dh - dumb twat will have to ask his daughter, son and law, sheldon adelson and netanyahu, to see if it is okay first..

Posted by: james | Sep 11 2019 23:20 utc | 101

This leads me to conclude that Bolton's continuing ability to pursue his career isn't so much the result of Bolton's efforts as it is the result of the efforts of Bolton's sponsors. But who these sponsors might be goes largely un-researched and un-analyzed.

Has any work appeared anywhere which looks into this issue in more than a perfunctory way?

Posted by: blob dog | Sep 11 2019 14:22 utc | 85

Yes. Plenty.
My favourite is a TV doco called The Shadow World.
It's based on a book of the same name by Andrew Feinstein. I haven't read the book but the doco makes a compelling case that the No 1 source of funding for political corruption in The West is the Military-Industrial Complex Gravy Train.

It begins with the observation that at the end of WWI there were 22,000 new millionaires in AmeriKKKa - all of whom had made their fortunes by profiting from that war. That's a pretty solid financial base from which to bribe (own) as many politicians as necessary.

It jumps around a lot but has many hilights including Maggie Thatcher's dog-like devotion to Bandar Bush who, among other things, was allegedly given a BAE airliner as a reward for facilitating UK's arms sales to Saudi Barbaria. BB's total remuneration is estimated to be in excess of $1 Billion. There's an an amusing little clip of BB cheerfully reminding his critics that "We didn't invent corruption!"

There's a not-so-amusing clip of Bush II and Tony Bliar laughing off a suggestion that Bliar spiked an Official Inquiry into his role in launching the Iraq War, on the grounds that it would have "undermined public confidence" or some such claptrap.

It's on the www and you can Google it. If it's not available free, then pay to watch it.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 12 2019 4:32 utc | 102

Tom Cotton may even be worse. Let’s hope he doesn’t go that route i’m sure that guy would love the job too

Posted by: Danny | Sep 12 2019 12:31 utc | 103

Donald Trump couldn't do worse than contact the winners and runners-up of his old show "The Apprentice" (when he was hosting it) to offer one of them the vacant National Security Advisor position.

Posted by: Jen | Sep 12 2019 23:00 utc | 104

If Bolton is leaking. Why isn’t he in jail?

Posted by: Brian | Sep 13 2019 4:06 utc | 105

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 10 2019 17:21 utc | 13

For felt two decades by now, I wonder if it is helpful to label someone a troll. We all mirror to some extend. One could call it hope, maybe. Or the optimists approach vs the pessimist.


But this is interesting:
"Trump's innermost preoccupation is radical trade realignment which will reverse trade flows, repatriate industrial capacity & reallocate global prosperity, which will deflate the USD as reserve currency (defuse the Triffin Paradox), which will cause the petrodollar-financed Mil-Indust-Complex to contract via attrition without a pitched and frontal battle that he could well lose.

and this, seemingly variation on a more recent meme, that made over here too, into the German Weakly Die Zeit. The author called it Russia's "hybrid warfare". E.g. state owned production and irocnically enough, suspicion of Russia hiding part of its MIC complex in some type of creative acounting. Like the US of A? Irony alert:
"If Russia can develop superior weapons systems on 1/9 the budget, the Pentagon will need to acclimate to new fiscal realities."


Posted by: Vig | Sep 13 2019 10:59 utc | 106

“You must get rid of Bolton!”

Posted by: Royal Knights | Sep 13 2019 16:08 utc | 107


The stolen global prosperity that the bankers 'patriated' into the USD (via petrodollar recycling) was not left sitting idly in the American consumers' pockets. That would run counter to the international bankers' credo of stealing from EVERYONE ALL THE TIME.

The FIRE economy was revved up in a hurry to sop up the ill-gotten dollarized windfalls. As a young Deputy Treasury Sec Volcker informed then-NSA Director Kissinger (circa 1970) that the way to maintain hegemony while running twin deficits was to steal the surpluses of everyone else i.e, run ever-bigger deficits. Luciferean backwardation. The finite storehouse of gold gave way to the near-infinite flow of oil. Remember too, the bankers awarded themselves a 300% pay raise by tagging the hapless Faisal with 'oil embargoing' and hiding the whole two-step behind the Yom Kippur War. They also averted a major debt fiasco by rescuing the beleaguered oil companies with massive price increases. Come on. Let's take a moment to salute just how purely genius evil genius can be.

