His appointment was a genuine Bolton from the blue (so to speak). After all, everyone knew that former U.N. Ambassador (and Fox News commentator) John Bolton couldn’t be chosen for a major post in the Trump administration. No, not because of his outlandish views on war-making, or his responsibility for helping launch an invasion of Iraq that would result in possibly a million deaths over these last 14 years, or the uprooting of millions more, or the destruction of some of Iraq’s great cities, or the unsettling of vast regions of the Middle East, or the spread of outlandish terror groups, or even his yet more outlandish insistence that such an invasion was the right thing to do, or because, as TomDispatch regular U.S. Army Major Danny Sjursen reports today, he’s likely to do it all over again in Iran (or elsewhere), but because of his mustache. Donald Trump reportedly rejected Bolton back in 2016 as a possible secretary of state because he simply didn’t look the part. He didn’t seem to the president-elect like someone who came from central casting, as did say Marine Corps General James (“Mad Dog”) Mattis. And it was assumed that Trump would pass over Bolton again when it came to replacing Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser.
But it turns out that President Trump, in his latest you’re-fired mood, has proven far more open-minded than the reporters and pundits following him expected. As long as the chosen one is a Fox News commentator or anchor (like his new economic adviser Larry Kudlow), central casting turns out to approve, mustache or no. Everybody, it seems, can be a celebrity apprentice in this administration, as long as Fox News is involved. War or peace are neither here nor there, not when the friends of Fox are involved.