Thursday, March 22, 2018

RNSC John Bolton Excellent Choice For National Security Advisor

Another Excellent Choice: Trump Names John Bolton New National Security Advisor. He Replaces Gen. H.R. McMaster
John Bolton will replace H.R. McMaster as President Donald Trump's national security advisor, the latest move in an ongoing shakeup of the president's top advisors.
In a tweet Thursday, Trump said Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., will take over the post on April 9. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, "has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend," the president wrote.
Bolton is a well known hardliner and waged a lonely struggle for 3.5 years while the Obama administration ignored the Islamic State.
Bolton has long been an enthusiastic supporter of increasing defense spending, and the new Pentagon budget for the next two years was a triumph for him.
President Trump has tweeted Bolton's comments several times in the past, including his opposition to the Iran nuke deal and the Paris climate accord.
During the transition, Bolton urged Trump to make a major increase in the national missile defense budget, and that has now occurred.
On Fox News, Bolton was asked "Why don't we just shoot down North Korea's missile?" He responded:
Bolton: “This is a very good and pertinent question. The answer is that we have some capability.
"The president of South Korea has reversed his position and has agreed to the deployment of a U.S. THAAD system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense).
"It is capable against short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile systems.
"It is not designed to intercept intercontinental-range ballistic missiles and would not be able to intercept a North Korean Hwasong-14 ICBM, the missile tested on July 4 and July 28, 2017.
"There’s a lesson the American people have to learn urgently. Under Barack Obama, we gutted the National Missile Defense Program that President George W. Bush tried to create. It was all but defunded.
"Our capabilities are minimal. We are no where close to the layered missile defense that was planned.
It would have protected us against North Korea, Iran, Russia, China and others.
"Our innocent civilian population is vulnerable today because Barack Obama did not believe in national missile defense. Let’s never forget that.
"Obama reversed the decision to deploy air defense systems to the Czech Republic and ballistic missile interceptors to Poland.
"Obama's Pentagon spokesman says his missile cuts continue to have a deleterious effect on critical research and development.
"Trump inherited a far more serious threat from Pyongyang than Obama did from Bush.
"No one can argue that we've effectively deterred Kim from pursuing these dangerous capabilities." Via Facebook