Of Biden, Trump, and alliances

This article appeared in The Washington Examiner on July 15, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 15, 2021 Washington’s current conventional wisdom on the utility and viability of America’s alliances is “Trump bad, Biden good.” The idea being: Former President Donald Trump harmed our partnerships, formal and informal alike; allies doubted […]

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Donald Rumsfeld Freed the World From ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’

His thinking on arms control proved prescient—but the howls reverberate to this day. This article appeared in Foreign Policy on July 1, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 1, 2021 Donald Rumsfeld’s remarkable record of public service encompassed critical periods of U.S. history. He began with what was already […]

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Pump the brakes on Iran, Joe: Biden must slow his rush to reenter the nuclear deal

This article appeared in The Daily News on June 29, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton June 29, 2021 Since taking office, President Biden has unswervingly sought to have the United States rejoin, as rapidly as possible, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). […]

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‘Iran’s Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons’ Review: In Tehran’s Nuclear Archive

This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on June 21, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton June 21, 2021 The Biden administration is working hard to re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Readers of David Albright’s “Iran’s Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons,” however, will realize that it is Washington, […]

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Biden should use Raisi election for Iran course change

This article appeared in The Washington Examiner on June 19, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton June 19, 2021 Iran’s hard-line mullahs left nothing to chance in Friday’s presidential election. The man they wanted to win, Ebrahim Raisi, did so handily against a carefully limited field of rivals. In 2017, Raisi […]

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Naive Biden is taking a huge risk going face to face with Putin

The US President’s incoherent strategy makes the forthcoming summit a worrying one for the West This article appeared in The Telegraph on June 13, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton June 13, 2021 Joe Biden’s first summit with Vladimir Putin this week comes relatively early in his new administration, so […]

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Criticizing and sanctioning Lukashenko is no substitute for an actual strategy on Belarus

This article appeared in The Washington Post on May 30, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton May 30, 2021 The United States and the European Union made a strategic mistake last summer by mishandling the unprecedented protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s autocratic regime. Now, after Lukashenko’s commission of air […]

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Until Hamas is confronted as a military force, it will go on stirring up violence in the Middle East

Israel cannot hope to deter this terrorist organization by negotiation alone This article appeared in The Telegraph on May 17, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton May 17, 2021 Middle Eastern armed conflicts involving Israel inevitably produce outpourings of cliches and muddled thinking: “cycle of violence,” “call on both sides […]

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How Biden Can Turn the Tables on Putin

He aggresses in a gray zone between NATO and Russia, so let’s remove it This article appeared in The National Review on May 13, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton May 13, 2021 The Biden administration billed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s May 6 visit to Kyiv as showing support […]

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The Zarif tape shows why Biden should abandon reviving the Iran nuclear deal

This article appeared in The Washington Post on May 3, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton May 3, 2021 A recording of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that leaked last week remains unverified, but his apology on Sunday and a key Iranian official’s dismissal provide confidence in its accuracy. […]

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