Sen. Paul to President-elect Trump: Don’t appoint John Bolton Secretary of State

11/15/2016 01:18 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul cautioned President-elect Donald Trump against appointing John Bolton as secretary of state, saying the hawkish conservative has shown a penchant for “hot-blooded war to create democracy across the globe.”

Paul, in an op-ed published on the website Rare, criticized Bolton’s continued support of the invasion of Iraq and his belief that similar actions need to be taken in Syria and Iran.

“Bolton is a longtime member of the failed Washington elite that Trump vowed to oppose, hell-bent on repeating virtually every foreign policy mistake the U.S. has made in the last 15 years — particularly those Trump promised to avoid as president,” Paul wrote in the piece, published Tuesday.

Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, has been mentioned as a possible pick for secretary of state, as has former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Paul told The Washington Post that he wouldn’t support either as the country’s chief diplomat because of their interventionist views.

From the op-ed:

Trump has blamed George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for helping to create ISIS — but should add John Bolton to that list, who essentially agreed with all three on our regime change debacles.

In 2011, Bolton bashed Obama “for his refusal to directly target Gaddafi” and declared, “there is a strategic interest in toppling Gaddafi… But Obama missed it.” In fact, Obama actually took Bolton’s advice and bombed the Libyan dictator into the next world. Secretary of State Clinton bragged, “We came, we saw, he died.”

When Trump was asked last year if Libya and the region would be more stable today with Gaddafi in power, he replied “100 percent.” Mr. Trump is 100 percent right.

No man is more out of touch with the situation in the Middle East or more dangerous to our national security than Bolton.

All nuance is lost on the man. The fact that Russia has had a base in Syria for 50 years doesn’t deter Bolton from calling for all out, no holds barred war in Syria. Bolton criticized the current administration for offering only a tepid war.

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