Bolton pick underscores Trump's foreign policy confusion
As recently as March 4, Trump called the invasion of Iraq “the single worst decision ever made.”
Bolton fended off host Tucker Carlson’s critique of the Iraq War, saying: “[L]ife is complicated in the Middle East. When you say the overthrow of Saddam Hussein was a mistake, it's simplistic."
As a candidate in 2016, Trump vowed that the U.S. would “stop racing to topple foreign regimes.” Later that year, Bolton called regime change “the only long-term solution” to Iran’s menacing behavior
When it comes to perhaps the most sensitive issue of all for Trump — Russia — Bolton has echoed Trump’s charges that Obama officials politicized intelligence to smear Trump as a tool of the Kremlin. In one late 2016 Fox News interview, Bolton even suggested that the hacking of Democratic emails may have been a “false flag” operation staged by the Obama administration.
But while Trump has shown an eagerness to befriend Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bolton has depicted the Russian leader as a menace who cannot be trusted. In one July 2017 op-ed, Bolton declared that Putin had lied to Trump in a face-to-face meeting when the Russian leader denied that his government had meddled in the U.S. election. Bolton called an action “a true act of war, and one Washington will never tolerate.”https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/ ... ion-482168