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Has Trump had enough of John Bolton’s push for war in Venezuela?

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss President Trump’s relationship with his national security adviser John Bolton which appears to be on shaky ground following an embarrassing, US backed, failed coup against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro…instigated by Bolton’s man in Caracas, opposition puppet Juan Guaidó.

The Washington Post broke the story of Trump’s dissatisfaction with Bolton on Wednesday, citing current and former administration officials.

Bolton’s uber-hawkish worldview, and lust for US war and military intervention is at odds with Trump’s core campaign pledge to keep the United States out of costly foreign entanglements. Before becoming US President Trump, consistently called for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Syria.

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Via The Washington Post…


President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers.

The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around national security adviser John Bolton and what Trump has groused is an interventionist stance at odds with his view that the United States should stay out of foreign quagmires.

Trump has said in recent days that Bolton wants to get him “into a war” — a comment that he has made in jest in the past but that now betrays his more serious concerns, one senior administration official said.

The administration’s policy is officially unchanged in the wake of a fizzled power play last week by U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó. But U.S. officials have since been more cautious in their predictions of Maduro’s swift exit, while reassessing what one official described as the likelihood of a diplomatic “long haul.”

U.S. officials point to the president’s sustained commitment to the Venezuela issue, from the first weeks of his presidency as evidence that he holds a realistic view of the challenges there and does not think there is a quick fix.

But Trump has nonetheless complained over the past week that Bolton and others underestimated Maduro, according to three senior administration officials who like others interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

After the WaPo story broke Trump said that he is satisfied with the advice he’s been getting from Bolton on foreign policy, going against reports that he’s losing faith in his national security adviser.

Trump said Thursday during an Oval Office press conference…

“He has strong views on things but that’s okay. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing.”

“I’m the one that tempers him. That’s okay. I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him. I like John.”

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Caveat Emptor
Caveat Emptor
May 10, 2019

All fairly predictable. What extreme egoist (no point mincing words) would not welcome the opportunity to name his own president of a problematic country and not expect it to immediately become a fair accompli, recognized and applauded by all the world…….especially when said ego is massaged by various and assorted neo-conmen?

Platon
Platon
Reply to  Caveat Emptor
May 10, 2019

How about Caveat Emperor?

SteveK9
SteveK9
May 10, 2019

Alex and Alex: I’m afraid you are both suffering from a bit of cognitive dissonance yourselves. When President Trump does one stupid thing after another, (Iran, Syria, Venezuela, …), Occam’s Razor says … he is stupid. I do think his basic instincts are good, but he is just too stupid to carry them out effectively. Agreed that he is opposed by everyone, but he has made his own situation less and less likely to be successful (at least in foreign affairs) by picking people like Bolton, Pompeo and Abrams, and then allowing himself to be fooled by them. We have… Read more »

Woe is US
Woe is US
Reply to  SteveK9
May 10, 2019

Trump’s advisors in action: ORSINI-ROSENBERG: Too many notes, Your Majesty? EMPEROR: Exactly. Very well put. Too many notes. MOZART: I don’t understand. There are just as many notes, Majesty, as are required. Neither more nor less. EMPEROR: My dear fellow, there are in fact only so many notes the ear can hear in the course of an evening. I think I’m right in saying that, aren’t I, Court Composer? SALIERI: Yes! yes! er, on the whole, yes, Majesty. MOZART: But this is absurd! EMPEROR: My dear, young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work.… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Woe is US
May 10, 2019

“Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?” Hilarious and brilliant.

Paddy Jameson Power
Paddy Jameson Power
Reply to  Woe is US
May 10, 2019

Don’t watch Hollyweird movies for real information on Mozart and Salieri. There is little evidence that they ever met, and Salieri was, and still is, a respected composer.

Woe is US
Woe is US
Reply to  Paddy Jameson Power
May 10, 2019

Looky here, Paddy………compared to the usual and perpetual Hollywood bread and circuses claptrap, Amadeus shined like the brightest sun in the Milky Way. Please don’t deprive us of the ever so rarer pleasures from the ever expanding cultural and political wasteland we once called America.

Paddy Jameson Power
Paddy Jameson Power
Reply to  Woe is US
May 11, 2019

Just trying to set the record straight. Salieri’s music can be obtained on CD, performed by many prestigious orchestras and performers.
And WA Mozart is my favourite composer.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Paddy Jameson Power
May 11, 2019

But the revival of Salieri’s music only occurred because of Amadeus, the play and the film. Agree with you on Mozart. Pure genius.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Paddy Jameson Power
May 11, 2019

Interesting story here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2003/dec/19/classicalmusicandopera.italy It seems that Mozart and Salieri did meet. Salieri in the last few weeks of his life confessed to murdering Mozart when he was delirious but later retracted the confession, so he was at least partly responsible for the “myth”. Salieri was a respected composer in his day but he wrote almost no music for the last two decades of his life, and was all but forgotten until the late 20th century. His music underwent a revival due to the dramatic depiction of Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus (1979), and also its 1984 film version.… Read more »

David Welden
David Welden
Reply to  SteveK9
May 10, 2019

Yup, you’re correct on all four points:
Bolton
Pompeo
Abrams
And, Trump is dumb, especially when judging people.

