John Bolton – Secretary of State?
Good morning, I’m still reporting on John Bolton – Secretary of State?
Yesterday, John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, met with President-Elect Donald Trump regarding the position of Secretary of State.
I think the general notion of Ambassador Bolton in the MSM is that he is hawkish neocon. I’ve always liked Bolton. He never follows the herd because the depth of his knowledge of international affairs is so deep. His views always take a very nuanced approach.
Here’s an example. I came down in support of taking out Saddam Hussein, despite the fact that I knew it would unbalance the entire Middle East.
For those of you who weren’t old enough to have followed this on a day-by-day basis, here is a very important perspective that is completely lost from the MSM’s overview of the roots of the war in Iraq. This from Saddam Hussein’s Wikipedia entry:
“Saddam was notable for using terror against his own people. The Economist described Saddam as "one of the last of the 20th century's great dictators, but not the least in terms of egotism, or cruelty, or morbid will to power".
“Saddam's regime brought about the deaths of at least 250,000 Iraqis and committed war crimes in Iran, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International issued regular reports of widespread imprisonment and torture.”
Beyond that, I had met a nurse and a doctor whom had served in Iraq during Saddam’s reign who discovered that Saddam had a very advanced chemical and bio-weapons capability and Saddam was spending lots of money for R&D in this area.
The nurse’s name was Joyce Riley – who later went on to host a very successful radio show out of Versailles, Missouri. The doctor’s name was Garth Nicholsen who ended up teaching at a university in San Diego.
They documented Saddam’s chemical and bio-weapons capabilities as clearly WMD (weapons of mass destruction). However, the MSM was strangely silent about Riley and Nicholson’s attempts to inform the American public on dangers of this issue. It’s like they were supporting Saddam.
As the US Army entered Baghdad, it was clearly reported on Fox by Hannity -- for only one day -- that a convoy of trucks was spotted heading northwest into Syria. The theory is that this was Saddam’s bio-weapons R&D team.
This convoy was further supported by Iraqi general Georges Sada in his post-war book, Saddam’s Secrets.
General Sada was Vice-Air Marshall of Saddam’s Air Force and made several appearances on Fox talking about an air convoy as well of some 50 sorties taking some sort of heavy equipment into Syria.
This, too, is now completely ignored as the narrative is now that there was little justification for invading Iraq in the first place.
Interestingly, Gen. Sada was a devout Christian in a Muslim country.
So although I was not a huge fan of U.S. intervention, I have always been mystified why this important piece of the puzzle is now totally ignored – and even denied by the MSM.
Although it seems clear today that involvement in Iraq was a mistake, what were we supposed to do; support a dictator who ruled by throwing his opponents into trash shredding machines?
Here is a picture of the jacket of General Sada’s excellent book; published in 2006 by Integrity Publishers – a small Christian publisher in Brentwood, Tennessee.
I apologize for going on about this for two minutes, but it is so rare that I get the opportunity to expose this totally-ignored part of the history of the genesis of the Iraq war.
My point is that John Bolton’s support for the Iraq War had significant justification that has been denied over and over again in the MSM as fictitious.
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