John Bolton: Trump’s arch-hawk and ‘human scum’ is marched out

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John Bolton: Trump’s arch-hawk and ‘human scum’ is marched out

An Iran nuke deal U-turn was worth the pain for the national security adviser who planned war to protect the US

Nick Allen

As he moves out of his White House office, down a hall from the Oval Office, John Bolton will take with him an item that had pride of place on his wall. In a frame sits a copy of the executive order that Donald Trump signed in 2018 withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal.

For Bolton, that single act by the president will have been worth any disagreements he encountered during his tenure as national security adviser. According to one person who knows him, Bolton’s first thought when he wakes up in the morning is how to protect America from nuclear attack.

He has long advocated pre-emptive strikes against Iran and North Korea, and remained confident that the Iraq war was “correct”, arguing that Saddam Hussein would have gone on to pursue weapons of mass destruction...

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