John Bolton

Bolton calls for ‘black book’ on China’s ‘atrocious’ conduct on coronavirus

Former national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday tore into China’s “atrocious” handling of the coronavirus crisis and called for a “black book” similar to “The Black Book of Communism,” which tracks the deaths caused by communism. “China’s falsehoods and concealment of data about coronavirus are dangerous to America and the whole world. We need the equivalent of ‘The Black Book of Communism’ to document for history the almost-incalculable human cost China’s atrocious behavior on coronavirus,” he said in a series of tweets. Bolton, who left the Trump administration last year, zeroed in on what the Trump administration has described as a secretive approach by Beijing that left the world blindsided by the virus and unable to stop it from turning into a global pandemic at the beginning of the year. “Untold numbers of people have died needlessly because of the authoritarian Beijing regime’s conduct,” Bolton said. “The global economy has suffered a catastrophic setback that might have been substantially mitigated had China just been honest.” The administration has been pushing for the United Nations and G-7 leaders to state specifically that the virus originated in China. President Trump has repeatedly called it the “Chinese virus” while others, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have called it the “Wuhan virus.” Trump has played up his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping while also pointing the finger at China for not giving the world enough warning or information about the virus. “China was very secretive. OK, very, very secretive. And that’s unfortunate with that. I have great respect for that country. I have great respect for the leader of that country,” he said at a press briefing last month. “He’s a friend of mine. But I wish they were able to. I wish they would have told us earlier. On Wednesday, three U.S. intelligence officials accused China of underreporting the number of patients and deaths and said in a report sent to the White House that China’s public record of COVID-19 infections was deliberately deceptive and incomplete. Bolton on Thursday said that the U.S. must gather the facts about the outbreak “before China’s government erases them, not to mention the doctors, officials and average Chinese citizens who know the truth.” He also called for the U.S. to adopt new policies to stop “over-reliance” on China in the supply chain “especially for key items like vaccines and any products from which China steals our intellectual property. ” “’The Black Book of China and the Coronavirus’; we need to start the project now. Who will fund it? Who will write it? Self-starters welcome,” he said.

Unfortunately, we don’t see this idea, as good as it is, going very far.  Former National Security Adviser and Ambassador John Bolton is exactly right, though.  What China did needs to be investigated and thoroughly documented.  It was nothing short of a crime against humanity.  And our government needs to press the UN to FINALLY, PUBLICLY say that this pandemic originated in Wuhan, China, and that the Chinese communist regime covered it up for months.  That needs to happen.  We shouldn’t settle for anything less.  Thanks to John for saying what needs to be said, and pushing this issue.

John Bolton declares China ‘responsible’ for coronavirus outbreak, says world must hold them ‘accountable’

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton condemned China for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and called on the rest of the world to “act” and hold the communist government accountable. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party have been accused of silencing doctors and critics in the early stages of the coronavirus, costing thousands of lives. Now that they have seemingly turned the corner in tackling the virus at home, the communist-run nation has now positioned itself as the country ahead of the coronavirus curve, and has routinely made unsubstantiated claims that the U.S. is behind the crisis. In turn, President Trump has routinely referred to coronavirus as the “Chinese virus”. Despite no longer seeing eye to eye with President Trump, Bolton, a notorious hawk, took China to task Saturday morning for their role in the spread of the virus. “China silenced coronavirus whistleblowers, expelled journalists, destroyed samples, refused CDC help, and concealed counts of deaths and infections. It’s fact there was a massive coverup. China is responsible. The world must act to hold them accountable,” the former U.N. ambassador tweeted. China has been mounting a very public — and largely successful — humanitarian campaign to come across as a strong world leader. China’s private and public sectors are working in lockstep to fast-track aid to countries that are in desperate need of it. Earlier this week, Xi pledged to send more medical experts to Italy, a country on track to surpass China in the number of coronavirus-related deaths when the numbers are tallied at the end of Thursday. However, President Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric against China, blasting its government for its claim that the U.S. military planted the virus in Wuhan. Critics have condemned the president’s rhetoric as “racist” and “xenophobic” while defenders insist it reflects the origin of the virus and how the Chinese government is responsible for mishandling the outbreak.

