Bolton Firing Opens Prospect for Trump to Back LaRouche's Four Powers Agreement

The inevitable, yet sudden firing of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton by President Donald Trump, on September 10, offers him the opportunity to return to his campaign pledge to end the "endless wars" of his predecessors, and to pursue mutually beneficial, cooperative relations with the other great powers, Russia and China, which he promised would be a major focus of his foreign policy.  It was inevitable that Trump would dump Bolton, as the renowned war hawk was betraying Trump's stated intention to not just end the wars, but also his commitment to put an end to the regime change policies and fake "nation building" which have characterized Bolton's career as an operative of the famed "Military Industrial Complex", during which he has loyally pursued the geopolitical doctrines serving the interests of the British Empire.  In recent months, Bolton has been engaged directly in the sabotage of Trump's major foreign policy initiatives, at times acting as though he were the President.  

With Bolton out, and the anti-Trump Russiagate story thoroughly discredited⁠—and with the real likelihood that some of its perpetrators will soon be indicted and jailed⁠—the President is now free to pursue his full break with the dangerous geopolitical doctrines, which have defined U.S. policy for most of the post-World War II period.  The blueprint for this new direction was developed by Lyndon LaRouche, with a call for a Four Power Agreement, in a speech he delivered on December 3, 2008, at a Forum for Strategic and Security Studies in New Delhi, India, and again on October 10, 2009, when he addressed the Dialogue of Civilizations Forum on the Island of Rhodes.

In reporting on his proposal at a diplomatic luncheon in Washington, D.C. on November 4, 2009, LaRouche said that a Four Power arrangement, between the U.S., Russia, China and India, would allow for the "scrapping of the present monetary system...because it is already bankrupt."  The key to this, he added, is that it has to include those four powers:

"Without an agreement among those four nations, such a recovery of the world is not possible. With those four nations, and other nations—such as, immediately, Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, and so forth—other nations come in, and now we're talking about the possibility of a general program, of creating a new, world fixed-exchange-rate system, as a credit system, not a monetary system, but a credit system of fixed-exchange rate agreements, for long-term cooperation, in infrastructure investments, which will be drivers for the development of productive investments."

This long overdue break with British geopolitics, LaRouche emphasized, is the necessary precondition for resolving the conflicts which have been used by the British to lure the U.S. into permanent wars.  These wars, which have been furiously sought after and defended by Bolton, and are now in their eighteenth year, have produced a catastrophic loss of lives and the draining of trillions of U.S. taxpayers' dollars, which Trump said could have gone instead to pay for health care, infrastructure and education.  Commenting on Bolton's propensity for provocation and war, U.S. Senator and Trump ally Rand Paul praised his firing, saying "the chances of war go down greatly with John Bolton leaving the administration."  Virginia State Senator Richard Black⁠—a Republican, and retired U.S. Army Colonel⁠—shared Paul's assessment, saying, "No one posed a greater threat to world peace than John Bolton."  With his removal, "A dark cloud has been lifted from the Trump Presidency.  The world is a safer place with John Bolton gone."

BOLTON THE "CHICKEN HAWK"

Though Bolton rejects the characterization of him as a "neocon", preferring to call himself a "realist", he has had an enduring alliance with the Bush neocon networks in the Republican Party and the Intelligence community, and with their allies among leading Democrats, such as Senator Schumer, who bemoaned his firing!  He served as a Director of the Bush League Project for a New American Century (PNAC), which was the driver behind the G.W. Bush-Cheney Iraq war.  PNAC insisted that the collapse of the Soviet Union left the U.S. as the world's sole superpower and, as such, had an inherent right to unilaterally intervene against any nation which refused to accept the loss of its sovereignty as a precondition to avoid destruction.  Bolton was a fierce promoter of the Iraq war, still refusing to admit it was a mistake.  He supported the regime change coups in Libya and Ukraine, and continues to advocate coups for Syria, Iran and Venezuela, while rejecting any cooperation with Russia and China⁠—unless it is on terms dictated by the U.S.

A brief review of his statements and actions over the last three years, including while serving under Trump, demonstrates his opposition to the intentions of the President, and why he had to be fired:

VENEZUELA: Bolton was one of the architects of the attempted coup against the Maduro presidency.  Working with Pompeo and Pence, and fellow PNAC alum and convicted war criminal Elliot Abrams, he pushed for the recognition of opposition figure Juan Guaido as the legitimate president, convincing Trump that the Maduro government was ripe to fall.  When Guaido's attempted coup failed on April 30, Bolton blamed the failure not on his lunatic assumptions, but on Cuban, Russian and Chinese intervention.  Trump was reported by the Washington Post to have been quite angry that he was roped into supporting this operation, blaming Bolton; the pro-war Post acknowledged that Trump wants the U.S. to "stay out of foreign quagmires."  Yet a month later, Bolton continued to push for a regime change coup, tweeting that the U.S. "stands firmly in support of ending Maduro's repression...."

NORTH KOREA: Prior to joining the administration, Bolton was on record saying a "first strike" by the U.S. on North Korea would be "legitimate" (interview with Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28, 2018), a formulation he repeated after taking the job with Trump.  The potential for a peaceful settlement on the Korean peninsula, the result of cooperation between Trump with China, Russia and South Korea, which grew out of the Singapore summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un, was sabotaged in Hanoi, when Bolton insisted that there could be no step-by-step denuclearization.  He threatened President Kim Jong-un and his delegation with the "Libya treatment" if they didn't submit to this demand, which ended the summit prematurely, with no agreement possible.  Bolton's stated view, that nothing short of full submission would lead to a relief from crushing sanctions, put the process on hold.  Trump's meeting with Kim after the Osaka G20 meeting, at the DMZ between North and South, put negotiations back in play.  While Bolton denounced recent missile tests by the North as a "provocation", Trump downplayed them, as he continues to work for a diplomatic breakthrough. 

