Iran says Bolton pick as national security adviser 'matter of shame'

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill Maryland

Iran says Bolton pick as national security adviser 'matter of shame'

"Iraq was a waste of blood & treasure".

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, said Bolton is the "wrong choice" for national security adviser, given his "disturbing and bellicose record of choosing confrontation rather than dialogue, politicizing intelligence to fit his worldview, and aggressively undermining treaties and negotiations created to reduce weapons-related security threats".

Along comes Bolton, who believes there is a yawning divide between "Americanists" and "globalists" (a term Bannon also used) who seek to tie the United States down, as the Lilliputians did to Gulliver.

"He is among the most hawkish of neoconservative hawks", Mr Bennett says.

He forcefully argued that Iraq had WMDs - "we are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction", as he put in one 2002 speech. "So I think that's a good message in itself", says Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.), a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council.

"They've set the table pretty well for these conversations", he said.

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Carter added that he "hope [s] and pray [s]" that a meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place.

The North Korean government responded to his exclusion by saying "such a human scum and bloodsucker is not entitled to take part in the talks".

While Tillerson insisted throughout his tenure that all diplomatic avenues be exhausted with North Korea, Pompeo has spoken of decapitating that country's leadership and offering the president "a range of options" if he decides to choose a more forceful approach. "Already there are rumblings that Russia, China and North Korea wont be happy to see Bolton having the presidents ear - which proves Trump chose wisely", said New York Posts Michael Goodwin.

Earlier this year he appeared to oppose such talks happening at all. "North Korea's nuclear weapons by striking first", he wrote in the Wall Street Journal in February.

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

Of course, Bolton is just as opposed to any deal with Pyongyang - and just as willing to use force to try to end the North Korean nuclear program.

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"I have been concerned at some of the things he's decided", Carter told CBS News host Norah O'Donnell. @AmbJohnBolton is a highly respected American patriot who will bring decades of experience to our national security team.

He was an ambassador to the United Nations in the mid-2000s.

The New York Timess Bret Stephens said if his presence in the White House helps scare the organisation into real reform, so much the better. "If it lost 10 storeys, it wouldn't make a bit of difference", he said. When the No. 2 official at the U.N., Mark Malloch Brown, suggested that Americans were acting against their own interests when they bashed the world body, Bolton exploded. "It's just illegitimate", Bolton said.

But critics on the other side of politics have slammed the appointment.

Democratic Sen. Edward Markey of MA, on hearing the news of the Bolton appointment - which does not require congressional approval - tweeted: "Bolton played a key role in politicizing the intel that misled us into the Iraq War". The language of Trump's in-your-face inaugural address echoed these views: "From this moment on, it's going to be America First", he said.

"You just hired someone who is likely to start another wasteful war!", tweeted another.

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