Trump Regime

Is Bolton Brainstorming More War?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Of course, John Bolton is always thinking about war.

Whether intentionally or by accident, Trump's national security adviser raised a lot of questions today by carrying a notepad that read "5,000 troops to Colombia" at a press briefing this morning.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser John Bolton raised questions about the United States’ intentions in Venezuela after he appeared at a briefing on Monday with a notepad containing the words “5,000 troops to Colombia,” which neighbors Venezuela. [...]

Asked about a photograph depicting the notes, a White House spokesman said on Monday: “As the President has said, all options are on the table.”

I don't know if the White House is actually considering deploying troops to Colombia or if this is just one of John Bolton's many fantasies, but even the appearance or suggestion that we might deploy troops to the region probably helps Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

If Maduro wants to crack down on his opposition, what better way to justify it than to point toward interference from the United States? Maduro couldn't ask for a better gift than visible evidence the United States is considering deploying troops to a neighboring country.

With all of that said, the Trump regime has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry and that's as far as I expect this will go.

  • katanahamon

    Dumbest purposeful release of information ever. If not purposeful, then dumbest and most incompetent government official in history.

  • Aynwrong

    This is perfectly emblematic of the Trump administration, regardless of the reasoning.

    If on purpose, it would be exactly the kind of Roger Stone-esque stunt we’ve all come to expect from these boobs.

    If not, would anyone really be surprised that John Bolton is exactly the kind of person that would jot down either his desire or a reminder to send 5,000 troops abroad and then not have the sense to at least stuff it in a briefcase? A malignant nutty professor.

  • muselet

    More than one person has suggested that John Bolton accidentally-on-purpose let the press see his notepad to make that the story, never mind the excuse this gives Nicolas Maduro to crack down on dissenters.

    On the other hand, Bolton is easily crazy enough to believe a war with Venezuela would be a good thing.

    Either way, this could get very ugly.

    –alopecia

    • KanaW

      Agreed.

      I’m also concerned that a plan like that should have been considered top secret.
      Is he just trolling, or is he really stupid enough to flaunt top secret information like that?