John Bolton is a great pick as national security advisor, argues Sebastian Gorka in The Hill. He shares President Trump’s foreign policy goals and is the best man to help enact them. However, this cooperative mindset doesn’t make him a ‘yes man.’ Bolton is highly outspoken and will let the president know where he stands on certain issues. He also understands, unlike his predecessor, that reducing America’s role in Afghanistan would be highly beneficial. With Trump’s support, Bolton has the potential to reassert US dominance abroad and ensure that its national security interests are best met. Early critics misunderstand his many qualities.
A national security advisor should guide policy based on the opinions of all national security agencies. John Bolton has shown that he is not the right man for this role, believes the editorial board of The New York Times. He has long shown an aversion to diplomacy and a preference for military intervention. This is bad, particularly in the current situation with North Korea, which requires a highly delicate approach. Bolton thinks the upcoming talks are worthless and proposes preemptive military strikes. His views on Iran are worryingly similar. Bolton’s ideas could cause terrible bloodshed, and his aggressive views make him poorly suited for this job.