John Bolton

Riding With Bolton


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John Bolton has advocated regime change in North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The only fascist government he hasn’t advocated regime change for is Donald Trump’s. But that might change.

John Bolton is a war hawk neocon who was a huge supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Today, he’s unapologetic about invading the wrong country. He’s not a big fan of Russia or North Korea and despite this, Donald Trump hired him to be his third National Security Adviser. The only thing that made Trump hesitate in hiring Bolton was his mustache. As a child, Trump had nightmares of being attacked by Captain Crunch.

It’s been speculated that Bolton did a crummy job as National Security Adviser. According to some sources, instead of collecting as much intel and expert viewpoints within the government to present to Trump, he only brought his opinions. He disagreed with Trump on his policies with Iran, Russia, and North Korea. Trump has made statements that Bolton is a hawk and wanted to invade everybody all at once. Trump even claimed that he “tempered” Bolton’s hawkish instincts. None of this is why Bolton is leaving the White House.

White House sources say Trump and Bolton had a huge argument Monday night over inviting the Taliban to Camp David on the week of 9/11. Bolton claims he offered his resignation that night and Trump said they should talk about it Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he fired Bolton. Bolton later contradicted Trump. Say what you will about Bolton’s hawkish viewpoints, but between him and Trump, he’s not the one with a reputation of being a liar.

It was soon leaked out of the White House that Trump wanted Bolton gone because he believes Bolton leaks out of the White House. After Trump tweeted to the world about the Taliban invite, it was reported that Vice-President Mike Pence disagreed. Later, Pence said he never disagreed with Trump over inviting the Taliban to Camp David. Pence is really showing the extent of his sycophancy when he wants everyone to know he liked the idea of having the Taliban over for dinner. However, Bolton has been accused of being the one who leaked to the press that Pence hated the idea.

In less than three years, Donald Trump has gone through three National Security Advisers. Soon, he’ll have more of them than he’s had wives. No other president has had four national security advisers in their first three years in office. If you include “acting,” Trump has had five. President Obama had three during his entire eight years in office (George W. Bush had two, Bill Clinton had two, and Ronald Reagan had six). No president has ever had one serve as short a time as just 24 days (Michael Flynn).

While it was known Bolton was on thin ice in Trump’s White House, his departure came suddenly. Bolton led a meeting with national security principals in the Situation Room Tuesday morning. At 11 a.m. The White House scheduled a 1:30 p.m. briefing that was to include Bolton along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Baby Fishmouth Mnuchin on terrorism (why is the Treasury Secretary an administration player on foreign policy? Is it because he bankrolled The Lego Batman Movie?). Bolton’s departure was announced before the briefing where Pompeo and Mnuchin grinned like crackheads on free crack day. It was well known that Pompeo and Bolton didn’t like each other. It’s also well known that nobody really likes John Bolton.

The big thing that really put Bolton on the outs with Trump is that he didn’t subordinate his views to match Trump’s. People like Pompeo, Pence, and the entire Republican Party are on record of changing their views to fit whatever the hell it is today that Trump believes in, like Nazis are good people, incarcerating brown babies, and inviting the Taliban to Camp David on 9/11 week. Bolton didn’t do that. Bolton was even accused of refusing to appear on two Sunday talk shows during the G7 summit because he didn’t want to defend Trump’s position on Russia. When Trump went skipping with Kim Jong Un over the North Korean border, Bolton was in Mongolia.

Now, Bolton is in political Mongolia and he’s never coming back. We will never see Bolton in government service ever again and that’s a good thing. While Fox News is trying to paint the guy as a liberal, and others will soon say Democrats now like him, the fact of the matter is, John Bolton is dangerous. Even if Trump didn’t listen to him, having a war hawk that extreme anywhere near the Oval Office is dangerous to the nation, especially with a stupid and easily-duped president such as Donald Trump. People like Pompeo had to constantly battle for their viewpoints to win Trump over the positions of Bolton. As Stephen Colbert said, “I have never been more grateful for the president’s pettiness and stupidity because today, he was stupidly petty enough to save us from a very smart warmonger.” Of course, the downside of Bolton leaving is that now we’ll probably help North Korea build a nuclear weapon and we’ll see Putin at the next G7 summit.

Donald Trump told us during the campaign that he’d only hire the best. Let’s hope for his next National Security Adviser, he can find the very best out of those willing to shed all ethics and dignity to work for Donald Trump.

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A Sinking Argument


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In 1898, the USS Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor (if you’re a conservative, Havana is in Cuba). It was sunk in February of that year. By April, we were at war with Spain. At that time, Spain was a world power whose strength was dwindling. But, they still held territories from their days of conquest. When the war was over, Spanish Empire was no more and the United States was a world power taking possession of Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. The war only lasted ten weeks and none of the fighting was in the U.S. or Spain.

