Dems Kept Cheerleading Bush-Era Neocons – Now There’s One In The White House

Dems are criticizing Trump’s National Security Advisor pick, not because he’s a warmonger who was one of the original members of the Project for a New American Century, but because he’s allegedly too soft on Russia, Caitlin Johnstone explains.

By Caitlin Johnstone

John Bolton speaking at 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

As so many of us have been dreading, PNAC’s favorite bloodthirsty child killer John Bolton has been added to the Trump administration. And as many half-jokingly predicted, Democrats seized on this opportunity to accuse Bolton of being a Kremlin agent.

Former UN ambassador and prominent neocon John Bolton

That’s right, John Bolton, the guy who has been trying to start a war with Russia since long before the name Vladimir Putin meant anything to the average Democrat, is being accused of colluding with Russia. Count on Democrats to oppose the most virulent neocon in Washington by accusing him of not being hawkish enough.

“John Bolton once suggested Russian hack of DNC may have been a false flag operation by Obama Admin,” fretted lead Democratic Russiagater Adam Schiff, mistaking brazen partisan hackery for actual skepticism about a likely intelligence community false flag.

“Don’t forget the reason for H.R. McMaster’s departure: He criticized Russia,” added Democratic Coalition co-founder Scott Dworkin. “McMaster said publicly that Russia needed to face serious consequences for what they’ve done in Syria & for the gas attack in the UK. John Bolton would never say anything like that.”

“Trump has outdone himself by selecting Bolton,” Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch tweeted with a link to a story about Bolton having appeared in a 2013 video for a Russian gun rights group. “In one appointment, he simultaneously increased the influence of the NRA in his Admin. & found another way to tie himself to Russia. Does he still claim he hires the best people? #TrumpRussia.”

“Bolton is *pre-indictment* for many crimes against America,” tweeted renowned professional intelligence LARPer Eric Garland.

Was he referring to Bolton’s unforgivable war crimes? Of course not.

“He’s owned by Russia,” Garland explained.

There are of course many, many, many extremely legitimate reasons to criticize John Bolton, and none of them involve being too soft on Russia. Not only is he a PNAC signatory who played a major role in manufacturing the lies that led to the Iraq invasion, but he still insists that that invasion was a great idea. He’s advocated for escalations and acts of military violence against every single government that is in any way oppositional to U.S. hegemony including VenezuelaIranNorth KoreaSyriaRussia and China, and account after account of his personal behavior toward people he’s worked with indicate that he is in all likelihood an actual, literal psychopath.

But Democratic opposition to Bolton, even when it doesn’t get sucked up into idiotic Russia conspiracy theory, appears to be receiving a relatively lukewarm response from mainstream America. It certainly isn’t attracting the urgent attention it should be, and certainly isn’t eliciting the level of viral interest as a new “bombshell” Russiagate revelation. And why should it? Propagandists have been pacing rank-and-file Democrats into embracing Iraq-raping Bush-era neocons for more than a year now.

In addition to Democrats being forced to spend 2016 gaslighting themselves into believing that a warmongering neocon who supported the Iraq war would make a great First Female President, they have also been manipulated by the cult of blind anti-Trumpism into accepting neoconservative death worshippers like Bill Kristol, David Frum and Max Boot into their #Resistance fold.

“One of the most amazing outcomes of the Trump administration is the number of neo-conservatives that are now my friends and I am aligned with,” MSNBC pundit Joy Reid openly admitted in an interview last year. “I found myself agreeing on a panel with Bill Kristol. I agree more with Jennifer Rubin, David Frum, and Max Boot than I do with some people on the far left. I am shocked at the way that Donald Trump has brought people together.”

Just as Bolton has cozied up to the Trump crowd by disguising his brazen neoconservative globalism as libertarian-leaning nationalism, neocons like Frum, Boot and Kristol who helped decimate Iraq have been cozying up to mainstream Democrats by posing as woke progressives, and now they’re in like Flynn. Dems had to stretch and compartmentalize their thinking to accommodate the other Bush-era neocons, and even Bush himself to a large extent, so why would a few experts saying “Uh seriously this Bolton guy is deeply terrifying” have any influence over them? They already had to gaslight themselves into believing the bloodshed caused by neoconservatism is fine.

So the American mainstream has been successfully manipulated on both sides of the artificial political divide into supporting vestigial Bush neocons, with #TheResistance proudly retweeting depraved death cultists like Bill Kristol while a majority of the #MAGA crowd support Trump’s elevation of Bolton, and now there’s no one left but us homeless nonpartisans to point and scream about where this all seems to be headed.

Partisan hack Trump supporters are worthless. Partisan hack Democrats are equally worthless. Only those who have awakened from the relentless barrage of mass media psy-ops and seen beyond the fake uni-party trap can see what’s going on. It’s up to us to awaken everyone else.

Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium. Follow her work on FacebookTwitter, or her website. She has a podcast and a new book Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers. This article was re-published with permission.

109 comments for “Dems Kept Cheerleading Bush-Era Neocons – Now There’s One In The White House

  1. March 26, 2018 at 18:21

    It all must be some sort of mass psychosis death wish. And all starting from greed, metastasizing from there.

  2. Carl
    March 25, 2018 at 19:10

    I think Michael Bolton would be a better choice.

  3. Nop
    March 25, 2018 at 16:04

    The faux progressives have fauxed us again.

  4. Rob
    March 25, 2018 at 13:48

    Trump’s selection of the odious John Bolton as his National Security Advisor is evidence that the barrel is empty and he has to scrape deep into the ground beneath it to fill positions in his administration. No one wants to work for him, with good reason, except for hard core sociopaths and imbeciles (e.g. Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos). Hence, we are presented with a truly deranged and wicked person advising the president on vital matters relating to the survival of the planet. What could possibly go wrong?

    I am totally in agreement with Caitlin that the Democratic Party establishment and their tools in the media are covering themselves with shame by embracing the very same people that they decried as war criminals in the not so distant past. Our political class is growing more perverted by the day.

    Tulsi Gabbard for President!

    • Skip Scott
      March 26, 2018 at 08:20

      I am puzzled by the vast disconnect between Trump’s inaugural speech and his cabinet choices, except maybe they were the result of a “trip to the wood shed”. I think he could have gotten some good people early on that would have attempted to pursue his policies of detente with Russia, aversion to useless foreign intervention, bi-lateral trade agreements, return of manufacturing jobs, and a big infrastructure project. The people who could have done that for him are out there, but Trump’s irrational behavior and all his flip-flops have scared them off. That and Schumer’s “six ways from Sunday” has winnowed the field down to nothing.

      • March 26, 2018 at 13:46

        The first sign of trump’s capitulation was to fire the best avatar of his campaign foreign policy General Michael Flynn.

  5. March 25, 2018 at 12:31

    And, get this, because of Trump’s threats on tariffs and trade wars against China, China may make good on its threats to refuse taking our American trash and recycling? What could possibly show more the absurdity of modern life? My, my, if the USA has to deal with its own trash!

    Realist, i truly enjoyed several of your comments. I agree that libertarians and paleoconservatives are about the only politicos upholding their principles. Mike k is right, voting in a fascist society as this one is a throwaway vote. One thing Trump has brought is real dissatisfaction with the status quo. Read that Obama and Michelle were so “proud of our youth” for their march against gun violence, well, that’s fine, but did they march against killing in the ME under Obama? No, they didn’t.

