The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewRon Paul Archive
Did Bolton Blow North Korea?
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information


Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Thanks, LOL, or Troll with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used three times during any eight hour period.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Something Here
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

President Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last week was criticized by both parties in Washington long before Air Force One even touched down in Hanoi. Washington’s political class seemed terrified that the nearly 70 year state of “war” with North Korea might actually end. In the end the only positive thing they could say about the meeting was that Trump apparently walked away with nothing to show for it.

The location of the meeting – Hanoi, Vietnam – serves as a great example of what can be won in peace versus what is lost in war. After losing nearly 60,000 US service members in an unnecessary war that took a million Vietnamese lives, the US loss of the Vietnam war resulted not in a communist takeover of southeast Asia but something very different: the domino theory failed because communism was destined to fail. Now we are close trading partners with an increasingly pro-market Vietnam. The result of trade and exchange versus war is a better life for all.

Unfortunately for Washington, the real lesson of Vietnam has not been learned. That is why the Republicans, Democrats, and the entire mainstream media spoke as one against President Trump’s decision to take a bold step and actually meet again, one-on-one, with one of our “enemies” to see if we can avoid nuclear conflict.

One leading Democrat, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), attacked Trump for meeting with Kim because speaking to the North Korean “gives him legitimacy.” Does it make any sense that we should not even speak with our nuclear-armed adversaries because it gives them “legitimacy”? He’d rather have a nuclear war as long as Kim remains “illegitimate”? This is sadly the kind of thinking that prevails in Washington.

The media reported that Trump walked away from the meeting before the scheduled signing ceremony and closing press event. The talks broke down, it was reported, because Kim demanded an end to all sanctions before any reduction in North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Washington sighed with relief and said all together, “better no deal than a bad deal.”

Meanwhile the North Koreans held a rare press conference clarifying that they only asked for partial sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling one of their main nuclear facilities. Further, press reports began to surface that National Security Advisor John Bolton threw additional demands on the table which led Kim to draw the meeting to an early close.

Who’s telling the truth? We likely won’t know. But given Bolton’s strong opposition to any kind of peace agreement with North Korea it’s hard to doubt that he had something to do with the blow-up of the summit. As the New York Times reported over the weekend, while Trump’s advisors were shocked when he decided to meet Kim face-to-face the first time for negotiations, John Bolton wasn’t worried at all. As the Times writes, “Mr. Bolton told colleagues not to worry. The negotiations, he said, would collapse on their own.” And so they did.

Will Trump continue to allow his diplomatic efforts to be undermined by his own staff? Let’s hope the president will ignore Washington, ignore the neocons, and continue to work for peace with North Korea.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: John Bolton, Neocons, North Korea 
Hide 13 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
  1. Rational says:


    Trump made a huge mistake appointing Muller, and John Bolton. Bolton surely damaged the peace deal with Kim, on the orders of his Jewish masters, as they do not want Trump winning any accolades for any progress or peace, with N. Korea or god forbid, their enemy, Russia.

    John Bolton is one of the most evil men in Washington. I do not understand why Trump appointed this evil man. Was Trump blackmailed?

    Was Trump also blackmailed to vote for the 2019 finance bill which increased immigration, without any funding for a border wall?

    He will now replace ROSENstein with ROSEN, who will now wear the wire his predecessor was. What a joke! The Judaists have the poor man encircled and the whole white house occupied.

    This is what ZOG looks like. Some good Judaists are fighting to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but what about ending their occupation of Washington DC?

  2. No, North Korea was playing games. Unless one is completely willing to exit South Korea and leave the arena to China and Japan (and I would be, but that’s a different comment), then the successful compelling of North Korea is not complete. Acceptance into the world of commerce is a huge cherry to them, and we should get nothing but complete capitulation from them.

    There is no hurry, and as it is reported I think Trump has helped his position longer term.

    America has treated that country very very badly. A sin. They will understandably not be willing to play nice for generations; they are a genuine enemy. It is in the interest of the U.S. that they should not be a player, period. The threat is real, and their complete disarmament should be real.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @MarkinLA
  3. Miggle says:

    Bolton, a Yanqui, deserves more respect than certain others, I think.

    Did the Netherlands arrange for a planeload of their citizens to be shot down over Ukraine to serve America’s interests? The way Sweden became criminal re Assange? The way another ukky criminal country poisons people with polonium or novichok to serve America’s interests?

