U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton delivers a speech at the American Center in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004. Bolton named North Korea, Iran and Syria among the worst proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, as he called for shipments to the countries and terrorist groups to be monitored more closely. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
I had meant to write a column early Monday morning on John Bolton’s book and the revelations that have come to light, but it has thus far been exceedingly difficult to write about with a clear head.
There is a growing (disturbing) trend among conservatives to attack John Bolton because one part of his manuscript that was leaked to the New York Times mentioned that Trump wanted to hold up aid to Ukraine until they launched investigations into the Biden family.
On the flip side, there is an increasing number of testimonial-type columns out there saying exactly why Bolton isn’t the next James Comey, why he isn’t deserving of these attacks, and why he definitely isn’t some Deep State Neocon Plant out to undermine and destroy Trump.
It is true that the revelation from Bolton’s book is damning, but it’s only damning if it’s true. I am wary on this subject because, recently, the very same New York Times touting these revelations also made sure to run a piece on Brett Kavanaugh saying there was new evidence against the Supreme Court Justice when, in fact, there was not and the accusations were, like the others, uncorroborated and baseless.
Like so many of the other major national outlets, the Times can fall and has fallen victim to confirmation bias, and because the book is currently not out there for us all to read, we can’t verify what is says or does not say. I am more inclined to believe all of this was a marketing ploy and not an attempt at whistleblowing against Trump because we live in a world where everyone from politicians to the guy selling Trump flags in an abandoned gas station parking lot in my town is trying to cash in on Trump.
I don’t necessarily buy into the idea that this is “nothing new” or “insignificant,” because I still believe that Trump stopping the aid that was legally passed by Congress with no strings attached is wrong, and if he did do it for personal reasons, then it is impeachable. However, the Democrats have not made their case and their insistence on bringing this to the Senate and then begging the Senate to do their job for them by finding more evidence is just proof they aren’t serious about this.
Bolton’s book is likely not going to deliver a silver bullet, just like every other silver bullet was never really a silver bullet, and the Democrats would actually be making a huge mistake in insisting a prominent conservative, who has spent decades in the conservative movement and has served multiple Republican administrations, would actually side with Democrats and put a stop to the guy who is increasingly providing the most Republican reform we’ve seen in decades.
So, ultimately, there’s no real reason to think Bolton is some sort of Deep State Neocon traitor and there is every reason to believe that there is a huge part of this story we’re not being told right now.