John Bolton Is That Most Dangerous of Political Operators

John Bolton has the passion of an ideologue and the patience of a realist.Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press, “As of now, I am in control here, in the White House.” Haig’s statement was a surprise to everyone else in the Reagan administration — as well as to anyone with a passing familiarity with the line of succession outlined in the Constitution.

The US Policy against Iran Is Strategically Illogical

The Trump administration remains seemingly undecided on what its goals on Iran really are.Hostility between the United States and Iran has evolved ever since Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the nuclear deal agreed between the Iranians and the P5+1 group — in 2018. Most recently, it resulted in the cancellation of significant reduction exception (SRE) waivers for key trading partners vis-à-vis the purchase of Iranian crude.