Since the Triffin Paradox mandates domestic trade deficits, US productive capacity was shipped overseas, thus simultaneously minting the China Miracle and initiating the US Managed Decline Arc. US household income peaked Jan 1973 --same month Joe Biden ('China poses no threat to the US - that's why I let Hunter sign deals in the back of AF-2') arrived in DC as a 32-year-old Senator. Delicious irony.

My hunch on Trump -call it wishful if you like- is that he is fully confident a demoralized and idled American population (long since drifted into opioids and other self-destructive vices) can be re-normalized back into nation-among-nations status, the old virtues of can-do-itness can be reprised and the crutch of reserve currency status, which does more harm than good both domestically and internationally, can be scrapped. Domestically, this manifests as a titanic Main Street-vs-Wall Street struggle to which Trump is hopelessly outnumbered, except for a bedrock and immovable 45% of the voting public. Half the nation is nothing to sneeze at.

America in the middle is like a dry sponge. When was the last time anywhere on the planet people lined up for 48 hours to attend a political leader's rally? The People sense an exit from the yolk of neo-liberal trickle-up theft. The Left is famous for labeling Trump's economic populism incipient fascism. But it's really the natural enthusiasm of a long-unaddressed people. Managed Democracy with its crafty camera angles, distorted crowd counts and moribund political mannequins cannot match the effusions of an aroused Direct Democracy.

For seventy years America the Nation has been expropriated by America the Empire (the latter really being a transnational entity masquerading as an organic fixture. Catherine Austin Fitts calls it the Tape Worm)

There's ample time to bemoan Bolton's yet-to-be-announced successor. TODAY, as signaled by receding oil and gold prices, the world is a safer place for Bolton's departure.

Posted by: FSD | Sep 13 2019 17:15 utc | 108

Sorry, msg 108 is a response to Psychohistorian, @106.

Posted by: FSD | Sep 13 2019 17:17 utc | 109

Kirakou talking about why he wrote his June prediction (which turned out to be right).
As he wrote in June - it has nothing to do with Bolton's policies, it had to do with Bolton leaking info out and pissing Trump off.
Kiriakou also saying 2 people are replacement candidates: Steven Beigun and Douglas Macgregor
Biegun is the guy handling North Korea - which I presume is responsible for the positive work which Bolton singlehanded interrupted while Macgregor is isolationist.
It seems like the question then is North Korea treaty or Afghanistan withdrawal.
MacGregor will push the Afghanistan "declare victory and go home" while Biegun probably makes more sense in place to potentially also "win" North Korea.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 14 2019 18:11 utc | 110

My reading of the firing is that Bolton "argued forcefully" against Trump.

And we all know how Trump treats "disloyal employees" (read: anyone who disagrees with him once too many times.) They get fired.

That's it. Nothing else changes as a result of this firing.

And then Trump appoints a Bolton protege as the interim National Security Advisor.

And then today I read *that* guy - when he was working for Reagan - once argued that winning a nuclear war with Russia was possible, even if it killed "only" twenty million Americans and 150 million Russians and took fifteen years for the US to recover.

So, yeah, that really demonstrates how Trump didn't like Bolton's policies...not.

Meanwhile Trump is invoking a dead hemisphere treaty to justify invading Venezuela...No, it's not a "more gentle Donald." Give it up, Trump supporters - the guy is a warmongering idiot.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Sep 14 2019 18:41 utc | 111

@ #111
All I presented is what Kiriakou wrote/talked about.
Ultimately, he has built credibility both from being a publicly prosecuted whistleblower and having correctly called Bolton's departure.
If one of the 2 people he names winds up as NSA, that would only reinforce the record he had built.
You're welcome to any opinion you like - but that's not the same as someone who has made public pronouncements and been borne out by actual history.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 14 2019 20:00 utc | 112

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