• Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

    By Sen. Rand Paul
    November 15, 2016

    Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid.

    One of the things I occasionally liked about the President-elect was his opposition to the Iraq war and regime change. He not only grasped the mistake of that war early, but also seemed to fully understand how it disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East and even emboldened Iran.

    We liberated Iraq, but today their best friend is Iran, their second greatest ally is Russia, and their third strongest alliance is with Syria. Trump really seems to get the lesson. Hillary Clinton never did.

    Most importantly right now, John Bolton never learned and never will.

    Bolton is a longtime member of the failed Washington elite that Trump vowed to oppose, hell-bent on repeating virtually every foreign policy mistake the U.S. has made in the last 15 years — particularly those Trump promised to avoid as president.

    John Bolton more often stood with Hillary Clinton and against what Donald Trump has advised.

    None of this is secret. It’s all out there. Perhaps the incoming administration should take a closer look.

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    1. phill4paul's Avatar
      phill4paul -
      Rand's right. Bolton would be disastrous.
    1. jllundqu's Avatar
      jllundqu -
      Rand didn't get the memo.

      Trump is playing a deadly game of secret-squirrel head fakery. I'm sure someone here will set Rand straight.
    1. Origanalist's Avatar
      Origanalist -
      Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
      Rand didn't get the memo.

      Trump is playing a deadly game of secret-squirrel head fakery. I'm sure someone here will set Rand straight.
      Yes, there are five or six really smart and in the know people here who can see the trees through the forest. The rest of us are just political ignoramus's and neophytes.
    1. Origanalist's Avatar
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    1. The Northbreather's Avatar
      The Northbreather -
      Why doesn't he just contact him?
    1. phill4paul's Avatar
      phill4paul -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Northbreather View Post
      Why doesn't he just contact him?
      My thoughts exactly, I mean he has Rand slated as a SOS or head of the Federal Reserve or some such, they have to have each other on speed dial.
    1. The Northbreather's Avatar
      The Northbreather -
      Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
      My thoughts exactly, I mean he has Rand slated as a SOS or head of the Federal Reserve or some such, they have to have each other on speed dial.
      I guess he could be trying to hold his hand to the fire but it seems standoffish and snobby to write this if he is actually trying to influence him.

      It's like your neighbor sending you a letter from his lawyer instead of just talking to you first.
    1. kahless's Avatar
      kahless -
      Looks like it is between Guiliani and Bolton.

      REPORT: Rudy Giuliani is Donald Trumps First Choice for Secretary of State.
      http://www.mediaite.com/online/repor...tary-of-state/


      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gi...rticle/2607408
      Former diplomat John Bolton is also reportedly under consideration for the spot and Giuliani said he would be "a very good choice."

      "Is there anybody better?" asked Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker.

      "Maybe me, I don't know," Giuliani replied, getting laughs from those gathered for the event.
    1. vita3's Avatar
      vita3 -
      I voted for Trump because there was a reasonable chance he could straighten out US Foreign Policy.

      If he chooses Bolton he's as crooked as them all.
    1. Origanalist's Avatar
      Origanalist -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Northbreather View Post
      Why doesn't he just contact him?
      I doubt he has any kind of access to him right now. It's probably pretty tough getting through the crowd of neo cons and establishment guys he's surrounding himself with.
    1. specsaregood's Avatar
      specsaregood -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Northbreather View Post
      I guess he could be trying to hold his hand to the fire but it seems standoffish and snobby to write this if he is actually trying to influence him.

      It's like your neighbor sending you a letter from his lawyer instead of just talking to you first.
      Your assumption is that he didn't try talking to him first.
    1. The Northbreather's Avatar
      The Northbreather -
      Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
      I doubt he has any kind of access to him right now. It's probably pretty tough getting through the crowd of neo cons and establishment guys he's surrounding himself with.
      Really? Seems like he'd take a call from anyone he stood up there on stage with. I mean he is a well loved senator who recently won again.
    1. Origanalist's Avatar
      Origanalist -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Northbreather View Post
      Really? Seems like he'd take a call from anyone he stood up there on stage with. I mean he is a well loved senator who recently won again.
      Maybe, It's merely speculating by both of us. I'm not in the know like some of the really smart guys here.
    1. The Northbreather's Avatar
      The Northbreather -
      Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
      Your assumption is that he didn't try talking to him first.
      I guess I did. I hope that is the case
    1. CaptUSA's Avatar
      CaptUSA -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Northbreather View Post
      Why doesn't he just contact him?
      Because he knows how Trump works. Whoever the last guy is that talks to Trump is who Trump listens to. By putting it down in writing that a certain segment of the population will be very disappointed in that kind of choice, Rand is trying his best to influence the choice. Smart move - and I expect it to pay off. That kind of pick would be a disaster.
    1. The Northbreather's Avatar
      The Northbreather -
      I'd like to see Rand and Justin and Thomas cut through the crowd and put up a defence like a bunch of Spartans
    1. milgram's Avatar
      milgram -
      Bolton wasn't confirmed by the Senate last time and hopefully he would not be confirmed this time. Some journalist was asking if Rand Paul would vote in favor of Bolton. I'm glad to see the answer is NO.

      EDIT:



      Rand can block appointments in committee unless Democrats defect

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...tary-of-state/

      Paul is one of the very few Republicans in a position to influence this. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he will get to vote on whether to recommend Trump’s nominee for secretary of state. The results of the 2016 elections will give Republicans a 10-9 majority on the committee, meaning that Paul could cast a decisive vote, with every Democrat, against recommending a Trump nominee. That would not stop a full Senate vote on the nominee, but it would expose fissures in the Republican Party in the first weeks of a Trump administration.

      According to Paul, a different nominee, like current Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, would have an easier time navigating the Senate. He also suggested that realists would get a broader hearing than “the neocons” who had advocated for war in the past, many of whom went on to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.
    1. William Tell's Avatar
      William Tell -
      Go Rand!
    1. dean.engelhardt's Avatar
      dean.engelhardt -
      Bolton is a dangerous pick. I do not believe in false flag attack in general, but I believe Bolton would bomb US elementary schools and hospital so we would go to war. This man belongs in jail.
    1. William Tell's Avatar
      William Tell -
      Submitted to Drudge on the off chance he will show this to the Trumposphere.


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