John is exactly right.  Kudos to him for putting aside his unfortunate, public, falling out with Trump, and saying what needs to be said.  Thanks John!   🙂

Bolton: ‘Only Diplomatic Option Left Is to End the Regime in N Korea By Effectively Having the South Take It Over’

On this weekend’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” former U.N. ambassador John Bolton argued the only remaining diplomatic solution to the nuclear threat from North Korea was through the unification of the Korean peninsula, which he argued means letting South Korea take over North Korea. “The only diplomatic option left is to end the North Korean regime by effectively having the South take it over,” Bolton said. “Sunday Morning Futures” fill-in host Trish Regan protested and said it wasn’t “really diplomatic.” “Well, that is their problem, not ours,” Bolton replied. “Because anybody who thinks more diplomacy with North Korea, more sanctions, whether against North Korea, or an effort to apply sanctions against China, is just giving North Korea more time to increase its nuclear arsenal, increase its ballistic missile capability, increase the accuracy of its guidance systems and put us, South Korea, and Japan in more jeopardy.” “We have fooled around with North Korea for 25 years, and fooling around some more is just going to make matters worse,” he added.

Agreed!!  Putting off dealing with N. Korea, which is all we’ve done for over a quarter century, will only make it worse.  It’s like putting off getting those impacted wisdom teeth pulled.  At some point we’ll have to end this nonsense with N. Korea.  And, it’d be better to have someone like Trump at the helm, who has actual executive experience and a first rate team of advisors and generals on his team, then some  limp-wristed, metro-sexual, “community organizer” like Obama. A confrontation with the DPRK is inevitable.  It’s not a matter of if.  It’s a matter of when.

Analysis: John Bolton hits it on head with North Korea

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton — you know, the guy leftists hated because he dared to stand strong in the face of Israel-hating globalists and anti-America elitists — offered up a pretty blunt assessment of the North Korea thang that went like this: Want to get rid of the nuke threat from the regime? Then take out the regime. Force a reunification with the South. Bleak — but true. Right? Seriously, there are some foreign leaders who just embrace their dictatorial powers to such extent that no amount of talking, no amount of diplomacy, is going to move them. And here’s a bit of a clue for the wimpy intellectuals of the world who spend so much time trying to see all sides of an issue that common sense goes out the window, truth fogs and moral equivalencies are drawn where they have no business being drawn: There is actual evil in this world — gasp. Yes, there is. And generally, evil doesn’t respond to a good talking to. That two-minute time-out? Ain’t gonna work here. Bolton gets that. Obama, as we all know, didn’t. “Because of eight years of the Obama administration doing nothing [in North Korea], under the guise of a policy they called ‘strategic patience,’ which was really a synonym for doing nothing, North Korea is perilously close to having the capability to put a nuclear device under the nose cone of an ICBM and land it on the United States,” he said in an interview with Breitbart. Thanks, Obama. No doubt, next up, Iran, the country that most benefited from the flawed, very flawed, nuclear treaty forged by Obama, over the loud opposition of Israel, Republicans and — well, the sane. But back to Bolton, on North Korea: “You ask what the long-term solution is. I believe this: North Korea will never be talked out of its nuclear weapons — not by diplomacy, not by economic pressure. People in North Korea live in a prison camp now. The regime doesn’t care about their economic well-being. They care about staying in power. A nuclear weapon is the regime’s ace in the hole to stay in power.” So the only way to deal? “I think the only long-term way to deal with the North Korean nuclear weapons program is to end the regime in North Korea,” Bolton said. “Reunite the Korean peninsula. … We need to bring them to the realization that reunification is going to happen one way or the other.” That’s a realization that is going to require a strong stomach from America. Why? Because it’s not going happen peaceably. “We can either do it the sensible way,” Bolton said, “or it will happen in a much more threatening way. I don’t pretend that’s easy, but that’s the real solution.” Agreed. It’s a rock and hard place foreign policy face-off that comes down to this, for America: Ignore the regime and pretend they’re not a threat — a la Obama. Or recognize the regime as a nuclear threat and prepare for a long haul, dig-in military operation that’s not going to end until the dictatorship is crumbled.

Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton is exactly right, as usual.  And, thanks to Cheryl K. Chumley for that analysis…although not sure there would necessarily be a “long haul” if we got into a military engagement with the DPRK.  Reunification between the Koreas at some point is inevitable.  HOW that happens is the real question.  And, it would be best if it happened in a way favorable to our national security interests.  The President has said, “the era of strategic patience is over.”  Let’s hope so.  It’s time to put an end to the brutal, and evil Kim dynasty.

Opinion/Analysis: ‘The man with the bushy moustache’ – America needs John Bolton as secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump would be best served by selecting a secretary of State who understands the national security challenges our country faces, can literally “hit the ground running,” has a proven track record of successful negotiations, and most importantly, not only protects but projects the greatest attributes about America’s ideals of freedom and democracy. Remember that President Obama spent the first part of his administration on an apology tour. His disdain for American leadership in the world was communicated aboard and broadly. We have seen the results. As a human rights activist who has advocated for the world’s most persecuted people, I have worked closely with both Democrats and Republicans. We accept two strong bipartisan truisms: First, America may not want to be the world’s leader, but if America does not lead, the countries who step into that role absolutely do not have the best interests of the citizens of this world, and second, we can best avoid war and achieve peace in the world when America is strong. While rebuilding America’s defense will be the job of the secretary of Defense, the secretary of State must rekindle that role of American leadership. I strongly believe that John Bolton would be the best choice to do that. We have seen the growing influence of China and Russia, the loss of freedom in Europe for the first time since World War II, major turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, which has led to more refugees than any time since World War II, a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, which is destabilizing Asia, and the threat from ISIS here at home and abroad. While Mr. Obama may not have believed that there was anything exceptional about America, Mr. Trump actually believes there is. His campaign theme suggests just that: Make America great again. This is especially important for the oppressed people of the world. No one understands this better than the person closest to Mr. Trump: Melania Trump, who was inspired by Ronald Reagan to seek freedom and opportunity in the United States. Mr. Trump needs a secretary of State who shares that view of American exceptionalism and is willing to protect and project it abroad. Mr. Bolton is the perfect choice for the job as someone who understands the threats we face and knows how to effectively advocate America’s interests, but also those who struggle for freedom around the world. Whether North Korea defectors who have escaped the most brutal regime in modern history or Sahrawis from North Africa who have struggled for half a century for self-determination, they have often commented that they love the man with the bushy mustache. Mr. Bolton was the first ambassador at the U.N. to focus on North Korean human rights, hosting the first session that gave defectors the opportunity to speak out about the conditions there. He worked pro bono with former Secretary of State James Baker to try to achieve a breakthrough in the long-simmering conflict over Western Sahara, the longest U.N. peacekeeping mission. And it was Mr. Bolton who succeeded in getting the U.N. Security Council to address for the first time the human rights situation in Burma. He also inspired action on the atrocities committed by the Khartoum regime in Darfur, Sudan and succeeded in getting the Security Council to approve 22,500 U.N. peacekeepers for Darfur. While serving as the assistant secretary of State for international organizations, Mr. Bolton orchestrated the repeal of the U.N. resolution that equated Zionism with racism. He had been told this would be impossible. While he has been criticized for his combative style and strong words, it is just that that endears him to those who have lived under tyranny. For example, he was criticized for describing Kim Jong-il as a “tyrannical dictator” but for the defectors who had lived under that tyranny, that was music to their ears. Finally, someone was speaking the truth. That is why North Korean defectors have told me, “We love that man with the bushy mustache.” The Sahrawis, one of the most oppressed people groups in North Africa, watched the American election in fear, terrified that someone who had sold them out to Morocco may become president and crush their hopes for self-determination. To the dismay of human rights activists from both sides of the aisles, the Moroccans have spent billions to curry favor for their brutal occupation of Western Sahara. Hillary Clinton is just one sad example of a politician bought by Morocco as highlighted during the campaign with a $1 million donation to the Clinton Foundation. The Sahrawis are another people group who love the man with the bushy mustache. Mr. Bolton boldly stated that if the U.N. did not fulfill their 1991 promise for a free, fair and transparent referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara, the U.N. should leave the region. While he was criticized for such a bold statement, his words gratified Sahrawis tired of the U.N.’s failure, which has subjected them to horrific human rights violations in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara and forced the bulk of their population to continue to live in refugee camps. We need that man with the bushy mustache to restore America’s leadership in the world and give hope to the oppressed that one day they, too, will have freedom and human rights. • Suzanne Scholte is president of the Defense Forum Foundation and winner of the 2008 Seoul Peace Prize.

