This is a profile on John Bolton

This is a profile on John Bolton: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/06/john-bolton-on-the-warpath

It’s good, but long. If you don’t want to read it, there’s an audio version (~1 hour, just above the text) that’s done well. It’s pretty terrifying. The man is straight-up militant about everything. He believes in punishing other countries with force.

I would recommend it, though. It’s a pretty engaging article, and you learn about all the crazy shit Bolton was involved with which includes the 2000 election Florida vote count, Bolton’s organization paid Cambridge Analytica $1.2 million between 2014-2016,

Two fun quotes:

In 2011, Bolton became the head of the National Rifle Association’s international-affairs subcommittee. Two years later, he gave a video address to a conference hosted by a Russian gun-rights group, the Right to Bear Arms. In it, Bolton offered congratulations on the twentieth anniversary of the Russian constitution, which, he said, “signalled a new era of freedom for the Russian people and created a new force for democracy in the world.”

and

In March, 2005, Bush nominated Bolton to be the Ambassador to the United Nations, a move that was widely seen as an expression of contempt for the institution. Bolton had a history of deriding the U.N., once saying that if the headquarters “lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” Still, Democrats in the Senate anticipated a routine hearing; they were the minority party and could do little to resist. Tony Blinken, who was the staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told me that the members began to reconsider as they examined Bolton’s work in the State Department. “We saw a pattern of Mr. Bolton trying to manipulate intelligence to justify his views,” Blinken told me. “If it had happened once, maybe. But it came up multiple times, and always it was the same underlying issue: he would stake out a position, and then, if the intelligence didn’t support it, he would try to exaggerate the intelligence and marginalize the officials who had produced it.” After several days of testimony, Senator George Voinovich, a Republican from Ohio, declared, “John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be.”

This, ladies and gents, is our National Security Advisor, currently trying to push every political lever at his disposal to instigate a war with Iran.

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