Among the several ways to judge a person’s fitness for office are the enemies he has made.
In the case of John Bolton, President Trump’s choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment — liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with differing worldviews and questionable foreign policy experience — appear to say more about his qualifications than those who support him.
A New York Times editorial said that at least Mr. Bolton speaks his mind, though it also said it didn’t like what was on it. The Times and their ideological sister publication, The Washington Post, have spilled considerable amounts of ink in negative stories, editorials and columns in their attempts to undermine and discredit Mr. Bolton. Why?
I think one of the reasons these newspapers, the foreign policy establishment and certain enemies (and allies) of America oppose Mr. Bolton is because he is a clear thinker. He is not an appeaser. He believes nations and terrorists who publicly proclaim their desire to destroy America should be taken seriously and that credible planning should be done to make sure that destruction doesn’t happen. Peace through strength has worked before and Mr. Bolton believes it can work again. Strength is what deters bullies, not trying to “understand” their hostility toward America, as Hillary Clinton once recommended.