The sinking of the Maine was a contributing factor for the U.S. to go to war with Spain. The public wasn’t enthusiastic about war until the Maine was sunk. Newspapers at the time, operating with less journalistic integrity than they do now, published on front pages the rallying cry, “Remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!” And to this day, we don’t know what sunk the ship. But quite frankly, wouldn’t Spain had rather sunk a ship that didn’t rhyme with “Spain?”

There has never been any proof the Spaniards sunk The Maine. In 1974, a U.S. naval investigation agreed with the theory that the sinking happened because the ship’s magazines had been ignited by a spontaneous fire in a coal bunker. Spain never even got a “my bad.”

In 1915 during World War I (which nobody was calling “World War I” at the time), the ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by Germany off the coast of Ireland. Germany was waging submarine warfare against the United Kingdom which had initiated a naval blockade of Germany. Propaganda was spread by both sides, but the tide of public opinion internationally went against Germany, which was easy because they’re German. While the ship was carrying civilian passengers, including many Americans, Germany argued that it was also carrying ammunition for the war. The sinking helped instigate America’s entry into World War I (in case you’re a Trump cultist, we entered on the side of the British, not the Germans), which before had been very unpopular in the U.S. Most Americans couldn’t see how the fight in Europe was any business of the United States. Most historians still can’t find any genuine reason for the U.S. to have been in World War I.

The UK denied that the ship carried ammunition but decades later, issued a warning to divers stating the equivalent of, “hey, be careful. There are ammunitions down there.”

In 1964, the U.S. Navy and North Vietnamese Navy had one or two skirmishes in the Gulf of Tonkin. One or two? Yes, because to this day, we’re not sure. But whatever happened in the Gulf led the U.S. to become way more involved in the Vietnam War.

Three North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked the destroyer, USS Maddox. Four North Vietnamese sailors were killed, six wounded, with damages to each torpedo boat. One American aircraft was damaged and a single bullet hole was discovered in the ship. The U.S. later claimed there was a second attack but the only evidence found have been ghost radar images. The U.S. Navy described ghost images as a naval battle.

What happened next was Congress giving President Lyndon Johnson authority to assist any Southeast Asian nation who was being threatened by communist aggression. Lyndon later used this to justify escalating the war. Full details of the Tonkin incident were kept from the public and later, many involved claimed the Maddox was used to instigate North Vietnam to attack it in order to justify the U.S. going to war.

In 2003, the U.S. led an international coalition in an invasion of Iraq based on the lie that they had weapons of mass destruction and a nuclear program. In case you’re a Republican, No. They did not have weapons of mass destruction and their nuclear program was about as advanced as my microwave oven. I have to state that because people like John Bolton, our current National Security Adviser, still argues the case for invading Iraq.

There were also lies that Iraq was involved in 9/11 with a majority of Americans holding that belief. What was ignored by American politicians and the public was that Iraq never attacked the United States.

Ultimately, over 4,000 American soldiers were killed with an estimated 100,000 plus Iraqi civilian deaths. We overthrew Saddam Hussein and Iraq became a “democracy.” Iraq also became a nation full of insurgents. And even though the Iraqi Army was demolished, the government destroyed, and George W. Bush declaring “mission accomplished,” the war continued for nearly nine years. We created a power vacuum in Iraq and created ISIS. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney made a terrorist rock star out of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Are you ready to do it again?

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Face-Melting Diplomacy


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National security adviser John Bolton is a war hawk. Even though he personally refused to fight in Vietnam and admitted he joined the Maryland National Guard to avoid fighting, he’s advocated for sending American troops to die in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea. Like most Republican war hawks, he thinks it’s a great idea for other people to fight wars as long as he doesn’t have to.  So, it pains me that I have to actually agree with John Bolton on something. North Korea violated UN Sanctions when it fired off several ballistic missiles in early May.

In 2006, while Bolton was U.S. ambassador to the UN, sanctions were levied upon North Korea stating that the DPRK “not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile.” These sanctions were expanded in 2009. While the missiles they tested this month were short-range, they were ballistic missiles.

Shortly after the test, the American president, ugh, Donald Trump told Politico, “these were short-range missiles and very standard stuff. Very standard.” The American president was defending a dictator’s violation of a United Nations resolution. But hey, defending tyrants and Nazis for Trump is “very standard stuff.”

Last weekend between golf, eating burnt steak with ketchup, and watching obese men grapple in diapers, Trump furthered his defense of the North Korean tyrant in a tweet stating, “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me.” He expressed confidence that Kim Jong Un will keep his “promise” to him to denuclearize, even though there’s no commitment on paper.

But, why should Kim denuclearize when Trump is giving him a pass? Trump earlier stated he wouldn’t tolerate any more missile tests because it was he who got Kim to stop firing missiles. Now that Kim has fired off some missiles, Trump is backtracking on principles faster than Mitch McConnell. Trump was much more interested in Kim’s insults toward his most feared political rival, Joe Biden.

