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A Yale Law graduate, he served in various capacities during the Bush administration, and was one of the chief architects of regime-change in Iraq. The incoming National Security Advisor also knows his way around a bureaucracy, and is familiar with how to get his ideas heard. An added point of interest is ...
Bolton continued to block government probes by refusing to cooperate with document release requests and invoking executive privilege. He later referred to efforts to destroy information allegedly pertaining to the Contra affair as “house cleaning” chores so the George H.W. Bush administration could come ...

It's even more unsettling covering two Republican presidents who fit this description: George W. Bush and Donald Trump. I watched in alarm ... He pushed to go to war in Iraq and still thinks it was a good idea, just as he has pushed to go to war in North Korea and get regime change in Iran and Syria. He is a ...
... Bolton advocated that it be followed by similar regime-change wars against Syria and Iran, as well as North Korea. Bolton worked closely with Israeli intelligence to fabricate a falsified “weapons-of-mass-destruction” justification for an assault on Iran after the occupation of Iraq, which top Bush officials had ...
It's difficult, after all, to avoid the label — that of a bully — when thinking of John Bolton, the former Bush administration official-turned-Fox News pundit who ... to allow OPCW weapons inspectors to make unannounced visits to that country — thereby undermining Washington's rationale for regime change.
As journalist Gareth Porter recently noted, from 2002 to 2004, while he was the Bush administration's key policymaker on Iran, Bolton — by flouting State Department protocol and taking several unannounced trips to Israel — “actively conspired […] to establish the political conditions necessary for the ...

Donald Trump's Appointment of John Bolton Means “Regime Change is Coming to Iran”? ... The men included Bush's Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, John Bolton, Zalmay Khalilzad, the White House liaison to ...
Last Thursday Donald Trump announced that John Bolton, a former official in George W. Bush's administration and former ambassador to the UN, would be his new National Security Advisor. Bolton is a warhawk who called for the invasion of Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction and ...
Back then, while working in the Bush administration, Bolton made the case at home and abroad that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and that the US role in the aftermath of regime change in Iraq would be "fairly minimal." Trump, by the way, has pointed to his own opposition to the ...
... was pursuing a separate uranium enrichment program with the help of Pakistan, a key decision had to be made: re-engage in diplomacy to expand the agreement to prohibit uranium enrichment or tear it up, isolate a member of the “Axis of Evil,” and push for regime change. Bush, guided in part by Bolton, ...
He condemned the Iraq War and regime change attempts in the Middle East, arguing that we helped destabilize the region through our military actions. To Americans tired of military campaigns to social engineer governments in distant lands, the ire Trump raised within the political elites seemed like a sign ...
During the Bush administration, there was an alliance between the neocons, who espoused the promotion of democracy by regime change, and outright nationalists such as Cheney and Bolton, who had zero interest in democracy promotion and simply wanted to pulverize any upstart nations that might ...
But the scholar pushed back the roots of the invasion plans to the US's Bush Administration, quoting Jeremy Keenan in his book “Dark Sahara and Dying ... Parliamentary Committee report that accused the British government, and by extension NATO, of pursuing “an opportunistic policy of regime change,” ...
Vicki Huddleston, a career diplomat who was head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, just published a book about her .... Once again — as during George W. Bush's administration — conservative Cuban American legislators will attempt to force regime change by ...
That doesn't necessitate regime change, does it? Such rhetoric raises tensions and threatens to stoke nationalist ... Real men want to go to Tehran,” a British official close to the President Bush team told Newsweek in the lead up to the Iraq War. Who could rationally blame Iran's leaders for fearing they were ...
But then came the second Gulf War, and the decision by President George W. Bush to “liberate” Iraq, oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and launch an ... another Middle Eastern country and undertake more regime change and nation building in the region, and that it should at all cost avoid another Iraq.
President Bush, with his expansive freedom agenda, set a high priority on the use of U.S. power to promote liberty and democracy. President Obama, less committed ... Unsurprisingly, given the president's views of the wars in Iraq and Libya, regime change is out for now. Challenging authoritarian regimes ...