Clem Kadidlehopper
Clem Kadidlehopper
Reply to  SteveK9
May 12, 2019

they were picked for him just like presidential candidates are.

Stop Bush and Clinton
Reply to  Clem Kadidlehopper
May 12, 2019

True, but he has the power to fire them and pick someone else. He’s not using it. Must be because he isn’t opposed to what they’re doing.

Sally Snyder
Sally Snyder
May 10, 2019

As shown in this article, news coverage of the situation in Venezuela by CNN promoted a completely false narrative about the nation’s democratically elected president Maduro:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/05/cnn-and-its-fake-venezuela-narrative.html

When it comes to the mainstream media and its coverage of Venezuela, it is a very clear case of consumer beware.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
May 10, 2019

Trump should ask President Putin if he could borrow him or Sergey Lavrov for a while to help him weed out the insane superannuated warmongers and replace them with rational, diplomatic politicians.

James Hunter
James Hunter
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
May 10, 2019

Smoking Eagle,

I totally agree with you, but if Trump listened to Putin’s and Lavrov’s expertise in foreign relations and ways to use decent diplomacy, real diplomacy, his life might be in danger of being shortened… After all, the Kenedys learned that lesson in a way that you can’t recuperate from, forever…

FlorianGeyer
FlorianGeyer
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
May 10, 2019

@ Smoking Eagle

Britain could offer Theresa May if you like. She will be looking for a job very soon, and she is very well qualified.

That’s what she says anyway. 🙂

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  FlorianGeyer
May 11, 2019

Comedian!

Guy
Guy
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
May 10, 2019

“replace them with rational, diplomatic politicians.”
I agree but where to find them ?

jmg
jmg
Reply to  Guy
May 11, 2019

> “replace them with rational, diplomatic politicians.”
> I agree but where to find them ?

Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Jill Stein, Richard H. Black, Dana Rohrabacher, Jimmy Carter…

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Barry Marchan
Barry Marchan
May 10, 2019

Trump’s collusion with Netanyahu and the Zionist Likud regime is very worrying. Israel has wanted to get the U.S. involved in a war with Iran for years. His friendship with Netanyahu will only be good for Israel (like 9-11) and bad for the U.S. I wish, Messers Alex would address this point.

Guy
Guy
May 10, 2019

Leave it to Trump to completely contradict himself from one day to the next .Fire Bolton for gods sake and replace that buffoon Pompeo .

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Guy
May 10, 2019

Indeed. Wonderful picks by Trump: two war criminal madmen and an obese buffoon. You couldn’t make it up, but, unfortunately it’s true.

Roger Dixon
Roger Dixon
Reply to  Joe
May 11, 2019

Trump didn’t pick them. They were thrust upon him by the Zionist Deep State.

Stop Bush and Clinton
Reply to  Roger Dixon
May 12, 2019

He could have refused them, or fired them long ago. They may not have been his idea, but he’s not exactly innocent.

James Hunter
James Hunter
Reply to  Guy
May 11, 2019

Guy,
How about having Trump sending the Bolted-On Mustache to participate once in his warring suggestions’ life to one of the many US wars in the Middle East? I could see the Mustache defending Yemen’s starving children…

Phori
Phori
May 10, 2019

Mmmm … One might wonder if Bolton & Cie are fulfilling a multiplicity of roles, one made obvious and the others giving glimpses into the patterns and methods of the “Deep State,” of which Bolton and others have been a part. When viewing the mob, for example, the investigators used plants and informants as well as dupes to find out how organised crime was actually composed and how it operated. With the various changes that have been made in personnel, is it not likely that they’ve always had a limited time in office and are removed once they’ve fulfilled their… Read more »

ISC
ISC
May 10, 2019

Greetings Mr.Mercouris, the two forms of moses into AN KI Andrean of Alaska 1957 tornato season 1957 Ellill Ninill, Lloyd Valmer Dalmer Joyce- Hadad Baal..still following pet monster in its stompings? Saddam into Kuwait? Utub peoples Qurain Make us gods to go before us last to 1st 1st Moses form established then saddam Bathist Party Tripoli form of Arab Spring form of Marshall into Grandfather Old Man Tungusic Peoples then ,Behdety triad Hathor Holy Child ( Horus still in review) this should be further encouragement to you to recover your blair conceeded faculities and start thinking for yourselves. Behdety, the… Read more »

Harold
Harold
May 11, 2019

Jackasses, Jackoffs and jackshit(s) the whole lot of them especially the orange tinged buffoon in the white shit hole em house

Cudwieser
Cudwieser
May 11, 2019

Better question is, Has Trump had enough of war full stop? Bolton be damned, I’m more concerned as to Trumps view on war of any stripe.

ELDISGUSTADOR
ELDISGUSTADOR
May 11, 2019

ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE WHEN ALL IDIOTS ARE AT THE TABLE…

David Bowlas
David Bowlas
May 11, 2019

So why did Trump appoint him??????? He must have known that slimy Bolton is a war monger who will fight to the last drop of everybody else’s blood.

Stop Bush and Clinton
May 12, 2019

So far Trump has done nothing but forward Bolton’s war agenda… Ramped up the war in Syria, ramped up the war in Afghanistan, got us to the brink of war with Venezuela, Iran and even Russia. I see no hint whatsoever of Trump not liking those wars.
I predict he’ll promote Bolton rather than firing him.

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