  6. mike k
    March 25, 2018 at 11:44

    Donald Trump plays to the American public, who have been taught to love violence, the military, and wealth. And so we are the richest, most violent country on Earth. We are seeing how that works out in a world on the edge of ecologic collapse and nuclear war. And by the way, we are engaged in nuclear war now, the early phases – which could morph on any given day into the final phase of human extinction.

  7. mike k
    March 25, 2018 at 11:35

    Trump is a dangerous fool. The proof? John Bolton.

  8. Jeff
    March 25, 2018 at 10:09

    A real reason why the Dems are likely to not do as well as they may expect this coming election. I won’t vote for a neocon/lib just because they’ve got a D after their name.

    • mike k
      March 25, 2018 at 11:53

      What the D’s and R’s do in Nov. will be disastrous for our world in any case. In other words, it simply does not matter. Voting in a fascist military state like the US is a con job we would do well to ignore. Why not use our energies for something meaningful, like revolution?

  9. norecovery
    March 24, 2018 at 22:52

    The western oligarchs evidently are desperate, due to Russia’s thwarting of the neocons’ regime change efforts in Syria and Turkey’s turnabout, Russia’s recently-revealed nuclear and conventional military advances, the accelerated abandoning of the Petrodollar and the Swift exchange by China and other nations, China’s technological success and trade partnerships across Africa and Asia, the economic and impending political failure of the Ukraine’s junta, and so much more. The banksters need a major war to avert economic collapse, and thus all the puppets have been installed in their places and ordered to play their roles “or else.” But they can’t win this because Putin and Xi know exactly what’s going on, and while thus far they’ve restrained their reactions against the “Coalition’s” shenanigans, direct violence will not be tolerated and it will be answered with retaliation beyond mere sanctions and expulsion of diplomats. I believe we are on the threshold of a new hot World War that could rapidly escalate to hasten the destruction of habitat for life on planet Earth, an outcome that is already underway due to the environmental ravages by the juggernaut of industrial civilization.

    • Steve McGrath
      March 25, 2018 at 05:39

      There is an alternative and more rational explanation for Trump’s replacement of McMaster with Bolton. On Wednesday, the day before Trump removed McMaster, Trump fired a double barreled Tweet that included his controversial view that “getting along with Russia is a good thing.” and concluded with the popular mantra, in all caps; “PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!,” which I perceived as a ‘tell’ that he was ready to engage Putin in peace negotiations.

      Trump Tweet Part One:

      Trump Tweet Part Two:

      With the US media preoccupied with Stormy Daniels and the march of future gun grabbers this weekend, I had to monitor The Russian News Agency ( for any news of a potential meeting between Trump and Putin. As I suspected, Russia and the US are coordinated efforts to establish a date and venue for what Russia is characterizing as a ‘summit.’ Serbia’s top diplomat has offered Belgrade as a potential venue for the summit. – REPORT:

      Today, TASS published comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that addressed his prior contacts with John Bolton and his appraisal of his performance. Specifically, it was Lavrov’s comment that he regarded Bolton as a “tough diplomat” that peaked my curiosity.

      Lavrov Comments on Bolton:

      With two summits involving diplomatic conflict resolution and potential arms treaty negotiations now on the docket for 2018, Trump will need an experienced diplomat with advanced knowledge of our adversaries’ military capabilities and weapon systems to lead strategic planning efforts for his administration. If this individual will also be expected to participate in the negotiations, then Trump will want them to be a ‘killer’ which is the word he uses to describe ‘tough’ negotiators.

      Although he’s not the only candidate available, John Bolton fits this profile and he also comes with a stamp of approval from Neoconservative Hawks in Congress who do not trust Trump to handle these negotiations. Any peace or arms treaties that emerge from successful negotiations will require a super majority vote (two-thirds) to be ratified.

      Irrespective of John Bolton’s appointment, the prospects of a Trump-Putin Summit in 2018 dwarfs the significance of the bilateral discussions with North Korea slated for this summer. With so many interrelated conflicts involving third party nations (Syria, Ukraine, Iran) it will likely involve a marathon of separate, multi-party plenary sessions before a framework can be established for direct, bilateral negotiations. Looking forward, the opportunities and implications will be extraordinary.

      When viewed in this context, it is possible that the objective of Trump’s hawkish provocations in recent months were devised to create leverage, not war. While risky, they certainly seem to fit within this narrative. The sale of lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine, the disproportionate levy of tariffs on steel and aluminum and bilateral trade negotiations with India each placed pressure on Russia. Perhaps Putin’s recent public unveiling of Russian advancements in military capability was itself a provocation to create leverage.

      It may also explain the perceived chaos and impulsive behavior in the White House recently. During his campaign and throughout his first year in office he has emphasized that any negotiations with foreign adversaries must be conducted from a position of strength.

      We have witnessed the recent reshuffling of his legal team to bring a hasty conclusion to Mueller’s investigation. And his reluctant decision last week to sign the pork laden, $1.3 trillion Omnibus bill, admittedly to preserve his massive increase in military spending, reeks of urgency. Each of these initiatives would be essential in the context of a plan to enter peace and arms negotiations with Putin from ‘a position of strength’.

      Finally, we can’t dismiss the prescient reality that Trump’s insatiable ego would compel him to build his legacy through his affinity for making deals, not war. He has literally been telling us this throughout his entire public life.

    • mike k
      March 25, 2018 at 11:48

      You have got it exactly right, norecovery. I like your sybername, unfortunately it says it all.

  10. jon
    March 24, 2018 at 21:09

    wow, that piece is badly written!! I couldn’t finish it, as there doesn’t seem to be a point. is there an editor in the house?!!

  11. RandyM
    March 24, 2018 at 20:22

    Our political establishment and the sheep that follow it are going to seriously bungle us into war and collapse. Good luck trying to prevent it. It’s what happens to late stage empires. As far as Trump goes, I’m not even sure if he’s making the decisions.

  12. worldblee
    March 24, 2018 at 19:13

    The descent of political discourse in the US–which was already pretty low–is now terrifying in not only its current depth but its stark trajectory toward the bowels of the earth. Bolton is a terrifying neocon who gets a pass from the political class now (thank goodness even in awful previous times he was rejected by the Senate) because he can put together coherent sentences. As long as you can sound fine in the pages of the NYT or on the air on NPR, fake liberals assume you’re SO much better than that awful Trump. But just because you sound educated doesn’t mean you’re not a dangerous reactionary. Caitlin nails it when she says partisan hacks of all stripes are worthless–but I would add “dangerous” as well because their knee jerk reaction to stick it to the other party can help them rationalize some dangerous actions.

    • Annie
      March 25, 2018 at 02:19

      Worldblee, interesting that I know a significant number of people who are staunch Republicans and are ashamed of Trump, and prefer born again Pence. The main reason being he doesn’t put a sophisticated face on the party. It’s not his agenda they’re against, since they don’t ridicule him for that, but for his tweets, his hair, his speech, and the negative press coverage he gets. They are quick to believe in Russia-gate in hopes of getting rid of him. Once in a while I tune into Michael Savage, a conservative radio talk show host who wanted a Trump win, who just said the other day perhaps Clinton would have been a better choice. His callers agreed, since they were furious at his making Bolton his national security adviser out of fears of more wars, more money for the military which they feel will leave little to improve their lives, and they’re right about that since the omnibus bill handed a huge sum to the military. Those are the voices of the so called “deplorables” Hillary referenced, and voted Trump. He certainly has let down his base.

