John Kiriakou accurately predicted on June that Bolton’s days as national security adviser were numbered
Donald Trump fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, on Tuesday just as John Kiriakou predicted in an article published June 12 on Consortium News.
The activist group Code Pink held a rally in front of the White House to celebrate. It’s not as though Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for running the most hawkish American official out of power (though when Barack Obama won his, he had arguably done even less), but Trump has taken an important step toward fulfilling campaign promises to not get the U.S. into even deeper military involvement in the world.
So far Trump has not started a major conflict though he’s continued and intensified Obama’s drone wars. In the face of Bolton’s almost pathological lust for war, Trump seems instead to be seeking diplomatic solutions in North Korea, despite his earlier bluster, and in Iran, showing interest in meeting the Iranian president, after ditching the Iranian nuclear deal shortly after Bolton took office.
Bolton had been pushing for military action against Iran, and Trump said he was ten minutes from launching an attack before pulling back on June 20, defying Bolton. When the U.S. president stepped into North Korean territory with Kim Jung-un on June 30 in a symbolic act, Bolton refused to accompany him and went to Mongolia instead. Kiriakou had the story even before those two events in June.