"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Time for Bolton 2.0

A Time for Bolton 2.0

With President Trump’s choice of John Bolton as National Security Adviser, the die is cast for war. Bolton is a man who apparently likes wars, as long as he does not have to fight in them himself. Like the Vietnam War, which he avoided serving in.

Bolton has quite a pedigree. He has been heavily involved with the formulation of Neocon policy and such documents as PNAC—Project for a New American Century. In 2005 in my essay “A Time for Bolton” I predicted he would be appointed U.N. Ambassador for the specific purpose of delaying a U.N. cease fire when Israel invaded Lebanon. (Most analysts said Israel would just invade Gaza at that time.)
In a 2007 BBC interview, Bolton confessed that he had done exactly what I predicted he would in 2005—delayed a cease fire in Lebanon until it became clear that Israel was losing. Bolton told the BBC an early ceasefire would have been “dangerous and misguided.” He said the U.S. decided to join efforts to end the conflict only when it was clear Israel’s campaign wasn’t working, i.e., when the Israelis were defeated.i
Bolton had been instrumental into formulating an anti-Syrian policy for the U.S. at a time when Syria had been attempting to cooperate with the U.S. to fight terrorism—an effort it finally gave up in the face of continued provocation. Bolton saw that it was necessary to neutralize Syria, which had been helping to keep order in Lebanon, in order for the Israeli invasion to succeed.
The Neocon policies promulgated by Bolton have wrecked the Mid East, led to a human-wave invasion of Europe, and bankrupted the U.S. $3-trillion has been squandered on the Iraq debacle alone! With the help of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S., Syria is now destroyed to the point that it will be unable to help the Lebanese resist the next invasion. And, as in 2006, Bolton is back in place again to help his favorite nation conquer the Mid East. This time courtesy of Donald Trump, a man who filmed TV commercials for Bibi Netanyahu in the last Israeli elections. And he’s backstopped with a UN Ambassador—Nikki Haley–some have described as “John Bolton in drag.” Haley can be counted on to serve as a proxy for whatever mischief Bolton and Trump can involve the U.S. in.
“A Time for Bolton” (reproduced in full below) ran on the American Patriot Friends Network (APFN) on June 7th, 2005.ii
Tom Mysiewicz
Many in the U.S. have questioned the nomination of John Bolton to be UN Ambassador for the U.S. For the Neocons, however, this is the time for Bolton.
(Those of you who think the U.S. invaded Iraq “for the oil”, read no further. You obviously think it makes sense to pay more for crude oil than sperm-whale oil would cost, and that support of the Israeli state had nothing to do with the action.)
John Bolton has received the designation of “no nonsense” from JINSA (Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs)–this from a quasi-subversive organization that lobbies U.S. ranking military officers on behalf of pro-Israeli causes, such as Ahmed Chalabi and the invasion of Iraq. And this says it all. Bolton “made his bones” in 1991 by launching a major initiative against UN resolutions equating Zionism and racism. Of late, he has poured his efforts into the war with Iraq (stopping adequate UN arms inspections that might have stopped the agressive war) and promoting a strong front against Iran and Syria.
Once again, this is why it’s time for Bolton. Iran is obvious. The Israelis could launch an air attack at any time against that state’s nuclear installations. The plans have already reportedly been drawn up. Enter John Bolton to spike any meaningful U.N. retaliation or sanctions against Israel for such an action.
Then there’s the more-complex situation with Syria. While the (allegedly) spontaneous “Cedar Revolution” was quick to call for a Syrian pullout from Lebanon, it said nothing about the continuing Israeli occupation of a corner of the country. (Strange how the Syrian presence prevented “free elections” but the Israeli presence did not!)
Only 50 UNTSO (UN Truce Supervision Organization) troops stand between the Israeli outposts in the Shebaa Farms area and a reinvasion of Lebanon and potential surgical strike against Syria. Lebanese airspace is frequently violated by Israeli planes as well–something that’s often done in advance of an invasion so the initial move does not look particularly suspicious.
Apparently in response to this very real possibility, groups such as Hizbollah have refused to disarm in the face of repeated Israeli calls. On June 6th, Lebanese voters turned out to hand the pro-Israeli forces in Lebanon a stunning defeat with an alliance of Hizbollah and Amal taking some 80% of the votes.
“We will face any attempt to disarm the resistance,” commented Amal leader and parliamentary speaker Nabih Berry.
And thus, as events in Lebanon seemingly spiral toward Israeli (or UN) intervention, and the rhetoric against Syria (which recently halted anti-terrorism cooperation with the U.S. saying “why bother?”) is stepped up, it can be seen that John Bolton’s time may indeed be now, or fairly soon.