John Bolton may or may not fit as a National Security Advisor in the Trump administration. Bolton maintains that regime change is the only solution to the intransigence of North Korea and the only other option is the military option.
The Kim regime believes it is singularly dependent on a deliverable nuclear threat to maintain power. It is not about to relinquish the development of offensive nuclear capability voluntarily.
It is possible that Kim is facing economic collapse and it is also possible that he fears Trump. But we don’t know that bankruptcy or fear is in play. We do know that he has access to sources likes the Ayatollah for cash and credit.
We also know that the NorKs can’t be trusted and that they use “negotiations” to stall for time.
Bolton knows this. The question is whether Trump knows this as well. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t. It might be a good idea to have Bolton there to remind him.
Trump And Kim Should Meet Before The End Of This Month, Says … John Bolton?
From Hot Air: By ALLAHPUNDIT, March 9, 2018
He published an op-ed 10 days ago titled “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First.” Ten days later, he’s saying that May is too long to wait for presidential diplomacy. What gives?
His positions aren’t as inconsistent as you think. But yes, surely the fact that he’s being considered for a high-level position in the White House is leading him to be more tactful in his public comments on Trump’s upcoming summit with Kim. From Vanity Fair:
- According to five Republicans close to the White House, Trump has diagnosed the problem as having the wrong team around him and is looking to replace his senior staff in the coming weeks. “Trump is going for a clean reset, but he needs to do it in a way that’s systemic so it doesn’t look like it’s chaos,” one Republican said.
Sources said that the first officials to go will be Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom Trump has clashed with for months. On Tuesday, Trump met with John Bolton in the Oval Office. When he plans to visit Mar-a-Lago this weekend, Trump is expected to interview more candidates for both positions, according to two sources. “He’s going for a clean slate,” one source said.
A man who’s on the shortlist to be National Security Advisor doesn’t go on POTUS’s favorite network and call him a sucker for huddling with Kim. Although I bet he’d like to, given how Trump reportedly made the fateful decision to meet. Did he deliberate closely with advisors? Solicit Mattis’s, Tillerson’s, and McMaster’s opinions? Consult State Department experts on the pros and cons of a North Korea summit? Ask diplomats what sort of groundwork, including requests for concessions, might be laid before committing to the process?
Nah. Apparently he just winged it:
- Behind the scenes, events unfolded even more haphazardly. Mr. Trump was not scheduled to meet [South Korea official Chung Eui-yong] until Friday, but when he heard that the envoy was in the West Wing seeing other officials, the president summoned him to the Oval Office, according to a senior administration official.
Mr. Trump, the official said, then asked Mr. Chung to tell him about his meeting with Mr. Kim. When Mr. Chung said that the North Korean leader had expressed a desire to meet Mr. Trump, the president immediately said he would do it, and directed Mr. Chung to announce it to the White House press corps.
Mr. Chung, nonplused, said he first needed approval from Mr. Moon, who quickly granted it in a phone call. Mr. Trump later called Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, and the two discussed coordinating diplomatic efforts. Mr. Trump also plans to call President Xi Jinping of China.
By day’s end, dazed White House officials were discussing whether Mr. Trump would invite Mr. Kim to come to the United States.
Hey, it’s all good. It’ll all work out, baby. You would think that a commander-in-chief who’s that eager for dialogue would shy away from Bolton, a man who thinks dialogue at this stage is pointless. He told Newsweek two weeks ago that 25 years of diplomacy had failed and that the only real “diplomatic” measures left are regime change in North Korea by China or voluntary reunification of the peninsula by the North under South Korean rule, both of which are pipe dreams. He wasn’t impressed with Trump’s sanctions either, insisting that they’d make no difference in stopping the NorKs’ nuclear drive. Realistically, he said, there are two outcomes left: Acquiesce in North Korea becoming a full nuclear power capable of attacking the United States or unleash “the military option.”