  13. Zachary Smith
    March 24, 2018 at 18:15

    I am shocked at the way that Donald Trump has brought people together.

    I’m shocked and disgusted too, but no longer very surprised. Hillary was even more of a neocon than Trump is – even after his latest betrayals. So the dirty work of both the Empire-For-Profit guys and Holy Israel just comes naturally to the people who presently control the Democratic Party. And it ain’t just foreign policy. Jerks like my “democratic” Indiana Senator regularly vote with Trump, and will continue to do so. On just about everything….

  14. Bob Van Noy
    March 24, 2018 at 17:43

    Here is an excellent brief bio on Edward Lansdale.

  15. Bob Van Noy
    March 24, 2018 at 17:32

    “neocons like Frum, Boot and Kristol who helped decimate Iraq have been cozying up to mainstream Democrats by posing as woke progressives”

    Thank you Caitlin Johnstone for mentioning some of the most dangerous disinformation artists ever…

    David Frum: “As a Bush speechwriter, Frum structured rhetoric for an administration that broke international law while entrenching the U.S. in two Middle East conflicts, neither of which has a foreseeable end. Trumpocracy treats President Trump’s election as an aberration to democratic custom, rather than the inevitable conclusion to neoconservative policies supported by Frum. Long before Trump belittled Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” Frum designated North Korea as the “Axis of Evil.” Long before Nikki Haley recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital without U.N. approval, Frum pushed for the invasion of Iraq.” Davis Richardson Washington Examiner

    Max Boot: Recently I read a head turning review of “The Road Not Taken” by Max Boot where Mr. Boot appears to imply that if Presidents Johnson and Nixon had followed the advice of Edward Lansdale more carefully, the War in Vietnam would have turned out differently! That’s
    simply a stunning. I know of no other single individual more responsible for Foreign Policy failure than Edward Lansdale. A public relations guy who used his marketing knowledge as a military man against every country he was involved with. Some say he was the model for “The Ugly American”.

    Bill Krystal, has he ever been correct on anything?

    These Neocons are the equivalent of a bad disease; they never go away?

    • Bob Van Noy
      March 24, 2018 at 17:37

      Here is a far better quick accessment of Edward Lansdale.

    • Bob Van Noy
      March 24, 2018 at 17:45

      Here is an excellent brief bio on Edward Lansdale.

      • Brian Wilson
        March 24, 2018 at 21:04

        After reading the bio, I have to say quite a white wash. Boot calling him a public relations guy is laughable. If you want to know the real Lansdale, read the 3rd. primary source, Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, for the bio. Apparently the author didn’t. He was the architect for Dallas, 1963. If you want to learn the truth about him, go to Col. Prouty’s website. There’s a wealth of information about Lansdale and Dallas.

        • Bob Van Noy
          March 25, 2018 at 09:39

          Thanks Brian Wilson. I totally agree. Edward Lansdale was at the center of every vile event during his “service” my object is to clearly separate Lansdale and heroic people like Col. Fletcher Prouty. ..

        • Gregory Herr
          March 25, 2018 at 10:20

          The letter from Prouty to Garrison is fascinating.

          • Bob Van Noy
            March 25, 2018 at 12:46

            Yes it is Gregory! Thanks.

          • March 26, 2018 at 00:23

            Gregory, Yes, I agree. Once again Spartacus has proved to be a great reservoir of historical information. The letters at the end of the articles add a personal dimension and that one was chock full of info.. Thanks again, BobV.

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:41

      And you can bet you last dollar they voted for Hillary.

      Not Trump.

  16. March 24, 2018 at 17:07

    “Win Without War” sent an email asking people to call their Senators to block Pompeo for State. That isn’t an option with Bolton for National Security Advisor, but we can call the White House to state our opposition to Bolton.

  17. Annie
    March 24, 2018 at 17:01

    Bolton who joined the National Guard to avoid the draft during the Vietnam war states he didn’t want to die in an Asian rice patty, and justified his unwillingness to serve since he considered it a lost cause due to the anti-war movement and people like Ted Kennedy. I guess we still have old white men all too willing to send young men to war, while they’re safe at home, or on TV spewing war rhetoric. Between Pompeo and Bolton, both with a strong anti-Iran agenda, Trump’s choices are scary, especially since he is so aligned with that position, and with Israel. I can’t see the Democrats embracing Bolton, since it was their party that got the Iran deal passed, however I really can’t feel good about them either, or count on them, not after the Obama years and his wars and coups and his anti-Russia agenda.

  18. March 24, 2018 at 17:00

    Trump is absolutely clueless! One can hope that he takes an incredible aversion to Bolton’s mustache and Bolton will be out the door soon after entering, doing his 3 month stint like most! Wow, what a sellout Joy Reid is for her race, she obviously has no interest in Black Agenda Report! There are some antiwar actions being planned this year, and we should look for them. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – Gil Scott-Heron.

    • Mild-ly - Facetious
      March 25, 2018 at 08:26

      “The Military and the Monetary” – Gil Scott-Heron

  19. Joe Tedesky
    March 24, 2018 at 16:32

    What you are talking about Caitlin I think is a result of our MSM picking and choosing to who will grace the airways, and our print media, where pundits have been combed through and sorted out in such a way as to obscure our hearing or seeing anything remotely resembling a diverse opinion or a honest to goodness liberal mindset has been avoid at all cost. I might add that although this MSM scheme of preventing any honest objective opinions to be put up against the curtain prevailing trends of thought isn’t necessarily considered an offense against our citizens First Amendment Right, it should be.

    For me this article is very appropriate, because after watching a little of MSDNC and then later a half hour of Bill Maher’s one hour show, I couldn’t help but think to how strange that the Left sounds more like the Right these, as the Right moves even more to the Right with Trump’s placing John Bolton into a position of prominence.

    Since our trustworthy Caitlin Johnstone said it I will now call myself a ‘nonpartisan’ because there is nowhere else Left or Right to go.

    • robjira
      March 24, 2018 at 17:55

      Joe, I highly recommend by Tariq Ali; it perfectly sums up what’s been happening since Reagan and Clinton (using the British Thatcher / Blair equivalents).

      • Joe Tedesky
        March 24, 2018 at 22:36

        Thanks for the very informative link robjira. While the Left romances the liberal minded with unending equal rights promises, and the Right thrills the conservative leaning citizen towards building a border wall, it is saddening to see where the two Parties converge is on the horrendous subject of war. Joe

      • Dave P.
        March 24, 2018 at 22:44

        Reading the review, Tariq Ali sure has made some very good and correct observations in the book.

    • March 24, 2018 at 19:46

      My middle adult son has moved back to the house this week and he put Maher on this morning. Then he got busy doing other things and I was left alone in the living room watching the show.

      I couldn’t watch much of it, only a few minutes into the panel’s absurd claims about the Russian boogeyman.

      • Gregory Herr
        March 24, 2018 at 21:30

        Charen did a spiel about Trump, Maher referred to Putin as a dictator, and Hayes preened…I couldn’t take another 5 minutes and went back to TCM.

        • Bill
          March 24, 2018 at 22:04

          You don’t think Putin is a dictator? You are not dealing with reality.

