North Korea Trump Regime

“I don’t blame Kim Jong-un”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's now-former national security adviser John Bolton is officially out of the White House which means it's time for Trump to not just throw him under the bus but also repeatedly drive over him.

Trump spoke to reporters at the White House this afternoon where he strongly implied that John Bolton is the reason why he's never been able to secure some sort of deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump 'doesn't blame' Kim Jong-un, you see, because Bolton said a bad thing once.

“We were set back very badly when John Bolton talked about the ‘Libyan model.’ And he made a mistake. As soon as he mentioned that, the Libyan model, what a disaster. Take a look at what happened to Gaddafi with the Libyan model. And he’s using that to make a deal with North Korea? And I don’t blame Kim Jong-Un for what he said after that. And he wanted nothing to do with John Bolton. That’s not a question of being tough. That’s a question of being not smart to say something like that.”

It is cosmically ironic that, on the 18th anniversary of 9-11, the Republican president is officially siding with a member of the so-called Axis of Evil against his own national security adviser who had a hand in originally designating the Axis of Evil.

Bolton probably should not have implied that Kim Jong-un could be overthrown and killed if he gives up his nuclear weapons, but it's not as if Kim Jong-un decided not to give up his nuclear weapons just because of that. Kim was never going to give up his nuclear weapons and he's still not going to now that Bolton is gone.

This is how it's going to be from here on out and even after Trump is out of the White House. Everything -- every failure -- is going to be assigned to someone else.

Lest anyone get the idea of praising Trump for firing Bolton, or get the idea that this signals a turn toward more peaceful policy, Trump mocked Bolton's image as a "tough guy" and implied that Bolton was actually weaker than he is.

Trump again claimed later in his remarks that it was he, not Bolton, who at times advocated for a more muscular foreign policy approach, despite Bolton’s perceived proclivity for military intervention and championing of the 2003 invasion of Iraq from within former President George W. Bush's administration.

“You know, John wasn't in line with what we were doing, and actually, in some cases, he thought it was too tough what we were doing,” Trump said. “‘Mr. Tough Guy.’ You know, ‘You have to go into Iraq.’ Going into Iraq was something that he felt very strongly about.”

What Trump refers to as toughness is actually just recklessness.

Trump is reportedly considering Richard Grennell as a replacement for John Bolton and will meet with Grennell this weekend.

If Trump picks Grennell or virtually anyone else on the shortlist of names that's been reported, he will have officially chosen someone worse than Bolton.

  • Wookie Monster

    It’s hard to put Bolton’s firing in perspective. He’s a reckless warmonger who was fired by a Russian asset. The only thing that can really be said is that neither man has been working in the best interest of the American people. One because he’s never seen country he didn’t want to bomb and the other is deeply compromised by a hostile foreign power.

  • muselet

    “Victory has a hundred fathers, and defeat is an orphan.” –Count Caleazzo Ciano

    Except when we’re talking about Donald Trump, in which case defeat has a hundred parents and success is due solely to Trump’s unique brilliance.

    Tiresome, it is.

    The only thing that surprises me in Trump’s word salad is that he didn’t rewrite history by claiming he never wanted John Bolton as NSA in the first place (“I’d heard of him but I knew nothing about him, but many many people told me, ‘Sir’—they call me that, they love me and the great great job we’re doing keeping America safe—’Sir, mister President, sir, you should make John Bolton National Securities Advertiser,’ and so I did, because these were supposedly great people who were telling me this, but he gave me bad advice and he isn’t smart and he’s low energy and so I said, ‘You’re fired!’ and it’s a Fake News hoax that he resigned because I fired him.”).

    Good riddance to John Bolton, who will once again land on his cloven hooves at a Righty think-tank with regular visits to Fox News Channel.

    Whoever replaces him as NSA may not be worse for one reason alone: Bolton isn’t just a bloodthirsty, warmongering lunatic, he’s also a skilled bureaucratic infighter. His replacement will (probably) have a tougher time bullying everyone in the intelligence community.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      I swear if I didn’t know it was you that wrote the quote I’d think it was actually trump.

      • muselet

        I didn’t think it was all that convincing, since it stays more or less on-topic. Writing that long of a run-on sentence is painful, by the way.

        (At first, I thought you meant the line from Galleazzo Ciano, which was one of JFK’s favorite quotes. Fun fact: Ciano was Benito Mussolini’s son-in-law.)

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Bolton’s obviously not a “man of the left” as Tucker Carlson laughably referred to him a night or two ago, but he might be about to find out what Americans of the left have had to endure for…. ohh… about a quarter century now, as the conservative media turns it’s full bore wrath on the man in defense of the Great Orange Hope.

    I hope they treat him like a working class MAGA voter trying to rent an apartment in Trump Tower.