What Trump is teaching dictators is that if they pander to his ego and narcissism, throw him an occasional parade, give him a sword dance, put his face on outside jumbotrons, mimic his talking points, and attack his political opponents, then they can do whatever they want, from attacking our elections, murdering journalists, to firing ballistic missiles in violations of UN sanctions.

Bolton is correct that North Korea violated a UN sanction. Trump is ignoring his national security adviser and American intelligence by demonstrating he doesn’t possess any intelligence of his own.

Trump criticized former American presidents for accepting promises from Kim and later allowing him to break them. Now, when Kim breaks his promises to him, Trump denies it’s happening. His ego and narcissism is a threat to the lives of Americans and our allies.

When his cultists’ faces are melting from a nuclear blast, will they finally accept that Trump is a disaster?

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Come At Me Bro


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The stupidity of Donald Trump seems to increase throughout the day, so when he starts the morning by tweeting he’ll beat up Joe Biden, “fast and hard, and crying all the way,” you know we’re in for layers on top of layers of idiocy…and maybe in trouble.

Biden made comments that if they were in high school, he’d beat the hell out of Trump for disrespecting women. Biden’s actual quote was, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”

Trump claims Biden threatened him with physical assault. I find it scary that the president, who is faced with life and nation-altering decisions on a daily basis, can’t comprehend a simple sentence. What Biden said was not a threat. Also, being a bully, Trump missed the part where Biden’s comments were about the way he treats women. Trump didn’t have an issue with that part.

Someone that stupid is stupid enough to slam China with $60 billion worth of tariffs, thus making the stock market plunge by more than 700 points. He accomplished that feat shortly after lunch.

While announcing the tariffs, he brought along the CEO of Lockheed-Martin, who is in favor of the policy. Trump introduced Marillyn Hewson as “Maryllyn LOCKHEED.” Why did he do that? Because he can’t read the notes (DO NOT APOLOGIZE) and he’s stupid. Ms. Hewson is lucky she got out of there without an orange groping.

Later, Trump’s lead attorney, John Dowd, defending him in the Russia Investigation quit, or he resigned, or was fired. We’re not sure. At any rate, he’s out of there, probably skipping all the way. Trump wasn’t done firing for the day as he let go National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster in favor of Captain Mustache John Bolton.

Days ago, Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders both said there would not be any changes to Trump’s legal team and that H.R. McMaster wasn’t going anywhere. “Heckuva job, Brownie” continues to be the kiss of death in Republican administrations.

Hiring John Bolton to head the National Security Council is stupid. Trump once said we can’t trust anyone involved in the decision to invade Iraq, and then he hires a guy in on the decision to invade Iraq.

Bolton was previously George W. Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations for just a few months, despite once commenting, “If the U.N. Secretariat building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference.” He was installed with a recess appointment and then resigned when the Senate returned because there wasn’t a chance in Hell he would be confirmed. Even Republicans don’t like the guy and find him too far to the right. But, he’s on Fox News and Trump loves that.

Bolton recently wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal advocating bombing North Korea. He’s also advocated military action against Iran and Cuba.

Fred Kaplan, writing for Slate, said that installing Bolton puts us on a path to war. War with whom? That’s anyone’s guess since this is Bolton and dammit, he wants us to bomb somebody. Kaplan writes, “it’s time to push the panic button.” He’s right.

The National Security Adviser’s job is to assemble the cabinet secretaries, debate options for military and foreign policy and presenting every choice and option to the president. Bolton is not a guy who tolerates opinions that differ from his. While he was under secretary of state he tried to fire two intelligence analysts who challenged his view (that was wrong) that Cuba was developing biological weapons and supplying them to rogue regimes. He also tried to prevent any information from being presented that disagreed with the findings of Iraq having chemical weapons, or that even said investigations were incomplete on the subject.

Of course, Bolton doesn’t have any actual experience with war as he dodged the Vietnam draft by joining the National Guard. I don’t begrudge anyone who joined the Guard to avoid the draft. But I do have an issue with assholes who want us to go to war as soon as they’re too old to be called to fight.

Trump once made a comment about what’s the use of having nuclear weapons if we don’t use them. Bolton, who will now have an office very close to Trump’s, will now be in his ear every day saying “what’s the use of having nuclear weapons if we don’t use them?”

It’s time to panic.

Creative notes: If you don’t get this cartoon, then you don’t watch enough TV. I had the concept for Trump with the “come at me bro” shirt before the news hit about Bolton being hired. That actually helped me write the cartoon. To be honest, I really wanted to use the phrase “come at me bro” bad enough to risk drawing something that won’t make sense to a lot of people. But, it made me laugh. Besides, I can’t recall the last time I’ve drawn a manatee, if ever.

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