China Needs to Answer for Its North Korea Policy

Beijing has long avoided paying any kind of price for its acquiescence to the Kim regime’s games. This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on September 29, 2020. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton September 29, 2020 For weeks, North Korea observers have speculated that Pyongyang was preparing an election […]

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Abe will be missed, not least because he tethered Trump somewhere close to reality

This article appeared in The Washington Post on August 28, 2020. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton August 28, 2020 The resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — Japan’s most consequential leader since World War II — is a major loss for both Japan and the United States. His unprecedented longevity […]

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Iran ‘Snapback’ Isn’t Worth the Risk

It would weaken the Security Council veto, which serves U.S. interests at the U.N. This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on August 16, 2020. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton August 16, 2020 For the U.S., there is one point of high principle worth dying in a ditch for […]

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Trump’s China Toughness Myth

John Bolton says the president is not principled but transactional This article appeared in The New York Daily News on July 28, 2020. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 28, 2020 As November’s election approaches, philosophical conservatives and Republican stalwarts alike increasingly find themselves in an uncomfortable position. They understand […]

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China’s Hostage Diplomacy

Prominent Canadians urge the government to agree to a feckless and dangerous prisoner swap. This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on July 7, 2020. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton July 7, 2020 Important structural changes in international affairs are often encapsulated in discrete incidents, easy to grasp even […]

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No, the White House didn’t ‘dissolve’ its pandemic response office. I was there.

By Tim Morrison This article appeared on washingtonpost.com on March 16, 2020. Click here to view the original page. Tim Morrison is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense on the National Security Council. President Trump gets his share of criticism — some warranted, much not. But […]

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Russian assault on ‘American idea’ enables Trump to take tough action

The safest conclusion based on currently available public information is that Russia did not intend to advantage or disadvantage any particular candidate and that Russia was not “supporting” anyone for president. Instead, its saboteurs sought to sow discord and mistrust among U.S. citizens, undermining our constitutional processes and faith in the integrity of our elections. Advertising or demonstrations for or against Trump or any other candidate were means to the Russian end of corroding public trust, not ends themselves.

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North Korea wins, America loses, with our Olympic appeasement

Appeasing authoritarianism comes in many forms. All of them are ugly. Some are obvious and extremely dangerous, and some are subtle, indicating a mindset portending future danger because of a propensity to ignore reality. Opening the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, prominent American media outlets displayed the latter appeasement mentality in full measure, becoming stenographers for North Korea’s propaganda machine. Reflecting boundless gullibility, representatives of our free press stepped up to carry Pyongyang’s message.

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Fallout from the memo wars

Animosities are so high that not even full disclosure may be enough to resolve the current disputes and restore faith to critical government institutions. And no matter how carefully analyzed, the disclosures will inevitably impair some legitimate government endeavors. But the most important government interest here is restoring the citizenry’s faith in its government. That interest above all must prevail.

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