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John Bolton Is A Patriot Not A Warmonger

John Bolton
What’s the difference between a patriot and a warmonger? If one were to decide based on recent media coverage of National Security Advisor John Bolton, it would appear that anyone who is clear-eyed about the intentions of our enemies is a warmonger.

In a recent USAToday op-ed Democrat Senator Chris Murphy and Democrat Rep. Jim Himes claim that Ambassador Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are “pushing Iran to the breaking point” and that their intention through the advice they are giving President Trump is nothing but a prelude to war.

This is patent nonsense, which we would be inclined to dismiss as nothing but politics if it were not so dangerous.

Murphy, Himes and others of their ilk refuse to acknowledge the existential Iranian threat to not just the United States, but to Western Civilization in general, even though from their respective perches on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, they must surely have the requisite information to understand it.

What John Bolton comprehends in a way that Murphy and Himes apparently do not is that Iran has been at war with the United States for 40 years, and because we have been saddled with leaders who have refused to recognize that reality, we have lost many battles and allowed the initiative to remain with the Iranian Islamists.

What’s more, this war is not a typical war for control of territory or resources or regional influence – it is a civilization-level war that pits Iranian Sharia-supremacism and Iranian “Absolute Wilayat al-Faqih” (Guardianship of the Jurist) against every other worldview, but especially the ideas of the Western Enlightenment.

The truth is that our most dangerous enemy is political Islam, and the only way to defeat it is to drop the fiction that “Islam is a religion of peace” and use all our national power to present an alternative worldview that undermines and eventually destroys the government of the Ayatollahs.

And this includes destroying Iran’s proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.

Doing so does not require the United States to enter into a shooting war with Iran, rather it requires the United States to maintain the maximum-pressure strategy that President Trump has crafted with the assistance and advice of Bolton and Pompeo.

What’s more, when the Iranian people have protested the failures of Khomeinism and Absolute Wilayat al-Faqih in the past, “statesmen” such as Murphy and Himes were completely silent or opposed taking concrete action to use that popular discontent to undermine the regime. Like the rest of the Washington establishment, they have been content to substitute holding worthless real estate in the Middle East and killing a few thousand ignorant jihadis for fighting and winning the real war – which is the defeat of Sharia-supremacism and Iranian Absolute Wilayat al-Faqih.

Finally, it is important to rebut two specific complaints Murphy and Himes level against Bolton and President Trump’s policies. The first one is that Iran was planning attacks on American targets in retaliation for damage done to the Iranian economy by sanctions the U.S. re-imposed after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA). The second is the attacks may also have been planned in response to the Trump administration’s recent designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

The Obama administration told the American people that the Obama – Iran nuclear deal would improve relations with Iran and bring it into the international community. However, noted Fred Fleitz in a recent article for National Review, Iran’s behavior actually worsened after the JCPOA, especially with its decision to send troops to Syria. President Trump decided not to rely on the weak nuclear deal to restrain Iranian behavior and protect American interests in the region. Reminiscent of President Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” dictum, the deployment of military forces is a show of U.S. force to prevent hostilities, not to start a war with Iran.

In addition, although European governments still oppose President Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA and new U.S. sanctions against Iran, European corporations are honoring U.S. sanctions and have left Iran in droves, including Air France, British Airways, KLM, Total, Siemens, and Volkswagen. It seems Democrats like Murphy and Himes always support sanctions, until they start working.

President Trump’s critics, like Murphy and Himes, are claiming that the surge in tensions with Iran in response to Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA proves the U.S. withdrawal from this agreement was a mistake and increased the threat from Iran. But the facts suggest otherwise. Iran is desperately trying to reverse the effects of the strategy President Trump crafted, and John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are implementing, because the strategy is working, and that makes Trump, Bolton and Pompeo patriots, not warmongers.

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