The U.S. has been seeking regime change in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Trump joined Presidents Obama and Bush before him in continuing efforts to change the government and put in place a U.S.-friendly oligarch government. They came closest in 2002 when a military coup ...
President George W. Bush would have ordered the war even without the United Nations presentation, or if Secretary Powell had failed miserably in giving it ... from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which vehemently opposes the Iran nuclear deal and unabashedly calls for regime change in Iran.
Back then, The Donald was lampooning the Bush 43-era idea that "regime change" to liberate foreigners was a fitting goal for the government sitting in Washington. He was also insisting on a foreign policy that would put "America First" - much to the consternation of those so-called "neo" conservatives who ...
It is this racism and xenophobia, not to mention lack of basic empathy, that provides the toxic fuel for Bolton's pro-war and pro-regime change positions. He forged his template for a bellicose, rather than isolationist, brand of “America First” foreign policy at George W. Bush's State Department and as U.S. ...
... sophisticated and peaceable rhetoric than Bush's, his moves would prove largely cosmetic when it came to this country's forever wars: a significant reduction in the use of conventional ground troops, but more drones, more commandos and yet more acts of ill-advised regime change. Don't get me wrong.
US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, who has been an outspoken advocate of regime change in Syria, is currently championing a Security Council ... and 2002 to use military force (AUMF), passed by Congress to allow President George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan and Iraq in the name of fighting terrorism.
Obama followed the same course, though it was glossed over and sugarcoated, with regime change being extended from Afghanistan and Iraq to Libya, Syria and Ukraine. At the same time, both Bush and Obama sought alliances with new partners and strengthened existing partnerships to contain China ...
... sophisticated and peaceable rhetoric than Bush's, his moves would prove largely cosmetic when it came to this country's forever wars: a significant reduction in the use of conventional ground troops, but more drones, more commandos, and yet more acts of ill-advised regime change. Don't get me wrong: ...
But then came the second Gulf War, and the decision by President George W. Bush to “liberate” Iraq, oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and launch an ... that the United States should not attempt to occupy another Middle Eastern country and undertake more regime change and nation building in the region, ...
The U.S. has been seeking regime change in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Trump joined Presidents Obama and Bush before him in continuing efforts to change the government and put in place a U.S.-friendly oligarch government. They came closest in 2002 when a military coup ...
The U.S. has been seeking regime change in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Trump joined Presidents Obama and Bush before him in continuing efforts to change the government and put in place a U.S.-friendly oligarch government. They came closest in 2002 when a military coup ...
His logic is irrefutable, especially in light of Trump's promise to get the U.S. military out of the business of regime-change and nation-building exercises in faraway countries. Paul's only error, if I may presume to deduce it, is that he gives President George H.W. Bush too much credit when he writes, "The last ...
Coercive diplomacy and sanctions have been effective in reducing threats posed by Pyongyang and Iran; but regime change from within constitutes a third path ... Raymond Tanter served as a senior member on the Middle East Desk of the National Security Council staff in the Reagan-Bush administration, ...
Before serving in the Bush administration, he gained notoriety with an article in Foreign Affairs on “hawk engagement,” which laid out a rationale for a hardline position against North Korea. But within ... It's what Pyongyang has long insisted, that the United States is an aggressor focused on regime change.
Instead, prodded by pro-Israel neo-conservatives, Bush Junior launched his regime-change war on false pretexts against Iraq. Once the secular government had gone, he installed a pro-Iranian Shiite fundamentalist regime. It was Bush who handed Iraq over to Iran. The security vacuum left by that war ...
Second, President Bush's “Axis of Evil” speech signaled that the U.S. was willing to engage in unilateral regime change. President Bush specifically mentioned three states, Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Iraq did experience regime change; the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq without U.N. approval in 2003 and ...