          • Realist
            March 25, 2018 at 02:22

            Not at all. Read what Russian scholars like Stephen F. Cohen or Gilbert Doctorow have to say on the matter. They’ve only studied the society, cultivated associations and connections, collected enormous amounts of data, written lengthy scholarly books and lived there extensively throughout their long careers. Or learn what highly literate Russian expats like the Saker or Dimtry Orlov, who have lived for decades in America but have also studied the land of their birth extensively, have to say on the matter. The reality is that Putin has to please numerous constituent groups just like any American political leader, including both nationalist hardliners and Western-oriented Atlanticists, old time communists (who are slowly disappearing), plundering oligarchs and just regular folks. If you get your information from the MSM, or even from modern American universities where there is now stifling Russophobic conformity, it is YOU who is not dealing with reality. If Putin tried to be a dictator, like Stalin for example, he would be overthrown. Washington would have the regime change it wants. But the truth is that 77% of the 67% of the public who voted in the election, voted for him–quite legitimately if you read accounts by foreign observers. All hand-counted paper ballots, no voting machines and therefore no hacking. He had 6 or 7 different opponents across the political spectrum. The communist candidate came in second (as still usual) with 15% of the vote. But maybe you get your “truth” from Stephen Colbert who insisted the whole election was just a fraud… as if that flake had any special insight into the matter.

          • Anon
            March 25, 2018 at 08:15

            Troll alert; “Bill” may be one of our trolls re-branded, perhaps the $650/week on-line jobber.

          • Mild-ly - Facetious
            March 25, 2018 at 08:18

            Behavioral Science led to Shadow Profiles then Psychographics.
            Artificial Intelligence opens Wide the doorway to mind control.
            Is Facebook data mining the new “COLLECTIVISM”?(Capitalist collectivism writ large)

            or, are those hundreds of thousands of young people who protested yesterday, nation wide And world wide a wonderful picture of “A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM” ?!

          • exiled off mainstreet
            March 25, 2018 at 17:46

            “Realist” is more “realistic” on this issue. The yankee regime is a sort of dictatorship without a dictator since it brushes aside those unwilling to go along with the imperialist total war nihilist program.

      • Joe Tedesky
        March 24, 2018 at 22:43

        Yes Miranda it is very hard to watch the supposed representative liberal Bill Maher jump on the we hate Russia train. In fact every time I do watch Maher I can’t help but think about the real deal George Carlin. Joe

        “When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.” George Carlin

        • Al Pinto
          March 25, 2018 at 12:16

          Comedians, such as George Carlin (RIP), are interesting people. They talk about a number of different subject, such as education, politics, etc., that sounds funny. In reality, the way they about subjects actually describes what’s going on in the country and it’s really not that funny, but people laugh and applaud.

          Take for example his show about education:

          Carlin pretty much identified what’s wrong with the US, even if he did not use the word oligarch. His description of the systematic erosion of education that churns out obedient, mindless people is as accurate as it can get…

          • Joe Tedesky
            March 25, 2018 at 14:08

            Thank you Al. My wife happened to hear Carlin in passing by, and she agrees with this great comedian, as she also wondered to what year that Carlin was performing in that video. Other than that it proves hands down how Carlin is the real deal…. maybe Maher ought to pay attention to Carlin, and lose the Maddow/Reid talking points. Joe

  20. Mild-ly - Facetious
    March 24, 2018 at 16:21

    “Dems are criticizing Trump’s National Security Advisor pick, not because he’s a warmonger who was one of the original members of the Project for a New American Century, but because he’s allegedly too soft on Russia” – Caitlin Johnstone

    Trump’s nirvana is to become the world’s most powerful ruler. Moving the bombastic Bolton and the bellicose Pompeo into their places warmongering places fulfills a major step in Trump’s narcissistic dream of world ruler. His second step is another Strongman at his side in the person of Putin.

    The proper ingredients are now in place; “soft on Russia” acts as the rudimental final touch for fulfillment of ‘Trump’s narcissistic Dream’.

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:33

      Trump may be a greedy narcissist but he is a paragon of virtue compared to Hillary who is so sociopathic and narcissisticshe refused to step down even after she KNEW she would lose to all of the other Republican nominees except Trump……thats why she picked Trump.Trump was Hillary choice ,her pied piper…….and the only one she polled above and only by a few points.

      Trumps narcissism includes a Trump tower in Moscow…….Hillary was WW3 with a Nuclear Russia and genocide.

      Those were the choices.Thank Hillary who had to cheat and still lost to a baboon…….and thank God!

      • Bill
        March 24, 2018 at 22:03

        Time to get over the ‘hate Hillary syndrome’. This site kept saying Trump was a better choice. They ignored Bernie telling them Trump is a pathological liar and now we are stuck with a war cabinet appointed by your beloved Trump.

        You are still working against Hillary who has no power and allowing Trump to destroy our environment and setting us up for a war.

        • Lucius Patrick
          March 25, 2018 at 01:03

          As a lifelong Dem up until Bernie lost, no, I am not going to forget what Hillary did and what she stands for. War and more war. Destruction of Libya, restart of cold war by choosing Nuland to head up Europe and then backing coup in Ukraine (if not instigating it; good chance our CIA and other “resources” including the five billion Nuland referenced us putting into Ukriane’s “Democracy” helped get that thing goind). No fly zones in Syria with the good chance of ww3 in the offing, and HRC making nonsensical statements comparing Putin (who has done a hell of a lot of good for his country including his defensive move to annex Crimea after they voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia) to Hitler. No, I will not forget what HRC stands for, nor all the Dem leaders who promoted her and bemoan her absence…

          • Professor
            March 25, 2018 at 17:04

            Actually before Victoria Nuland married Robert Kagan I believe it was her original benefactor, the great and malignant Dick Cheney that gave her her first real sweetheart position as a Russia hater when he appointed her to be Ambassador to NATO. Hillary probably knew Kagan before she did , maybe she arranged their first date during which they reportedly fell in love while discussing their mutual hatred of Russia. Perhaps it’s just the Romantic in me that makes me want to believe kismet such as this is really possible in this decadent world. Yeah, it was probably Dick Cheney that set the lovebirds up on that beautiful Spring day sometime long ago.

          • Professor
            March 25, 2018 at 17:20

            I read a lot of these comments. Many express disappointment and dissatisfaction with what has heppened to our government , politics in general, the Republicans and Dems, Trump and Hillary. Well, there’s a lot of grist for the mill when it comes to negativity and hopelessness. Getting back on point a little, Bolton is a dissappointment . He is what Trump would have called a loser based on his past performance, he definitely would have fired him on The Apprentice but to be just a little optomistic, our Allies especially the EU don’t like Bolton or Haley and Macron and the Brits are going along but May is an election away. Corbyn will be Prime Minister before Trump is out of office and the Euros, China and REussia do not want war with Iran. A “War Cabinet” may not be of any use to Trump . just more aggressive blather at the UN like Bolton , Samantha Power, Susan Rice and now Nikki Haley. Bolton has been in 3 or 4 Administrations now and this is business as usual and the MIC is doing quite well. The Congress has seen to that. Let’s hope the Midterm brings some new blood in to the Congress , Leftists Democrats and isolationist Republicans and maybe things will calm down a bit. I doubt it, I think arnaggedon’s right around the corner but maybe a beer and some Pizza, Ramen or the latest food fad will calm my stomach down and then I can have some ice Cream and beautiful, beautiful chocolate cake as well

        • Anon
          March 25, 2018 at 08:08

          You made that up: no article on this site advocated Trump except as the perhaps-lesser warmonger. That was the best information then. Obviously no one here is “allowing Trump” to do anything wrong.