    Off-topic, sorry. But today’s news is that the Netherlands’ ambassador to Venezuela has just become a criminal to serve America’s interests, one of the criminals obstructing the arrest of Greedó. Which makes fairly obvious their involvement in the Ukraine shootdown.

  4. Splorf says:

    Well if he did, I hope they at least gave the poor beggar some knee-pads and a breath mint for after.

  5. Paulbe says:

    Bolton shaping up as the Martin Borman of the 21st century.

  6. Escher says:

    LOL. I was thinking exactly the same thing after reading the title.

  7. @Splorf

    He does have a dickie duster. (sorry!)

  8. @Greg the American

    “The threat is real, and their complete disarmament should be real.”

    See the Versailles Treaty to see how this strategy works. What you are looking to achieve requires a Carthaginian Peace, and the US would never get away with it.

  9. When he appointed Bolton and Pompeo I gave up all hope of Trump having any good intentions. Now they’ve added Abrams to the mix? FFS! The only one missing (and available) is Satan.

  10. @Splorf

    Bolton would never be unfaithful to his masters like that. Bolton is on a Kosher diet.

  11. MarkinLA says:
    @Greg the American

    Why should the US be the one making all the decisions? South Korea and Japan have more at stake a and should have more say. WE actually are the biggest impediment to a solution.

  12. I WAS a big supporter of Mista Trump, as his campaign accellerated thru 2016. I voted for the moron on election day, 2016, first time I voted in a presidential election since Pat Buchanan was on the ballot back in the early 90’s.

    But with the Bolton fool, I’m finished with Mista Trump. This shit can’t be any accident. Bolton is on the job because TRUMP ASKED HIM to be part of his admin. Bolton didn’t force his way in there. And if this is the kind of warmongering buffoonish goddamn idiot that Trump wants as his closest advisor, then the time to say goodbye to Trump is right now. Fuck you, Donald Trump, you’re a worse excuse for a prez than any of the previous morons that have occupied the White (er, Black) House the past 70 years. Your soul is black, your ass is black, your record of meaningful, positive pursuits for America is black.

    That’s it, just go fuck yourself Donald J. Trump. And that “J” stands, naturally, for JEW…. DONALD JEW TRUMP, great American traitor.
    No, I can’t say I much approve of Chairman Kim, he’s not a very nice chap and doesn’t think
    very highly of his own people, what with the way he conducts business, but yes, I do believe Chairman Kim’s version as for why the summit broke down as we observed. It makes NO SENSE whatever that Kim would ask for ALL SANCTIONS to be removed before moving forward with de-nuke activities. Kim’s request for PARTIAL santion relief makes logical sense and common sense. And for the sake of the people of N. Korea, not Chairman Kim, the sanctions should have been lifted prior to the Singapore conference, even before that.
    But when you have a quisling, kiss-ass, USA suckbutt moron for a president in SOUTH Korea, like this dickhead idiot, President MOON, then this is what you get. S. Korea Prez. Moon should have got the sanctions lifted long ago, but Prez. Moon doesn’t have a pair of balls between his legs. He’s a godamn pussy-ass coward who refuses to direct the affairs of South Korea, for the benefit of South and North Korea. Prez. Moon won’t do a goddamn thing to stand up to the tyrant American invaders. Moon does EXACTLY AS WASHINGTON ORDERS. Moon is the silly fucking moron who should have told Washington, give N. Korea sanction relief, or get your godamn troops the fuck out of my country. NOW!!!!!

    But has Prez. Moon dared even squeak like a field mouse? Fuck no.. Moon has no balls. Moon is as much responsible for this as anyone else.

    Yes, I do believe Communist Chairman Kim asked for just some sanction relief but our good warmongering asshole buffoon presidential aid, Jackass Bolton, said NUTIN DOIN, BOYS….. And that’s where it all ended, at least this chapter of the story. What the next chapter looks like is nothing to look forward to……

    amateur radio nx0t

Current Commenter

Leave a Reply - Comments on articles more than two weeks old will be judged much more strictly on quality and tone

 Remember My InformationWhy?
 Email Replies to my Comment
Submitted comments have been licensed to The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter
Commenting Disabled While in Translation Mode
Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS Subscribe to All Ron Paul Comments via RSS