Or, to put it more accurately, Trump hasn't done any worse than his immediate predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. .... The Middle East had eight years of a U.S. president who believed he could achieve regime change there, and then eight years of a president who believed he could bring ...
The Bush administration invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. The Obama administration led from behind in a regime-change effort in Libya. First Obama and then Trump waded into the quagmire of Syria. US Special Forces are involved throughout most of what was once called the Third World (and now, ...
On the one hand, there are the frustrated diplomats, Kerry and Power, who favor intervention; on the other, the contingent from the West Wing, Obama and Rhodes, wary of overextension after the Bush invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. There was a similar divide over Obama's optimistic final speech to the ...
We must assure North Korea that America has no interest in regime change. We have channels with ... Instead of returning to negotiations, President George W. Bush labeled North Korea part of the “Axis of Evil,” and Congress blocked the delivery of fuels promised by the Clinton administration. Even as ...
Tillerson reaffirmed the determination of the US to pursue regime-change in Syria in a speech to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California. It was fitting that his address was hosted by former Bush administration National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, an individual who should be ...
... economic policy, the construction of international institutions, and by imposing regime change and military occupation in developing countries. In Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum romanticizes the past powers of an American empire ...
Truth be told, this faltering faith began under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but really took root with the arrival of Trump and his ever-shifting .... But at the end of the day, the largest sticking point remains that Kim sees a deliverable nuclear weapon as his only guarantee against regime change, and a ...
Nor does Trump's policy toward Iran suggest that he would adopt the costly and failed “regime change” approach – pursued by Bush in Iraq and by Obama in Libya – in dealing with the Islamic Republic. Iran ends with an “N” and not with a “Q”. Instead, Trump announced on Friday that he would avoid ...
It's important to remember that such immense costs emerged from what was supposed to be a quick, triumphant war in Afghanistan and what top Bush administration officials were convinced would be a relatively inexpensive regime change operation in Iraq and the garrisoning of that country. (That invasion ...
(Thankfully so far the administration has not followed the George W. Bush administration in offering a fanciful tale concocted by a well-paid expatriate ... Indeed, given Washington's proclivity for regime change, Kim Jong-un would be foolish to rely on American assurances that any assault would be limited.
Turning to more recent history, the DPRK's dogged pursuit of nuclear weapons capabilities and its chest-beating after every successful missile test is a predictable outcome of 2003 regime change in Iraq. When neoconservative David Frum penned Bush's “axis of evil” line, he was putting Iran and North ...
The government warns them that the United States and Saudi Arabia seek regime change. And Trump tweets ... What should the United States not do: Incite protesters to revolution, as George H.W. Bush incited Iraqis to try to oust Saddam Hussein, before letting the dictator crush them. I doubt that Trump ...
On the campaign trail and in the Oval Office, Trump has tried to distance himself from the policies of his predecessor, Barack Obama (much like Obama did with his predecessor, George W. Bush). Trump has been ... So far, the administration has been careful to avoid any loose talk of “regime change.
GUEST COMMENTARY--Not a lot of people remember this, but George W Bush actually campaigned in 2000 against the interventionist foreign policy that the United States had been increasingly espousing. Far from advocating the full-scale regime change ground invasions that his administration is now ...
The second slowest, George W. Bush, named his science advisor in June of his first year in office, more than half a year before the point Trump is at now in his own ... as a whole, Trump idiotically waded in on Twitter, blustering about all that the U.S. would supposedly do for an ill-defined regime change.
Later on during the Reagan era, the US illegally invaded Grenada to enact regime change in 1983, while simultaneously ratcheting up the annual joint ... nuclear weapons despite the Bush 43 administration's lies about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), would serve as one example of ...
So, when Democrat Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 election, the Republicans used their news media and their control of the ... The Western media and the bulk of international agencies and NGOs were committed to gin up another case for “regime change” and any skeptics ...


 

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