McMaster’s out. Bolton’s in. Be very afraid

From USA Today:

As if the Trump presidency hasn’t created enough causes for concern, here’s the latest: A president who famously threatened to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korea has hired one of the nation’s most hawkish foreign policy experts as national security adviser.

Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton might very well reinforce Trump’s most hard-edged impulses, among them trashing the Iran nuclear deal, in which Tehran agreed to dismantle its nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Add to this equation the voice of Mike Pompeo, the hard-line CIA director recently nominated to replace the fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the three-year-old Iran deal’s days appear to be numbered.

U.S. withdrawal from the multilateral agreement with Europe, Russia and China is likely to prompt Iran to restart its nuclear weapons program, spawning the regional nuclear arms race that Bolton, years ago, wrongly predicted would be the result of President Obama’s negotiations with Tehran.

Moreover, withdrawing from the Iran deal would seriously undermine U.S. credibility. Why would North Korean leader Kim Jong Un give up his nuclear weapons in a negotiated agreement — as Iran did in 2015 — if an American president can come along later and arbitrarily tear it up?

So the world might soon face two heated, nuclear crises at once: one in Iran and another in North Korea. Never fear. Bolton — whose belligerent policy ideas were too much even for a Republican-led Senate in 2005, which voted down his nomination as U.N. ambassador (he served temporarily as a recess appointment) — has already opined on what the United States should do about Iran and North Korea: attack.

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