John Bolton is an atrocious pick for national security adviser

Former U.S. ambassador John Bolton speaks during the CPAC gathering in February in National Harbor Md

Former U.S. ambassador John Bolton speaks during the CPAC gathering in February in National Harbor Md

Another big shakeup within the Trump administration.

But with Pompeo set to replace him and Bolton on his way to the White House, the accord's coffin may well have been nailed shut.

Another source said, "He is going to remove nearly all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in".

A second former White House official bluntly warned that "everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit".

Now, if Trump decides to abandon the Iran nuclear deal he has an adviser who thinks Iran can be disarmed by force-and was one of the principal players who pushed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Freedman is now helping manage the transition, according to a source familiar with the call.

Shortly after the news broke, Bolton said on Fox News that he wasn't expecting an announcement to be made Thursday afternoon. "He is overly ambitious about cleaning house". Here again, Bolton demands full on regime change rather than a (still poorly reasoned) limited, "bloody nose" strike; he crafts his arguments based on faulty reasoning, wishful thinking and a borderline sociopathic lack of care for the lives - of civilians and US military personnel alike ‚ that would be lost in the process.

Also on Sunday, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman for the influential parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, told the semi-official ISNA news agency that Bolton's appointment, as well as that of former CIA chief Mike Pompeo to US Secretary of State, "proves that the final US goal is overthrowing the Islamic Republic (of Iran)".

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But Bolton's tragically shortsighted opinions about USA foreign policy extend beyond the Middle East.

Among the officials Bolton's allies are urging him to fire is Nadia Schadlow, now the deputy national security advisor for strategy. Bustani, the USA led the campaign to remove him because he was planning to inspect Iraq's state facilities for chemical weapons.

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Whether Bolton will sign off on the staff purge his allies and advisors are pushing is less clear, though he has been insistent about ousting so-called Obama holdovers.

"Bolton can and will clean house", one former White House official told Foreign Policy, while another source said "he is going to remove nearly all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in".

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A source familiar with those meetings said the two have spent more time recently getting to know each other, discussing Bolton's views and getting a better sense of each other.

McMaster was brought in after Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was dismissed after less than a month in office. And Bolton's call for a preemptive attack on North Korea makes any prospects for a Trump-Kim Jong Un summit look slimmer than they already were.

Bolton has been a foreign policy hawk in Republican circles for decades, having served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and George W Bush.

There are still plenty of those who support Bolton as the ideal pick to steer the President's foreign policy agenda and Bolton, it seems, played the long game brilliantly.

And he tells OneNewsNow that the Iranians in particular should be concerned about Bolton's advice to the president. But Bolton is signaling restraint until Trump makes a decision.

Trump and Bolton have discussed staffing changes since at least last July, when Bolton was offered the job as McMaster's deputy, the position now held by Waddell.

Sources with knowledge of McMaster's standing in the White House had repeatedly said that he was on thin ice.

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