Think back to 2016 and the campaign then. Donald Trump used to recite a poem about a woman who took a dying snake into her house and nursed it back to health. The snake did become healthy and then immediately whipped around and bit the woman.
As she breathed her last breath, the woman asked the snake, “Why did you do this?” “Well, because I’m a snake,” was the reply. “That’s what we do.”
All of which somehow reminds us of disgraced former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Republicans in Washington might seem shocked to discover that Bolton has turned and betrayed his former boss, Donald Trump, but they shouldn’t be shocked. That’s who John Bolton is. That’s who John Bolton has always been. That’s what John Bolton does. And not to brag, but we called it long ago.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Bolton’s new book contains sections designed to help the Democratic case for impeachment. Bolton accuses the president of delaying military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure its government into investigating Hunter Biden.
Again, people in Washington are stunned by this — or claimed to be. If Bolton disliked Trump so much, they wonder, why did he join the administration?
Well, the answer is simple: Bolton wanted war with Iran. He’s always wanted war with Iran. He’s obsessed with it.
Here he is, for example, gleefully fantasizing about regime change there long before he became national security adviser.
John Bolton, former U.S. national security adviser: I had said for over 10 years since coming to these events that the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran.
And that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran. Thank you very much.
For Bolton, every conflict was the final test of America’s resolve and a chance to use overwhelming military force. Maybe because he never served in the military himself, Bolton genuinely passionately loved war.
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