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.