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Bolton Leaves Big Shoes to Fill as National Security Adviser

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Bolton Leaves Big Shoes to Fill as National Security Adviser

On 09.10.19 01:10 PM posted by Nile Gardiner

John Bolton served with distinction as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser and significantly strengthened the strategic posture and outlook of the United States as the world’s superpower.

Boltonadvanced a clear-eyed approach to dealing with the myriad threats facing theUnited States today and was uncompromising in his view that the U.S. mustproject strength and resolve in confronting its enemies.

A big-picturestrategic thinker with decades of foreign-policy experience who frequentlychallenged conventional wisdom, Bolton was a powerful force for Americanexceptionalism and leadership as national security adviser. He played a leadingrole in advancing Trump’s “America First” approach to foreign policy.

Bolton was atthe forefront of the president’s policy of maximum pressure against the Iranianregime, which has succeeded in bringing the world’s leading state sponsor ofterrorism to its knees economically.

Under Bolton’sleadership at the National Security Council, combined with that of Mike Pompeoat the State Department, Iran’s capacity to conduct terrorism abroad, intervenein foreign wars, and build its military capability has been undermined.

Bolton was anearly supporter of the U.S. withdrawal from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) negotiated by the Obama administration. Asnational security adviser, he was at the forefront of ensuring that this hugelyflawed deal cannot be revived by Tehran.

Bolton was also instrumentalin shaping the U.S. response to the Venezuela crisis and a host of other internationalissues, from confronting Russian aggression in Europe and the Middle East topressuring NATO allies to invest more in the common defense.

Bolton rightly placed strengthening the transatlantic alliance at the very heart of strategic thinking in the White House and was a powerful adversary for Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He consistently stood up to Russian aggression and threats to Europe and made it clear at every opportunity to the Kremlin that the United States would stand with and defend its allies in the face of the Russian bear.

U.S. leadership in Asia wasalso bolstered under Bolton, and his support for Taiwan helped lead to the bestU.S.-Taiwan relationship in 40 years. And he was at the forefront of the Trump administrationpushing back on Chinese designs in the Indo-Pacific in ways that strengthenedAmerica’s presence and credibility.

As national security adviser, Bolton was a staunch defender of the fundamental importance of national sovereignty and self-determination, and was a prominent backer of Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union and the U.S.-U.K. “special relationship.”

Boltonunderstood the tremendous importance of Brexit to the United States and offeredhis full backing to British efforts to free itself from the shackles of the EuropeanUnion. He was a great friend for Britain in the White House and a key architectof the United States’ overall approach to dealing with the European Union underTrump, which represented a significant shift away from the “Euro-federalism” ofthe Obama administration.

Bolton leavesthe White House in a stronger position to meet the challenges facing the UnitedStates today. He led the National Security Council with resolve and determinationat a time when the enemies of the free world seek to harm the United States,its allies, and global security on several fronts.

He wasuncompromising in his view that powerful American leadership matters on theworld stage and that the United States must work closely with its key allies toadvance U.S. interests.

Bolton will be remembered as one of the most effective national security advisers of recent times and leaves a powerful legacy after serving his country in the White House.

The post Bolton Leaves Big Shoes to Fill as National Security Adviser appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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