Bolton's rise will mean more unilateral USA action

US Marines use heavy equipment as they prepare to bring down a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in 2003

From Berlin and Jerusalem to Seoul and Tokyo, U.S. allies who have been relieved that Trump's unconventional rhetoric on foreign policy often has not translated to concrete policy are bracing for a shift.

One can assume the president approves of his new adviser's ideas on how to exit the Iran nuclear deal.

North Korea is immediately within Trump's crosshairs.

"Given the gaps in U.S. intelligence about North Korea, we should not wait until the very last minute".

Pompeo echoes Bolton. He wants to roll back "the disastrous deal" with Iran, and said previous year, on Fox News, that the only diplomatic option left with North Korea was "to end the regime".

Fittingly, the majority response to his appointment can be seen in headlines as well: The editorial on the front page of today's New York Times is titled "Yes, John Bolton really is that unsafe", while the Washington Post went with "Reaction to Bolton: Stunned, worried, horrified-The return of John Bolton, a hawk on North Korea and Iran, sparks concerns".

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who leads Jewish Home, tweeted that Bolton was "an extraordinary security expert, experienced diplomat and a stalwart friend of Israel."Environment Minister Zeev Elkin of Netanyahu's Likud echoed his cabinet colleagues, telling Tel Aviv radio station 102 FM Bolton was "unquestionably a friend of Israel for many years, including in his position as USA ambassador to the UN". Bolton had said of Russia's announcement of new ICBM missiles that "there needs to be a strategic response to Russia's new nuclear missiles to show our allies in Europe that we will not let Russian Federation push the USA or its allies around". Democratic Senator Bob Menendez declared that while Trump might view Bolton as a sympathetic sycophant, "I would remind him that Mr Bolton has a reckless approach to advancing the safety and security of Americans-far outside any political party". "President Trump who has been extremely skeptical about recent increases in USA forces and Pompeo/Bolton might play to that skepticism and reverse course", Markey further says. I am thankful to President Donald J Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security adviser. Bolton, on the other hand, will only feed into calls for war, he says. Coupled with his nomination of the hard-line Central Intelligence Agency director, Mike Pompeo, as secretary of state, Mr Trump is indulging his worst nationalist instincts.

Now, Bolton's regime-change rhetoric toward North Korea and Iran may lead to a hardening of policy, allies believe. There is no anti-war faction of the American ruling class as the past quarter century of U.S. invasions and interventions demonstrates. "We used to have occasional phone conversations". But Bolton, who has advocated preemptive strikes, moves into the president's inner circle as the South Korean president prepares to hold a summit with Kim Jong Un at the end of April, with Trump following suit in May. And of course, as explored above, he is a chief architect of a war that President Trump (falsely) campaigned on opposing.

Along with France's ambassador, Bolton led the Security Council to approve a unanimous resolution to end the summer 2006 Hezbollah war on Israel, to authorise United Nations peacekeepers and to create an arms embargo against Hezbollah. "We talked about it in conference calls, in meetings".

Bolton's appointment does not require US Senate confirmation. "The Trump administration is turning out to be the most friendly administration to Israel ever".

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