Sen. Lindsay Graham Praises John Bolton’s Appointment For Possible Preemptive War

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina celebrated the appointment of conspiracy theorist and Iraq War propagandist John Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Graham praised Bolton’s failed record during the Bush administration, and hoped Bolton’s appointment meant “taking the gloves off”  and possibly “preemptive military force”:

He has a world view that I think will help the president make us safer. He’s believed stronger than anybody that North Korea having an ICBM nuclear-tipped missile is a non-starter; he believes the Iranian agreement is a terrible deal for the world, the United States, and Israel; he believes in a strong military, going after the terrorists, taking the gloves off.

Graham praised an op-ed Bolton recently wrote for the Wall Street Journal, “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First”:

He wrote an op-ed piece a couple weeks ago saying that as a last resort, we should use preemptive military force, if that’s the only thing left, to stop North Korea from building a nuclear weapon that can hit America. He believes in the military option as a last resort.

During an interview with CBS News in 2017, Graham downplayed concerns that violence between U.S. and North Korea could kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people:

Put yourself in President Trump’s shoes for a moment — where does your allegiance lie? Isn’t your primary purpose as President of the United States to protect the American homeland from a nuclear weapon attack by a guy like Kim Jong-un?… He’s gonna pick homeland defense over regional stability and he has to.

Back on “Fox & Friends ,” Graham said Iran and Russia are countries he thinks Bolton will push for a more confrontational stance; Bolton has called for bombing Iran.

(Sources: Fox News via YouTube, CBS News/Twitter)

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