We just moved a little closer to insanity in the Trump White House. More “resignations” today. The most alarming was perhaps General H.R. McMaster, the administration’s national security adviser. Trump is cleaning out the moderates and replacing them in this instance with a “chicken-hawk”, John Bolton. I don’t use the term “chicken hawk” lightly. Bolton is just one of a long cast of characters including former Vice President Dick Cheney and others who brought us the Iraq war which ended in the loss of 5400 American men and women, over 11000 wounded and maimed for life, and thousands of civilian deaths. “chicken-hawks” is the appropriate term for these warmongers.
Bolton who has a long history of advocating military force to solve international problems, not the least of which was the bogus rationale for the United States to invade Iraq. He is on record as opposing the Iran nuclear agreement and calling for a pre-emptive strike, essentially going to war with Iran. Further, has advanced the notion that the United States should commence a strike on North Korea rather than another round of diplomatic talks. This is tough talk and a clear and present danger to the country, especially from a “chicken-hawk.”
Bolton is more than willing to have others do the actual fighting in any given military action. He is more than willing to sacrifice the young men and women, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers of our nation to be killed, wounded, or maimed for life. For all of Bolton’s bravado, when given the opportunity to serve his country, he dodged it. His reason was “I confess I had no desire to die in some Southeast Asian rice paddy,” Bolton wrote in his Yale 25th reunion book. “I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” So did a lot of others serving in Viet Nam at the time. Bolton has no credibility when talking of going to war. He is a “chicken-hawk” and should just STFU!
It is not hard to understand why President Trump has appointed Bolton. Trump is a “chicken-hawk” too. He blusters, brags, and bullies. He threatens to blow up the Iran deal and has made all kinds of threats to North Korea. But when it came time to put his life in harm’s way, he dodged the draft with “bone spurs?” He later confessed on shock jock, Howard Stern’s radio show, that avoiding STDs was his personal Viet Nam. “You know, if you’re young, and in this era, and if you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam — it’s called the dating game,” Trump said to Stern in a 1993 interview. “Dating is like being in Vietnam. You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.” Trump has no credibility either. He is a “chicken-hawk” and should just STFU too!
Both Trump and Bolton should spend a great deal of time reading the names on the Viet Nam Wall in Washington, D.C. Those men and women are the real heroes who put their lives in harm’s way when their nation called them. Bolton and Trump wimped out.