And we agree wholeheartedly with Suzanne’s assessment of Ambassador John Bolton.  He’d make an outstanding Secretary of State.

Editorial: John Bolton for Secretary of State

And just like that Donald Trump needs to govern. The outsider who shocked the world with his upsets in the primaries and the general election will have to arrive in Washington and take control of a vast and often hostile bureaucracy. With allies nervous and a challenge from adversaries abroad likely to materialize quickly, the choice of secretary of state is his most important appointment. Naturally, names have already been mentioned in the press as possibilities, and none is better suited to the job than former U.N. ambassador John Bolton. First, the other possibilities: Newt Gingrich is a brilliant thinker and glib talker who would always be one slip of the tongue away from creating an international crisis; Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee was last seen facilitating President Obama’s Iran-deal path through Congress, in one of the prime exhibits of GOP fecklessness in recent years; Rudy Giuliani has done yeoman’s work for Trump, but doesn’t have extensive foreign policy experience, to put it mildly. Bolton has the advantage of being an experienced, straight-talking yet nuanced foreign-policy hand, who also fits the Trump sensibility on national security. Bolton is an American internationalist who believes in the importance of American power. He is a hard-headed realist whose focus is always the national interest. He negotiated the creation of the Proliferation Security Initiative, for instance, a global effort to counter illicit trafficking in weapons and materials of mass destruction. It was, and is, a diplomatic rarity—“an activity, not an organization,” as one U.K. diplomat put it. United Nations, take note. Bolton has been around the block—starting his career as a protégé of James A. Baker III—but has never become an establishmentarian or lost his edge. He would understand that he is the president’s emissary to the State Department, not the other way around, and avoid getting captured by Foggy Bottom’s bureaucrats the way, say, a Colin Powell did, or others with less experience likely would. He is a scourge of international institutions and treaties that threaten our interests or sovereignty. In the George W. Bush administration, he removed America’s signature from the treaty creating the International Criminal Court, and negotiated over 100 bilateral agreements to prevent Americans from being delivered into the ICC’s custody. And he negotiated America’s withdrawal from the 1972 ABM Treaty so President Bush could launch a national missile-defense program to protect America from the likes of rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. He believes that diplomacy and negotiations should be directed not to reach agreement at any price, but to advance American interests. It is his view, correctly, that the process of negotiation is not, as too many in the State Department see it, an end in itself but simply a means to achieve larger objectives, and always from a position of American strength. On top of all this, Bolton, who endorsed Trump soon after he clinched the Republican nomination in the spring, is respected by all factions of the party. (He serves on the board of the National Review Institute.) In short, John Bolton is an ideal pick, and his appointment would be a sign that the Trump administration intends to get off to a strong start.