        • March 25, 2018 at 18:25

          No power?

          Hillary literally bought the dnc outright

          It’s the democrats who are now the neoconservative war monger Party and is pushing the Russians ruse to deflect from Hillary Clinton’s embarrassing loss and corruption of the dnc, Fbi and DOJ.

          The same FBI that kept her from being indicted for her illegal servers

          The same FBI that used her dossier lie to the FISA court and to illegally spy on a USA Candidate and sitting president

          The same FBI pushing the Russian lies Hillary created

          And Obama knew

          FBI official texted ‘POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing’: report

          That’s treason

    • Realist
      March 25, 2018 at 01:59

      I think I discern a vast over-estimation of Trump’s power and influence in the office of president as expressed by many fellow readers. It seems to me his situation has been tenuous since winning the election and being sworn in, not because of anything he actually did in the real world, but against the background of the false Russiagate narratives propounded by his adversaries in both major political parties.

      He’s on a short leash. He fears of impeachment. He may even fear ass asi nation. Much of what he says and does is to placate those in both parties and in the intelligence communities out for his scalp–like appointing ever-more-strident Russophobes and warmongers to his incredibly fluid cabinet, even though he must realise the contradiction between his words and his deeds. (Hey, be great to get along with Putin and Russie, says he: it’s only logical. So, let me just cast more judgments in the total absence of evidence, impose more baseless sanctions and appoint the most outspoken warmongers on the short list given to me by my Deep State handlers.)

      When he’s not conforming to the standard Clinton/Bush/Obama neocon foreign policy and neoliberal economic policy, though often in dramatic byzantine increments, he basically spends his time venting on Twitter. He feels like the Rodney Dangerfield of presidents, who don’t get no respect at all. So, he rants in tweets of 280 characters or less, a close enough approximation of his ability to communicate in semi-intelligible English. I would love to read a lengthier explanation of his policy or philosophy of governance in a post to this forum, for example, but I don’t think he could accomplish or would risk doing that. So, his churlish tweets are the closest we will get to a window on his “soul.”

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think he has carte blanche to fulfill any narcissistic dreams… no more than Obomber seemed capable of doing. I think his handlers give him a list of options from which to express agreement or disagreement each day in an official briefing, and if his thoughts are not too far at variance from what the Deep State desires, he gets a pat on the head, otherwise he will be reminded of what a lucky man he has been heretofore. If that makes him cranky, he tweets. His tweets are probably “moderated” to keep the pretense of a functional free democratic government, but any genuine revelatory stuff probably gets disappeared. Considering the gaping disconnect between his campaign rhetoric and his daily brain droppings, one might even suspect they are entirely ghost written, kit, caboodle and covfefe… as a service to good government, mind you.

      Then there is dour old Mike Pence, sitting there each day in the on-deck circle, reminding Trump and the rest of us that things can always get worse. I’m not sure what Mr. Pence dreams of doing with the presidency, but word is, he takes his orders right from Jesus.

      • Lois Gagnon
        March 25, 2018 at 12:09

        I think your comment is dead on. Democracy in the US is an illusion kept alive through total manipulation of imagery and control of information. The aristocracy exists on lies, deception, theft and threats of violence.

      • March 25, 2018 at 18:37

        Trump is being threatened and on national media

        They even have criminals Brennan working at msnbc and clapper and Haden at CNN

        Remember this?

        Schumer threatens Trump

        Intelligence community has 6 ways to Sunday to get back at you

      • Dave P.
        March 25, 2018 at 18:48


        I liked your comments very much. You have described the real life events with characters – the Reality Show – going on there in the White House like a literary fiction. I find it very interesting, and some what comforting too to the soul in these times of this very scary and bizarre drama which has been going on the stage with worldwide audience, which may lead to annihilation of humanity on the planet at the end.

  21. mike k
    March 24, 2018 at 16:07

    Don’t think the Democrats don’t stand for something – they stand for getting reelected, and that’s it.

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:28

      Is that why they tried to cram the most hated Democrat in US history ie Hillary down the countries throat?Sanders would have won easily against Trump as would any decent democrat……not Hillary who knew she would even lose to Ted Cruz or any of the other republicans and why Hillary picked Trump…….her pied piper.

      They lost both houses and 2/3ds of the states are controlled by Republicans………the evidence is in.Democrats love to LOSE……..and laugh all the way to the bank with their republican dopplegangers.

      • Realist
        March 25, 2018 at 01:04

        No doubt about it: Trump was Hillary’s insurance policy. That’s why CNN and MSNBC were busy promoting Trump’s candidacy with billions of dollars in free air time whilst the DNC was doing a hatchet job to the Sanders’ campaign behind the scenes.

        The cat is out of the bag that Democrats no longer stand for world peace, balanced budgets and liberal causes when Joy Reid brags on all her new neocon friends that Mr. Trump brought her into alliance with… obviously because she now stands for ethnic bigotry (the essence of Russophobia), perpetual war, and enrichment of the MIC at the expense of infrastructure, social programs and the economic well-being of the disappearing middle class. It’s no wonder that Jimmy Dore and his panel hates that woman’s guts more than any other “liberal” Democratic turncoat other than the Great Hildebeast herself, and Rachel Maddow who fancies herself sitting at the right hand of the Goddess.

        Well, in this topsy-turvey world that THEY have turned upside down, I have come to have much more respect for the principled libertarians and paleoconservatives who choose to uphold the constitution and the rule of law rather than opportunistically grab for power like mindless tools who will do or say anything for Hillary and her Wall Street-supported, neoliberal, fat-cat corporate Democrats. Seems to me, that it’s much more worth my while, as a true liberal Democrat dedicated to world peace, the fiscal solvency of this country and equal economic opportunity for all our citizens and not just the top 1%, to ally with the likes of Paul Craig Roberts, David Stockman, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Pat Buchanan and numerous other honorable former adversaries rather than the thoroughly zombified fools with the [D]’s after their names who would take this nation into nuclear war (or myriad other forms of wanton destruction in these clashes of civilisations they so eagerly seek) in the service of outrageous lies merely to advance the ambitions of Hillary Clinton and the party she, together with Barack Insane Obama, has so egregiously misled.

        These people have thrown out their avowed principles in the quest for power, and what’s so very sad, is they look like totally transparent liars and hypocrites in doing so. They haven’t fooled anyone, they have merely recruited numerous others to the same dark side that they now follow. Their paramount rhetorical weapon is fear. Their marching order is “fear the other.” Only we represent what is good. All others are evil. In fact, they are so bad that all is permitted–lying, cheating, stealing, calumny, even murder and false flag attacks–in the attempt to defeat them, be they Russians, Republicans or even non-brainwashed fellow Democrats.

        • Joe Tedesky
          March 25, 2018 at 10:28

          Realist nice reply to a comment poster who would do well to worry more about what our American leaders are up to, and to leave the Russian people’s popular elected leader alone. We Americans can hardly criticize another country by calling their leader a dictator when in the U.S. our society is being fought over by a hidden hand of the National Security Deep State. Talk about throwing stones at glass houses…. (‘uh the nerve of that guy’. Curly the 3 Stooges)

          I see Bolton’s admittance into the Trump Administration as a process whereas Trump will have a Zio-Cabinet when finished.

