North Korea

Bolton Gives a “Masterclass” in Humiliation

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Does the White House really believe North Korea is following through on a non-existent pledge to give up their nuclear weapons which Kim Jong-un never actually signed?

Trump's chief national security adviser and former Iraq war cheerleader John Bolton appeared on Fox News yesterday where he insisted that they're not necessarily taking the North's word for it.

They're not "starry-eyed," Bolton said.

“There’s no one in this administration starry-eyed about” the idea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime will completely rid itself of nuclear weapons capability, Bolton said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Still, the point may well come when Trump concludes Kim isn’t acting in good faith, he said. [...]

Trump is giving a “masterclass” in how to hold the door open to Pyongyang, Bolton said on Fox. If Kim can’t figure how how to walk through it, “even the president’s fiercest critics won’t be able to say he didn’t open it wide enough.”

As far as I know, no one in the entire world has accused Trump of not holding the door open wide enough. In fact, the door is so far wide open you could fly a nuclear missile through it.

Amusingly, Trump's decision to remove the door from its hinges has led to the slow collapse of economic sanctions against North Korea and probably reduced the chance that the North will ever give up their nuclear weapons. There was never much of a chance that they would in any case, but it would be fair to say they've been rewarded by Trump, not punished. Trump's happy talk has given Russia and China all the excuse they need to stop enforcing sanctions and Trump legitimized Kim Jong-un by shaking hands with him.

This is what John Bolton is now. Not too long ago he would have screamed bloody murder about North Korea's nuclear ambitions, but now he's just another toady who debases himself for Trump.

Everyone who works for Trump is eventually humiliated.

  • Badgerite

    Like I said, trump went to North Korea, in reality, to surrender. The pageantry was simply there to cover up and distract from this fact. The way Lindsey Graham was talking about this issue, you would have thought he had graduated from trump ‘university’. trump was doing Putin’s bidding and putting on a show to distract everyone from the rather obvious fact that he was doing Putin’s bidding. Now, as is noted in this post, China and Russia are ignoring any sanctions regime and they can resupply the Kim Jung Un regime without worry about having to explain how they are helping a regime that is the most violent and abusive towards its own population. trump has removed any reason for them to have to justify their actions. Nobel Peace Prize? I don’t think so. The gop stands for nothing but 1) white guys wanting to hold on to all the assets and power in society, 2) white guys wanting to establish a white supremacist country, and 3) white guy evangelicals wanting to establish a theocracy.

  • Aynwrong

    Two thirds of the Axis of Evil will be nuclear powered by the time the orange bumblefuck is out of office. If Iran decides to send a couple of nukes or maybe just some raw material over the border to Iraq, it’s a hat trick.

  • katanahamon

    I appreciate the moderating of comments at Banter, but..something is amiss. I haven’t see any of my comments for two days posted..they just..disappear. Yeah, I’m just ranting my typical stuff, it’s not offensive, I’m just wondering if they’ve decided to only post who and what they want, or if comments are going away before they see them…

    • JMAshby

      To be clear, I have nothing to do with comments at Banter.

      Usually, the only reason I’m going to delete a comment or ban someone here is if they’re an obvious, deliberate troll or waging a misinformation campaign. This is not Facebook.

      • katanahamon

        I only commented on that here because many of the “regulars” here also comment there, and if there’s a problem getting the comments on the site, I thought they’d know. I wasn’t criticizing the policy, I’m all for moderating the trolls off, I was raising the issue to make sure there wasn’t some technical issue..

  • muselet

    “There’s no one in this administration starry-eyed about” the idea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime will completely rid itself of nuclear weapons capability, Bolton said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”


    Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!

    Donald Trump might not have been literally “starry-eyed.” but he came pretty damn’ close. Or is John Bolton claiming Trump isn’t part of this administration?

    John Bolton pretending to be sensible and diplomatic (rather than just giving voice to his inner warmonger) is just wrong, like Renée Fleming giving up opera to record announcements for the New York bus system.