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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.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, Donald Trump 
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  1. augusto says: • Website

    I do want to know and have a deep ignorance on two items. Both concern bad old USofA.
    Every fleaful dog and his sister knows that exceptionalistan has over, repeat, over 22 million war veterans. A figure which nobody can throw a stone at.
    my question for anyone informed is: what ´s the criterion or criteria for the indispensiblstan consider one as a war vet? And put him on pension payroll? Is it to ever having gone to a remote one week war, as a truck driver or a cook or back rear ready-to-run-away bully boy. Is is a minimum enough for it?
    Or is it required to be drafted or having opted to serve and actually be there? Or enough to sit down on a chair in Texas , virginia ou Lousianna with a satellite phone or beacon for a two years a while is what it minimum takes?
    Second is what has been the annual US budget 2016 and 2017 figure as a proportion of GNP?
    heartily sorry yours for ignorance shown..

  2. fun to read. Considering that Fox is as much responsible for the mayhem as anyone else, right along side CNN, MSBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, WSJ, WP, NYT . . . seems a large pool.

    on a personal note:

    I am entitled to my pipe dreams . . .

  3. Blank says:

    As a former member of the Imperial Armed Forces, I can tell you it don’t take much and the desk jockies lie anyway. I assume your asking about the paperwork and procedures for medals and such.

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