          Strange how when Trump’s back was up the most against the wall with Russia-Gate that he comes to the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Now he has Alan Dershowitz, Joe diGenova, Victoria Toensing, and of course Fox News working for him to put this Mueller investigation to rest.

          So when all this goes down the Zionist will have Trump squeezed with Russia-Gate & Excort-Gate, and via Fox Hillary & Bill will be sweating in their pants over Uranium One amongst charges of computer security breaches, and thus the Zio-Masters now have control of not only the current American President plus they have the sitting U.S. President’s most recent presidential rival. The Clintons maybe somewhat down and out, but even with Bill & Hillary sitting in jail they would still be a very powerful force to reckon with…. as they’ll never see a jail cell from within the inside, not in this life time. Both Trump & the Clinton’s accusation by both sides involve Russia in a comprising way for Putin, so either allegation charges paint a ugly picture of Russia. Think about it, how perfect for the ZioMasters is that? I think the Zionist Plan is to have 2 happy and relieved exonerated American political leading forces appreciative to their Zionist Masters for getting their sorry guilty asses off the hook. Gratitude is a positive form of blackmail.

          By doing what I just described the Zionist hold both the Dem’s & the Repub’s by the nuts, as now the perfect opportunity has arrived. America is now under complete and total control of the Zionist, so expect the worst and forget the best from even being remotely possible from its happening.

          So Trump is putting together a Cabinet under the direction of Adelson, and Bibi. Here is where the Israeli Lobby has taken over complete control of our American government. We are now moving from our Neocon influenced foreign policy to it now becoming a full blown Zionist operation of the worst kind. If the Zionist do get their way, and they won’t because in the end the world won’t let it, but none the less the Yinon Plan will go completely global. Gaza will become a model for the world.

          I’m leaning very heavily towards all out war with Iran, and possibly Russia. Where I once had hope for Moon Jae in to give peace a chance on the Korean Peninsula I now have grave doubt. Whatever in the hell it is that is going on in the eastern Ukraine isn’t something to warm your heart with hope for peace either. Even more concerning is what Caitlin Johnstone is pointing out, is that the pseudo limousine liberal hates Russia, and Iran. It will be left to us nonpartisans to petition for peace, so get out your poster board and prepare to do some protest marches. So America’s Left has for all practical purposes drunk the Zio-Kool Aid. All of this combined is a nightmare in real time, but to an American warmonger or to a Zio-Nut news like this could never be better.

          Even if all of this maneuvering were but only an accident, then it could not have worked out any better for the crazy Zionist who have for so long been pulling on the American politicians puppet strings to do as poor Israel says. Like it has been said for so many times before on this comment board, that the real outside interference into our American government isn’t a red white and blue Russia as the U.S. has been taken over by the blue and white of Israel. Joe

          • Dave P.
            March 25, 2018 at 13:04


            You sure have nailed it. This is exactly what it is leading to, as you have described. I agree with Realist too. Being a progressive Democrat all my life, for the last few years I have come to the conclusion that only libertarians like Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and others like PCR, and even Pat Buchanan are the only ones left who have some principles among the whole Political Establishment.

            I never liked Pat Buchanan, in fact quite the opposite. He was a committed conservative hawk, and anti- Soviet/Russia. But he had some principles and view point and he still has that. There is no such thing as Democrats and Republicans, Liberals or progressives left here in the country any more. They have successfully extinguished all this and brainwashed just about all of the population as well. What is left is a Wall Street Controlled War party, who is committed to rule all over the whole planet. Russia is in the way, and with 24/7 Russian Hysteria, Russia being the Evil propaganda unleashed on the people, just about the whole population has been almost brainwashed, and hypnotized to believe it.

            All we have to look forward to are Wars, and destruction. They will stop at nothing less.

          • Joe Tedesky
            March 25, 2018 at 13:56

            Dave it is odd to who is resisting the current trend towards the complete takeover of the U.S. government and military apparatuses of our nation. The guy I’d love to hear more from is Louis Farrakhan, but in case you haven’t noticed Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul have been preempted to the point of their extinction to be heard from on our MSM, while Rand gets as little news coverage as possible, so my waiting for Louis Farrakhan to be heard from will most definitely go unheard.

            Dave I may not have my analysis perfectly correct, since we are analyzing a moving target, but from where I see it America is finally being sucked up by the Israeli’s. True Israel has had a lot of influence inside of our American government for a very longtime, but now with Pompeo, Haspel, and Bolton being installed into Trump’s ever changing White House who knows to what’s coming next? The Israeli situation the way I see it, is being kicked up a few notches to no notches left.

            Like I said, even if it’s isnt an Israeli complete takeover by Zionist design the Zionist could not have done better as to put Trump and the Democrates behind such a huge eight ball, for if they can control the two parties lead runners scandals. Seriously just look at how this is all unfolding, then take a look at how Israel will benefit. We are definitely on our way to war with Syria, then onto Iran, and there after possibly a massive confrontation with Russia. Also keep your eight on the Chinese, because China is really starting to show their teeth in the South Asian Sea lanes.

            Dave, sorry for all the down and rotten news, but on this Sunday of March 25th 2018 that’s the way I see it…. who knows maybe tomorrow I’ll see it differently, but for now and as of today I’m seeing an Israeli flag flying over the White House. Joe

          • Realist
            March 25, 2018 at 15:18

            Oh, my, I just got moderated, Joe, when I tried to address your assessment of who really has most of the power and influence not only in America but also in Russia. Surprised they allow the topic to be discussed at all. The world is being led off a precipice to advance the interests of a tiny in-crowd with no concern for any but themselves.

          • Realist
            March 26, 2018 at 13:21

            Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. They permanently deleted my “moderated” criticism of the chosen ones, and I wasn’t nearly as strident as you were, Joe, in my criticism–didn’t even use the “Z” word. However, I did characterise them as the Turkic people whose name begins with “K” and not legitimate historical claimants to the “holy” land. Maybe that’s verboten. It’s always a mystery what boundaries TPTB think you have crossed. I understand they must be concerned with the mindset of potential donors.

        • March 25, 2018 at 18:11


  22. Al Pinto
    March 24, 2018 at 15:59

    “So the American mainstream has been successfully manipulated on both sides of the artificial political divide into supporting vestigial Bush neocons….”

    Come on Ms Johnston, you should know know better than writing something like this. This statement is simply not true, well, other than may be on the surface. The American mainstream media is owned by oligarchs, who happen to control the government. The American mainstream media, and to certain extent the world media, has been the mouthpiece for the government and by proxy the oligarchs.

    How else can you explain that war criminal is named as the new national security advisor?

    • Anon
      March 24, 2018 at 18:45

      Ms. Johnstone appears to have meant that: the duopoly serve the same oligarchy, or subsets thereof.

    • exiled off mainstreet
      March 25, 2018 at 17:40

      The quoted statement and the article as a whole are supported by the facts. The duopoly and the oligarchy are in full control. Actually, the rest of the critique agrees with the actual tenor of the article and recognizes these alarming facts.

  23. robjira
    March 24, 2018 at 15:55

    “Homeless nonpartisans” is almost as good as “disillusioned idealist (Carlin’s definition of a pessimist);” weel done, Caitlin.

  24. Abe
    March 24, 2018 at 15:54

    It’s time to ditch the weasel word “neocon” and call these characters what they are: pro-Israel warhawks.