Agreed!!  This editorial is courtesy of the editors at National Review.  And, while we didn’t agree with the folks at National Review during the primary season, and their attacks on the Donald during the general campaign, we wholeheartedly agree with their assessment of Ambassador Bolton.  Ambassador Bolton would be an excellent choice for Sec of State.   🙂

John Bolton: Donald Trump Didn’t Tell Russia to Hack Hillary Clinton; They Probably Already Have Her Emails

Appearing on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton addressed the “famous email flap” from Donald Trump’s press conference on Wednesday. “I heard what he said. He did not call on the Russians to hack into Hillary’s computer,” Bolton said. “He was making the point – I understood it when I heard it the first time; I’m sure most people did – that the Russians probably already had her emails. They got them when Hillary put them in that unsecured email server.” Bannon and Bolton both noted that veteran intelligence officers have made that point clear enough. Trump was echoing what top CIA officials have said about the certainty of foreign intelligence services penetrating Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server. In the process, he successfully goaded Democrats and their media allies into admitting something they have long denied–that Clinton’s deleted emails probably do contain information she was not legally allowed to delete, and that America’s adversaries should not have seen. “What Trump was saying was the Russians are already there. They probably know more about Hillary’s email than the FBI because Hillary’s lawyers erased all those 30,000 emails that were not turned over to the State Department,” Bolton noted.

As usual, former Ambassador John Bolton is exactly right.  Excellent!

Bolton: Obama’s shameful apology tour lands in Hiroshima

An American president’s highest moral, constitutional and political duty is protecting his fellow citizens from foreign threats. Presidents should adhere to our values and the Constitution, and not treat America’s enemies as morally equivalent to us. If they do, they need not apologize to anyone. The White House says that President Obama won’t apologize as he visits Hiroshima Friday. But who believes his press flacks? His penchant for apologizing is central to his legacy. He may not often say “I apologize” explicitly, but his meaning is always clear, especially since he often bends his knee overseas, where he knows the foreign audiences will get his meaning. It is, in fact, Obama’s subtlety that makes his effort to reduce America’s influence in the world so dangerous. He started in Cairo in 2009, referring to the “fear and anger” that the 9/11 attacks provoked in Americans, saying that, “in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.” He later said, “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions . . . based on fear rather than foresight” — a characterization Americans overwhelmingly reject. In Europe, saved three times by America in the last century, Obama apologized because “there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” And in this hemisphere, Obama said, “We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms,” culminating in his recent fawning visits with the Castros in Cuba. The list goes on and on. Then there’s his penchant for bowing to foreign leaders. He has bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia. He bowed to the emperor of Japan on a previous visit. He has bowed to China’s leader, Xi Jinping. And these are not casual nods of the head, but unmistakable gestures of obeisance. For those who may wonder, the diplomatic protocol on bowing is clear: Heads of state don’t bow to other heads of state, monarchs or otherwise. Period. And Americans don’t bow to anyone. We fought a revolution to establish that point. Obama’s apologies and gestures prove yet again, in his words, that he isn’t like those other presidents on our currency. And Friday, in Hiroshima, Obama may prove conclusively that, on national security, he’s no Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman. Obama’s narcissism, his zeal for photo opportunities with him at the center, whether in Havana or Hiroshima, too often overcomes lesser concerns — like the best interests of the country. He puts his vanity before our nation’s pride. Even without an express apology, there will likely be moral equivalence like: Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and we bombed Hiroshima. We’re all guilty, but let’s put it behind us. Undeniably, World War II is history, and further strengthening the US-Japan alliance profoundly important. But there is no moral equivalence here. Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy,” in Roosevelt’s words. Hiroshima (and Nagasaki) came after four years of brutal war and a desperate race against Nazi and Japanese efforts to develop atomic weapons. We won the race, and Truman acted decisively and properly to end the war. Truman understood that not using the atom bombs would have condemned millions of service members to death or debilitating injury. Japanese resistance grew significantly as US forces neared Japan, and, expecting fanatical Japanese resistance, American military planners repeatedly increased projected US casualties. The calculus could not have been clearer. Retrospectively, critics argue that Japan was incapable of winning the Pacific war, thereby invalidating any arguments favoring dropping the bomb. But being unable to win is not equivalent to surrendering in defeat. Truman pursued Roosevelt’s goal of “unconditional surrender” because recreating the prewar status quo, with a belligerent Japanese military again threatening international peace, was simply unacceptable. Truman wanted to end World War II and save American lives, and also lay the basis for sustained international peace. Before Obama casually trashes Truman’s courageous decision, he should reflect on what the alternative would have been.

Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, the author of the outstanding op/ed, gives Obama far too much credit.  That said, Ambassador is spot on here..  An American President should never EVER bow before ANY head of state.. And, what Obama has done in that regard, and continues to do because he hates the country he is the President of, is embarrassing and shameful.  Please consider this your “read of the day.”  If you read anything today here at The Daily Buzz, then READ THIS!!  Then, pass it along to your friends and family members.    🙂

John Bolton: ‘Hillary Clinton Is A Threat To National Security

Thursday at the the annual Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by the American Conservative Union in National Harbor, MD, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush John Bolton attacked Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, calling her “a threat to national security.” Bolton said, “Hillary Clinton is a threat to national security roughly equivalent to Barack Obama. And the greatest proof of that threat is her utter, total disdain for the protection of classified information l entrusted to her as secretary of state. If she doesn’t have the wit to protect her own emails, how can we expect she is going to protect us? Now we have just had in the past twenty four hours a dramatic development in the ongoing criminal investigation in the email problem, the granting of immunity to a low ranking State Department person who set up the email server. This demonstrates that the Clinton campaign reaction to this thing has been a lie from the beginning. They have lied about the nature of the investigation. It was never a security investigation. They knew all along that the FBI and the Justice Department are not think tanks they don’t do security reviews, they investigate and prosecute violations of the criminal law, which is exactly what we have here.”

Exactly!!  Couldn’t have said it any better, myself.  If only we could have someone like former Ambassador John Bolton as a Secretary of State, instead of the last two bozos we’ve had (i.e. John Kerry and Hillary)…  We’ve been saying all along here at The Daily Buzz that Obama is far and away our nation’s #1 national security threat.  It would appear that Hillary may be #2.   Outstanding!!    🙂

 

John Bolton Calls on John Kerry to Resign in YAF Speech

In a sweeping address to students on Saturday, Ambassador John Bolton called on Secretary of State John Kerry to resign from his cabinet post as Secretary of State. At Young America’s Foundation’s Midwest Freedom Conference in Columbus, Ohio, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton went on the offensive against the Obama administration. Bolton targeted foreign policy blunders made by President Obama and Secretary Kerry in particular, citing President Obama’s belief that American power is “provocative” as a source of the country’s geopolitical struggles. Bolton noted, in fact, American weakness is “provocative,” not American strength. When a student questioner asked the ambassador how to resolve problems precipitated by the Iran nuclear deal, Bolton eagerly quipped, “My recommendation for Secretary Kerry is that he resign.” The only way to stop Iran, Bolton remarked, is with military action. “Iran was never going to be negotiated out of its nuclear weapons program,” he said. “The only alternative was the use of military force.” Bolton spoke to a crowd of more than 200 conservative student leaders assembled by Young America’s Foundation. Lauren McCue, chair of Virginia Tech’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, stated, “I agree completely with what Ambassador Bolton said today.” She continued, “Not enough leaders are bold enough to state the obvious: the left has negotiated our country into serious and urgent crises on a global scale.” Additional speakers at the conference included Congressman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) 94% , Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Ken Blackwell Reflecting on Bolton’s remarks, McCue said, “I think more and more students are sympathetic to Ambassador Bolton’s conservative outlook on foreign policy, especially in the wake of President Obama’s unequivocal failures on Iran, Syria, and Russia.” “I was honored to be a part of Young America’s Foundation’s conference this weekend to learn from Ambassador Bolton and help others on my campus understand the urgency of the left’s disaster.”