Tucker Carlson said Monday, for John Bolton, every conflict was the final test of America's resolve and a chance to use military force. Carlson also took issue with Bolton being called a conservative and supported by the media, quipping the only thing he has helped "conserve" over the past 20 years is Raytheon's stock price.
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Back during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump used to recite a poem about a woman who took a dying snake into her home and nursed it back to health. The snake became healthy again, and then immediately turned and bit the woman. As she breathed her last breaths, the woman asked the snake why it had done this. “Because I’m a snake,” was the reply. “That’s what we do.” All of which, somehow, reminds us of disgraced former national security advisor John Bolton. Republicans in Washington seemed shocked tonight to discover that Bolton has turned and betrayed his former boss, Donald Trump. But they shouldn’t be. That’s who John Bolton is. That’s what John Bolton does. Not to brag, but we called it long ago. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Bolton’s new book contains sections designed to help the Democratic case for impeachment. It accuses the President of delaying military aid to Ukraine, in order to pressure its government into investigating Hunter Biden. Again, people in Washington seem stunned by this, or claim they are. If Bolton disliked Trump so much, they wonder, why’d he join the administration? Simple: Bolton wanted war with Iran. He’s always wanted war with Iran. It’s an obsession. Here he is, gleefully fantasizing about regime change there, long before he became national security advisor. Watch:
BOLTON: I have 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 Iran... And that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!
But Iran wasn’t Bolton’s only target. He wanted more war in Syria, and war in Venezuela too. He wanted the war in Afghanistan to continue until your great grand-children are too old to serve. And of course, like all neocons, he wanted war with Russia. Lots of it. In 2016, Bolton cited Russia as one of America’s greatest threats. For Bolton, every conflict was the final test of America’s resolve, and a chance to use overwhelming military force. Perhaps because he never served in the military himself, Bolton genuinely, passionately, loved war. In the end, he didn’t get it. Trump blocked him at the brink of conflict more than once. Bolton finally left in well-deserved humiliation. His resignation was one of the highlights of the president’s first term, a day of celebration for normal people everywhere. But not in America’s newsrooms. The media were sad. They love wars. Wars mean they get to move tanks around on the screen and talk about weapons systems. So suddenly, for the first time, they loved John Bolton. What a hero he was:
FMR REP DONNA LEWIS: Bolton is something different., He’s one of them and he’s not prone to just lying.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: And you have to give him the benefit of the doubt on credibility because this president deserves zero.
CHUCK TODD, MSNBC: It did feel like we were marking time and that this was becoming a planned acquittal and yet we have a Perry Mason moment.
FMR SEN CLAIRE MCCASKILL: Who are you going to believe – Donald Trump or John Bolton?... You could believe a dead frog more than you could believe Donald Trump at this point.
NICOLLE WALLACE, MSNBC: John Bolton is a lot of things but being able to be painted as a deep state actor is not one of them so good luck with that (edit) Republicans can now exhale and acknowledge that the earth is round and Donald Trump is indeed corrupt... They can rely on the man that is the Republican version of Justice Scalia is foreign policy circles. He’s a conservative’s conservative.
“A conservative’s conservative.” Says a liberal. In fact, the only thing Bolton helped conserve over the past twenty years is Raytheon’s stock price. The many pointless conflicts he’s pushed aren’t conservative. Just the opposite. They’re part of the reason our middle class is dying. That seems in obvious. Not here. In Washington, counterproductive wars are a virtue, not a vice. Ask Mitt Romney. Over the last week in the Senate, Romney has made ambivalent noises about having relevant witnesses testify to the public. Hunter Biden? Adam Schiff? The whistleblower-who-shall-not-be-named? Nope. Not really necessary. But John Bolton? Mitt Romney would love to see his old friend John Bolton testify before Congress. Keep in mind that Bolton was once a quote “senior foreign policy advisor” to Romney’s presidential campaign. Clearly they’re still friends:
Romney: I think the story that came out yesterday means it’s increasingly apparent that it will be important to hear from John Bolton. (edit) it’s pretty fair to say that John Bolton has a relevant testimony to provide to those of us who are sitting in impartial justice.
Will Bolton testify? We still don’t know. Either way, it won’t change the outcome. Trump will be acquitted. But it’s worth pausing to think about John Bolton for a moment anyway. How’d a guy who disagrees so completely with everything Donald Trump ran on, wind up in a position of power in the White House? Good question. Because he’s not the only one.