US President Donald Trump has announced he is replacing his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, with John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN and a neocon warhawk. So, what this latest appointment in the series of changes in White House means for the issues concerning Ukraine and the war in Donbass?
As PressTV reports, Trump announced the replacement on Thursday, making John Bolton his third national security adviser since coming to office and continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history. Just last week, Trump axed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and named another known hawkish neoconservative, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, to replace him.
In last September John Bolton said to the Ukrainian media that introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to the occupied Donbass is wrong initiative on the part of Ukraine. To resolve the conflict in Donbass and fight against what Bolton describes as "Russian aggression", according to Bolton, Ukraine must demonstrate its readiness for fighting in a war.
"I do not think there should be peacekeepers in Ukraine, which is a mistake on Ukraine’s part. It means that you are increasing Russia's involvement in Ukraine's internal affairs. And Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia gained an even greater international weight. Now the main dispute is not to freeze this conflict. If you want to restore sovereignty over Donbass, the last thing Ukraine should do is allow peacekeepers here," the diplomat said.
"Therefore, if Ukraine is ready to fight for its independence, it must now prepare for it, increase military support from the United States. I believe that Ukraine must do everything possible to reduce Russia's pressure on it now. It is not enough, it should make much more effort," he said.
Speaking about the possibility of obtaining lethal weapons from the U.S., Bolton said:
"I think that Ukraine should approach it diplomatically, I think this is still the best way at the moment for both Ukraine and the United States."
Bolton has a long history of blaming Russia from everything - without facts
In a direct aftermath of MH17 tragedy on FOX TV interview, John Bolton hurried up to blame Russia and especially President Vladimir Putin for being directly responsible for shooting down the Malaysian passanger plane over Donbass in July 2014.
"The reason is that Putin thinks that he can get away with it. We don't really need all the specific facts, we know what happened last Thursday, when the Malaysian airline plane was shot down. I think Putin is just playing for time to reduce the pressure for increase of sanctions," Bolton said.
Bolton's suggestion for the US response actions to the tragedy was that US should cut Russia totally from the US/western financial markets, take Ukraine directly under NATO-protection, and launch other large scale military-strategical actions against Russia.
In August 2016 John Bolton gave his commentary to the FOX TV and accused Russia of massing troops on the Ukrainian border, getting ready to make invasion to Ukraine. He also made direct accusations that the Crimea was won by the Russian military forces in a fight with the Ukrainian army. Bolton continued to accuse president Putin that his objective is to re-establish Russian hegemony over all the space of the former Soviet Union.
"He is looking for a weakness, he knows there is weakness in the Oval office (White House) and he is going to push," Bolton said.
In truth, as we well know the facts today, there was no Russian military build up on the Ukrainian borders in Summer 2016, like in any other cases of accusing as well, but realities just do not affect the tone and views of Bolton.
John Bolton's own anti-Putin articles, published in the Ukrainian Kyiv Post, do not leave any doubts what an anti-Putin person we are dealing with. For years he has been making demands that US and the West need to confront Russia directly, militarily. The use of the western-backed coup in Kiev and its bloody aftermath gave a great opportunity for russophobes like Bolton to steam up their anti-Russian demands.
Bolton, then it's all about US hegemony and more wars
Bolton was involved with the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a neoconservative think tank to promote “American leadership” and military strength. The group’s founding members went on to populate the George W Bush administration.
Core members of the PNAC including Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, Elliot Abrams, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Zoellick, and John Bolton were among the signatories of an open letter initiated by the PNAC to President Bill Clinton calling for the removal of Saddam Hussein.
Read also: John Bolton's Long History as a Russia Hawk (Weekly Standard)
Fred Caplan writes today in article titled "It's time to panic now":
"In recent weeks, Trump was said to be tiring of aides who kept telling him no. He might soon tire of Bolton, who, whatever else he is, can’t be pegged as a yes man. But in the short term, Bolton may be just the man to excite Trump’s darker instincts, to actualize the frustrated he-man who raged about pelting Kim Jong-un with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” or fomenting “the total collapse of the Iranian regime,” which he somehow believes was about to happen, if only Obama hadn’t signed the nuclear deal and lifted sanctions. With Tillerson out, Bolton in, and Pompeo waiting in the wings for confirmation, Trump is feeling his oats, coming into his own, like Trump is free to be Trump. Finding out just who that is may make the rest of us duck and cover."
Read also: "I’ve Seen John Bolton Up Close. Yep, Be Afraid." (The Daily Beast)
Adam Garrie writes in the EurasiaFuture today:
"The world has moved on from both brinkmanship and the zero-sum mentality in both geopolitical strategy and economic strategy. Whether Bolton is leading Trump to war, or Trump is leading Bolton to the edge of the geopolitical cliff, both possibilities lead one to make an objectively grim assessment of a Trump administration whose real slogan has gone from ‘Make America Great Again’ to ‘Give War a Chance’."
DONi News Agency, director Janus Putkonen