John Bolton, come on down:
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that former United Nations Amb. John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser effective April 9 -- the latest in a growing list of White House staff shakeups over the past year.
“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” Trump tweeted.
Bolton is hawkish and his mustache could be a prototype for Trump's border wall, so he's easily caricatured -- as I just demonstrated. He's spent a lot of his post-U.N. career as a purveyor of hot takes. He horrifies my libertarian-minded friends. He'll certainly be more of a hardliner than McMaster, a cautious man who was known to throw cold water on certain ideas emanating from the White House.
Is he a good choice? On balance, I don't think so, but he does represent a worldview that is well within the mainstream of American foreign policy. Pundits, even amateur ones, are supposed to be purveyors of certitude, but I honestly don't know the best approach any more. The previous two presidential administrations both screwed the pooch, but in different ways. I'm inclined to observe for now.