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Liberals Wanted Tough on Russia. They’re About to Get It

Democrats and liberals have been screeching about Russia since Trump's election. The president just appointed the most anti-Russia National Security Advisor in years.

By NTK Staff | 03.23.2018 @2:00pm
Liberals Wanted Tough on Russia.  They’re About to Get It

It doesn’t fit their ‘Trump-is-a-Russian-agent’ conspiracy theory, so liberals may ignore the fact that President Trump just appointed one of the toughest critics of the Kremlin to the post of National Security Advisor, former UN Ambassador John Bolton.

Bolton will take over the position from current National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, according to a Trump tweet.

Democrats regularly attack the president over his alleged softness toward Moscow (never mind their own President Obama’s refusal to arm Ukraine and ‘flexibility‘ with the Kremlin).

But Bolton’s hiring signals that the president will ramp up pressure on the Putin administration for its aggressive actions across the world.

Bolton has repeatedly slammed western policy toward Russia, calling for a tougher stance. In 2008, the former Bush administration official wrote that Europe’s refusal to consider Georgia and Ukraine for NATO membership (which the Kremlin sees as a grave threat to their national security interests) invited Russian invasion into the former country:

Europe’s rejection this spring of President Bush’s proposal to start Ukraine and Georgia towards Nato membership was the real provocation to Russia, because it exposed Western weakness and timidity. As long as that perception exists in Moscow, the risk to other former Soviet territories – and in precarious regions such as the Middle East – will remain.

Bolton has also called for the United States to tear up the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia and deploy more mid-range nuclear missiles in Europe.

And Bolton criticized the Obama administration’s response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying it would have no effect. “If the sanctions are to serve as successful deterrents, Bolton said, the U.S. must ‘make the Russians feel pain,'” Politico reported.

The former Bush administration official even criticized Trump at times for his stance on NATO and Russia. In an appearance on Breitbart’s radio channel, he said that Trump was “encouraging Russian aggression” with his rhetoric:

The article Bolton referred to includes a passage in which Trump said he would decide whether to come to the aid of NATO countries, “in the event of a Russian attack, only after reviewing whether those nations have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

“If he waits, and does a review after they’re attacked, they’re in deep trouble,” said Bolton.

Bolton said the United States contributes so heavily to NATO “because fewer Americans will die, if we deter Russia or other aggressors from invading.”

He accused Trump of “encouraging Russian aggression” with his statements to the New York Times, calling them “a dagger at the heart of the most successful military/political alliance in human history. He needs to retract it, and change his position.”

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