IRAN: Bolton took Trump's desire to throw out the JCPOA agreement with Iran as an excuse to escalate his demands for regime change in Teheran.  In March 2018, just before his appointment, he told a meeting of the terrorist group Mujahedin-e-Khalq, "Before 2019 we here...will celebrate in Teheran."  As tensions increased after the scuttling of the JCPOA, Bolton used Iran's announcement that it would begin partial uranium enrichment to escalate.  On May 5, 2019, he ordered a U.S. carrier strike group into the Persian Gulf, and announced he had ordered the Pentagon to prepare a force of 120,000 troops for deployment to the Gulf.  Trump's resistance to a war with Iran was the subject of a May 15 Washington Post article, which described him as "frustrated" with advisers who could "rush the U.S. into a military confrontation with Iran....Trump prefers a diplomatic approach...and wants to speak directly with Iran's leaders."  When Trump called off a military strike on Iran on June 20, after a U.S. drone was shot down, Bolton mildly defended Trump's decision, but added that a military strike remains an option.

Reports that Trump is considering a meeting with Iran's President Rouhani in New York, and would consider easing sanctions to get a meeting, set off the volatile Bolton.  Bloomberg reports that he "argued forcefully against the move" on September 10, and he was fired later that day.

AFGHANISTAN: As Trump has been pursuing an agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, Bolton has made his displeasure with this known.  Administration officials blame Bolton for leaks to the press about disagreements over the invitation to the Taliban to come to Camp David for talks.  An official was quoted saying that "Bolton was unwilling to accept the decision" made by Trump.  Though the talks were called off following a bombing attributed to the Taliban, Trump fully intends to disengage the U.S. from the nation's longest war.

BOLTON VERSUS RUSSIA, CHINA

This brief review of Bolton's attempted undermining of Trump's initiatives would not be complete without reference to relations with Russia and China.  Though in deference to Trump he referred to Russiagate as a "witch-hunt," on many other occasions he has accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 election, and has identified Russia as an enemy.  He accused President Putin of lying to Trump about the allegations of Russian meddling, describing it as a "casus belli, a true act of war."  He has repeatedly called for tougher sanctions on Russia, saying "you must make them feel the pain," and has described NATO⁠—about which Trump has profound reservations⁠—as a "bulwark against a belligerent Russia."  He has long opposed any nuclear weapons treaties with Russia, and was the key figure behind U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, as he had been in the decision by the PNAC crowd running the Bush administration to cancel the ABM Treaty in 2002.  In August 2018, during a trip to Ukraine, he reiterated plans for keeping sanctions on Russia in place, and backed Ukraine's efforts to join NATO.

Bolton reacted strongly when Trump hinted that he might drop U.S. opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea.  While Trump responded to a question about this, saying on June 29, "We're going to have to see," Bolton contradicted him two days later, telling CBS News, "That's not the position of the United States."

Among his more recent anti-Russian provocations was his August 28, 2019 visit to Kiev, when he promised that U.S. military support for Ukraine against Russia would intensify, beginning with a $250 million aid package voted by the Congress.  The next day, Trump announced he was holding back the allocation of the funds, pending a review of whether this would be "in U.S. interests."  The successful completion of a prisoner swap last week, arranged by a discussion between Presidents Zelensky and Putin, and the prospect of renewing the Normandy talks between the two nations, was greeted by Trump as "Very good news, perhaps a first giant step to peace.  Congratulations to both countries." No doubt this tweet triggered an uncontrollable twitch of Bolton's mustache!

On China, Bolton has been among the hard-liners, warning about Chinese "aggressive intent" in the South China Sea, and speaking in favor of arms sales to Taiwan.  On August 14, as the violent riots were being ramped up in Hong Kong, with support from U.S. regime changers⁠—including from George Soros⁠—he warned China against a violent crackdown, saying Americans "remember Tiananmen Square".  In league with the China-phobes such as anti-Trumper Sen. Marco Rubio, he added, "The mood in Congress is very volatile...and a misstep by the Chinese government, I think, would cause an explosion on Capitol Hill."

In firing Bolton, Trump was clear that there had been repeated disagreements between them.  Bolton "made some very big mistakes," he said, singling out the reference to the "Libyan model" to the North Koreans as a prime example.  In elaborating on their disagreements, he said Bolton "wasn't in line with what we're doing"⁠—Iran wants to talk, he said, China wants to make a deal, adding "I disagreed with Bolton on Venezuela."  He also restated his desire to bring Russia back into the G8, something which must irritate Bolton no end.

All this is possible, and more, were the President to study LaRouche's Four Power Agreement proposal, and apply it as the top-down strategic conception to accomplish his stated objectives. With the old, British Empire-dominated Trans-Atlantic system disintegrating due to economic and political chaos, it is time to end the unilateralist delusion of the geopoliticians, and cast it out along with Bolton, and replace it with the LaRouchian update to the Westphalian system, to initiate a new era of peace and development.

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