    Bolton has repeatedly urged military strikes against Iran:

    “Naming Bolton suggests Trump is ready to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by May 12, the deadline for Trump to waive sanctions. The deal trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program. Bolton is a staunch opponent of the deal, as is Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief Trump nominated last week to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. […]

    “Bolton has close relations with the pro-Israel community stemming from his success in 1991 in getting the United Nations to rescind its Zionism is racism resolution. Bolton was at the time the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs under President George H. W. Bush.

    “Bush’s son, George W. Bush, nominated Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and named him acting ambassador. Bolton never cleared the Senate nominating process, in part because of his hawkishness on Middle Eastern issues, but also because subordinates at the State Department emerged to describe him as an abusive boss. Bolton had under the younger Bush been the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

    “Pro-Israel groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, at the time broke with their protocol against endorsing a nominee and lobbied for Bolton’s confrimation, but to no avail. Bolton was forced to step down from the U.N. post.

    “McMaster got along well with his Israeli counterparts but angered some on the right wing of the pro-Israel community because of reports that he blocked Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump ultimately recognized Jerusalem last December.”

    Bolton served as a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 5 August 2005 until 31 December 2006. Bolton is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a Fox News Channel commentator. He was a foreign policy adviser to 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    A pro-Israel Lobby zealot for U.S. Wars for Israel, Bolton is closely involved with several pro-Israel think tanks, policy institutes and special interest groups, including the infamous Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA).

    Bolton also serves as Chairman of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based pro-Israel think tank whose founder and President Nina Rosenfield, an heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune, is an ardent Zionist.

    Rosenfield was vice president of Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and has served on the board of directors of many pro-Israel organizations, including Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Center for Security Policy (CSP), and the Hudson Institute. In 2003, Rosenfield was given an award by the Zionist Organization of America for her pro-Israel advocacy. She also serves on the board of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), headed by former IDF Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin.

    Make no mistake: there are pro-Israel warhawks aplenty in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    The only difference is the Dems, including Sanders, are over the top in their enthusiasm for the idiotic “Russia conspiracy” theory.

    • Abe
      March 28, 2018 at 12:59

      “Given his embrace of extremist Zionism, it is no surprise that Bolton has found himself replacing H.R. McMaster, whose ouster was orchestrated by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson. Bolton has long been promoted by Adelson, as the latter personally intervened to keep Bolton in contact with the Trump throughout his presidency and had lobbied soon after Trump’s election to have Bolton appointed to his cabinet. Like the embassy move to Jerusalem, Adelson has again gotten his wish.

      “Adelson’s push to have Bolton installed comes at a crucial time, as Israel is currently preparing for war on ‘three fronts’ – Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria – and is actively lobbying for American aid and involvement in launching that war. With Bolton in the Trump administration, along with numerous other staunch Israel allies in key government positions, Israel will likely get that aid in addition to American troops fighting alongside them, even if Israel is the aggressor in the imminent conflict.

      “The timing of Bolton’s appointment as National Security Adviser is also noteworthy, as it comes little over a month before the U.S. embassy is set to move to Jerusalem, when tensions between Israel, Palestine and its neighbors will be at their highest and when a war is most likely to break out. Bolton is set to ensure strong U.S. support for any Israeli military action that takes place during this time, even though Israel is explicitly planning to target civilians and civilian infrastructure.

      Israel First: Bolton’s Past Advocacy for Israel at US Expense Heralds Dangerous New Era in Geopolitics
      By Whitney Webb

    • Abe
      March 28, 2018 at 13:08

      “Bolton is no ordinary neoconservative hawk. He has been obsessed for many years with going to war against the Islamic Republic, calling repeatedly for bombing Iran in his regular appearances on Fox News, without the slightest indication that he understands the consequences of such a policy.

      “His is not merely a rhetorical stance: Bolton actively conspired during his tenure as the Bush administration’s policymaker on Iran from 2002 through 2004 to establish the political conditions necessary for the administration to carry out military action.

      “More than anyone else inside or outside the Trump administration, Bolton has already influenced Trump to tear up the Iran nuclear deal. Bolton parlayed his connection with the primary financier behind both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump himself – the militantly Zionist casino magnate Sheldon Adelson – to get Trump’s ear last October, just as the president was preparing to announce his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He spoke with Trump by phone from Las Vegas after meeting with Adelson.

      “It was Bolton who persuaded Trump to commit to specific language pledging to pull out of the JCPOA if Congress and America’s European allies did not go along with demands for major changes that were clearly calculated to ensure the deal would fall apart.”

      The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran
      By Gareth Porter

  25. Gregory Herr
    March 24, 2018 at 15:49

    From Diana Johnstone:

    “John R. Bolton is not merely hostile to North Korea, or to Iran, or to Russia, but is exorbitantly hostile to them all. Bolton is the perfect national security advisor to get the United States into war against most of the world…Bolton opposes any deal with Russia, China, Syria, Iran or North Korea on the grounds that they are “regimes that make agreements and lie about them”. Any such agreement is “doomed to failure”, he recently told Fox news. This attitude rules out diplomacy and implies that force is the only way to settle differences.”

    Yep Caitlin, those clueless partisan hacks leave the rest of us in quite a predicament. And how about that Dworkin mental dwarf on McMaster being fired for saying something against Russia (that Bolton wouldn’t do!). Good grief, why then isn’t Trump the Putin puppet stuffing a sock in Haley’s mouth or telling Teresa May to get real?

    • Tannenhouser
      March 24, 2018 at 16:42

      Um….. it’s trump. He has better things to stuff in her mouth, and he kinda did tell may to get real. Not that I disagree with your statement.

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:24

      The CIA kills presidents thats why.

      The CIA and its neo-cons want WW3 as planned with Hillary.Now they and their democrat allies have Trump boxed into a corner…….any capitulation to Russia and he is a puppet……they even have the UK back playing their part to perfection……just like Tony ” with you whatever ” Blaire did….ZERO evidence of Russian involvement…….. but who needs evidence right ?………we just make it up!

      • exiled off mainstreet
        March 25, 2018 at 17:37

        Unfortunately, I think this is the best explanation. I think Trump succumbed on Bolton because of his promise to sack all of the Obama holdovers, but he will bring in other pro-war types, and survival, therefore, is in question.

  26. Jim
    March 24, 2018 at 15:45

    BS. I’ve heard little but how he’s a warmongerintg POS from dem pols and pundits. I’ve spent almost 20 years now railing against the good cop/bad cop, faux duopoly, janus-like condition in DC, but that still doesn’t compel me to take license with the facts like a commohn rightwinger. What I’d like to know is where are all the articles about the new Gucifer is a Russian agent reports from the “Russiagate should be ignored as a deep state assault on poor trump” writers around here.

    • Al Pinto
      March 24, 2018 at 16:04

      Well, we don’t read fake news, please do give us the details….

      • Jim
        March 24, 2018 at 20:50

        do it yourself trumpster

    • Abe
      March 24, 2018 at 16:24

      More belching from the belly of the beast:

      The Daily Beast, citing “a source familiar with the matter”, now claims that “Guccifer 2.0” is in fact a Russian GRU officer. According the the anonymous “source”, “Guccifer” once forgot to use a VPN, leaving IP logs on “an American social media company” server. The IP address was allegedly used by US investigators to identify “Guccifer 2.0” as “a particular GRU officer working out of the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street (ru) in Moscow.”

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:20

      You still think Saddam had WMD?

