Another massive America news blizzard yesterday: Trump lawyer quits, tariffs tariffs tariffs, stock-market slide, former alleged mistresses of the President speaking out, McMaster out (finally), Bolton in (finally). And then, as a night cap, the Senate approves a whooping $1.3 trillion spending plan to prevent a government shutdown.
The Bolton news has, so far, been the most headline grabbing, even though people in the know — and readers of Spectator USA — have known it was about to happen for weeks now. Trump has rather sweetly let it be known that he has hired Bolton on the condition he didn’t start any wars: ‘now now John, don’t go nuking’ but people who cherish world peace are right to be alarmed. Bolton appears never to have seen an international problem he didn’t want to turn into a war. He wanted to attack Cuba over WMDs that weren’t real. He backed Obama’s disastrous Libya war. He was a major Iraq cheerleader and he is almost desperate to attack Iran.
The most interesting theory so far is that Trump announced Bolton today to distract from the spending bill, which the President is understood to be very disappointed with and which has angered the fiscal hawks (very different to the war hawks) in his party. Trump’s hope, then, would be that everybody would be so busy staring at Bolton’s moustache and his equally ridiculous foreign-policy record that they wouldn’t notice he just lost to the Democrats in the Senate.
Trump only got $4 billion for his war on opioids but he got a fraction of the $25 billion he wanted to build the wall. Trump doesn’t like losing — so he gave the world John Bolton just to say to hell with all of you. That may sound rather too crazed; but then remember the man who is in the Oval Office.