      Still think Saddam was behind 9/11?

      Still believe Powell’s UN lies with his vials of talc and artist renditions of mobile labs?…….nice bush strokes.

      Russia gate brought to you by the very same criminals…especially lying spying torture enthusiast Mueller.

      Fool me once…..

      Mueller is complicit in run up to Iraqi War; Weapons of Mass …

      Video for mueller lies to congress
      ? 0:25
      Aug 16, 2017 – Uploaded by dario
      Mueller fronts a partisan bias; Weapons of Mass Destruction. Earth to liberals: Robert Mueller lied us into …

      • Jim
        March 24, 2018 at 20:54

        meaningless and irrelevant garbage, not to mention illogical and extremely ignorant. How for example do questions eregarding wmd or SH’s involvement in 9/11 flow from anything I posted? My being anti-Clinton and anti-trump doesn’t make me stupid enough to believe the things you do.

        • Anon
          March 25, 2018 at 07:45

          Your belligerence and failure to cite evidence do not place you among intelligent readers.

          • Jim
            March 26, 2018 at 17:25

            Cite what evidence clown> Asserted that almost all I’ve “heard” from pols and pundits allegedly left of center has been…” which is obvious to anyone who watches MSNBC, CNN< or reads the lefty news cites. Why in the fuck do you think I should provide what is tantamount to common knowledge to ignorant idiots?

        • March 25, 2018 at 18:10

          Mueller lying to Congress

          Mueller is a bush cabal toady who stood with the lying spying torture enthusiasts at the CIA

          This is your hero

          Own it

          • Jim
            March 26, 2018 at 17:29

            and still meaningless garbage that in no way rebuts anything his investigation has produced so far save in the little minds of trumpsters. One doesn’t need to be a Mueller fan (which I ain’t) to understand that, just have the intellectual heft and integrity you lack.

    • Bill
      March 24, 2018 at 21:57

      Jim, you are right. Them dems response to Bolton has been overwhelmingly critical of his support for Iraq and his attitude toward North Korea. This site is consumed with anything that might be negative about Russia and i don’t understand it.

      I just did a quick survey of democratic response and didn’t see a single mention of Russia.

      • Anon
        March 25, 2018 at 08:21

        Troll alert; sure, “Bill” just “did a survey of the dems” and couldn’t find anything negative about Russia.
        The greatest fool thinks that all others are greater fools.

        • Skip Scott
          March 26, 2018 at 07:56

          BTW- This is Bill Cash. He dropped his last name, but forgot to lose the picture of the dog.

      • Jim
        March 26, 2018 at 17:26

        It seems to be overrun with Trump turdlets.

  27. Professor
    March 24, 2018 at 15:39

    Funny (sic) the way things always seem to turn out that way when you have a UPC Code tattooed on your butt and you go begging for donations crawling on your knees only standing long enough to grab your ankles then getting a little taste of you know what you deserve. . It’s called Politics and it’s a pay to play gig. So very, very sad. The donors get to have their beautiful, gorgeous, sumptuous , delicious chocolate cake and eat it too, then still be skinny. . Trumpenstein is in over his head, Everybody knows who Bolton is, nobody likes him. Even Trump doesn’t like his mustache according to “unnamed sources”. Bolton should have been smarter than to take the position given his strength is power predisposition but somebody had to do it. Trump is in dangerous territory now. Not with Iran, Chima, Russia and N Korea. He has no support in the Republican Party that is willing to fall on it’s sword for his inane decision making when he throws in with commodities that are already proven to be unpopular. Sad part is like this article insinuates the Dems , certain of them, may be Bolton’s strongest supporters.

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:16

      Its the democrats who have coddled the war criminals and torture enthusiasts like Brennen {who now works for MSNBC} and Gen Haden And Clapper { talking head on CNN} and their new Hero and Bush accomplice Mueller.

      Its democrats who have been Pushing from the RIGHT ie the neo -CONS anti-Russia aganda and Ruse based on Zero evidence… different than what they did with their vials of talc and artist renditions of moblie labs in Iraq WMD lies………and with the UK forever helpful in the deceit and lies.

      Democrats are now the Bush neo-con party { they always were , ask Hillary} and now have Trump cornered into WW3 with Russia or he is a Russian puppet…….very clever.

      • Abby
        March 24, 2018 at 23:08

        You are so right, Jean. The kabuki theater show that we have been subjected to for decades shows how utterly corrupt the democrats are. Too many people still believe that they are the opposition party when all along they have walked side by side with the republicans.

        If Obama had prosecuted the war criminals including the tortures and the bank CEOs, Bolton wouldn’t be outside of a prison, Gina wouldn’t be facing a confirmation hearing and more people would probably still have their homes, jobs and pensions.

        But as this article states, he was just a puppet president and did none of these things. How so many people can still think that he was the greatest president since FDR is beyond comprehension.

        • Sr. Gibbonk
          March 27, 2018 at 23:55

          Sidney S. Wolin called them “the inauthentic opposition” in his must read analysis of the crazed American Imperium that, btw, is making the post Augustus, lead poisoned Roman Empire seem positively rational:

          Democracy, Inc.: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

          The Roman’s Circus Maximus has as its descendants the circus that is American corporate “journalism”, especially the TV variety.

      • Zim
        March 25, 2018 at 11:22

        Yup. Spot on comment.

      • John Kauai
        March 28, 2018 at 21:47

        I am not going to deny what is happening WRT WW3, but to say that this is all the fault of the Democrats is ridiculous.

        Now -IF- your point is that the Democrats too have signed on to this campaign to bring on WW3, sure, I agree.

        But don’t try to place the blame solely on “The Democrats” thus giving the Republicans and the Oligarchs a “free ride.”

    • jeff montanye
      March 31, 2018 at 00:00

      the first cause of a great deal of this war mongery, particularly among the neocons, is the “at war” status of israel. supposedly they are negotiating some gift of sovereignty to the palestinians, while they are each killing each other. and making worse much of the rest of the world, if the truth be told.

      perhaps the best, simplest, cheapest, safest way to bring peace to palestine is to give (?) israel sovereignty in all of it, including gaza. they won; it’s over. now make all the palestinians voting israeli citizens. the palestinians would be immediately vastly better off, the rest of the world, particularly the u.s., wonderfully lightened of an excruciating burden, and, for those israelis who don’t want to wait for the next slap, knife, body, or suitcase bomb, as good a chance as any and better than most.

  28. Tannenhouser
    March 24, 2018 at 15:19

    Lets hope the ‘turnover’ rate of the current administration stays high.

    • Al Pinto
      March 24, 2018 at 16:00

      I’d settle for a week or so….:)

    • March 24, 2018 at 18:47

      Any day now watch them break out the exact same False Narrative, PsyOp “Iran Has Nuclear Weapons” Script.

      Don’t Fool yourselves.

      These Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths are going “All In.”

    • Sam F
      March 24, 2018 at 19:04

      I’ll suggest that Trump may be surrounding himself with warmongers on the theory that bluster will scare NK and Iran into taking less favorable terms; he may think that he can play the “good cop” against “bad cop” associates. That would be naive, as other leaders are not fools, and bluster causes serious mistakes. But if so, Bolton et al will be expendable and embarrassing after such negotiations.

      He may think that warmonger appointments will appease the warmonger Dems and scare the anti-war Dems from pushing for his ouster. But if so he is being manipulated easily.

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