John Bolton wrote a book about Trump. Because he needed a new meal ticket.
Now, Bolton could have taken the Corey Lewandowsky path and written a book that praised his time working for Trump. But Bolton erred of the side of Leftism and decided to badmouth Trump. Bolton wrongly believed that writing something negative about the president provided him a winning lotto ticket.
Trump warned Bolton; hinted that he would sue Bolton over the book, “The Room Where It Happened.” Well, Trump followed through.
The administration alleged that the former national security adviser published classified information. Thus, he directly violated nondisclosure agreements. Bolton asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Request denied.
According to reports from The Hill:
“District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said in a 27-page opinion that the lawsuit will move forward because the administration had sufficiently established a likelihood that Bolton had violated the contracts by bypassing a required prepublication approval for the book.
The government has the power to prevent harm to the national security,” wrote Lamberth, who was appointed to the federal court in D.C. by former President Reagan. “While the government may not prevent Bolton from publishing unclassified materials, it may require him to undergo a reasonable prepublication review process.”
The Department of Justice filed its civil suit in June, shortly before the book was set to go on sale. Lamberth rejected the administration’s effort to obtain a restraining order against the publication, saying that it was too late and that the book was already widely available.
“In taking it upon himself to publish his book without securing final approval from national intelligence authorities, Bolton may indeed have caused the country irreparable harm,” Lamberth wrote in a June decision.
The ruling comes as a major blow to Bolton as the judge rejected every reason Bolton offered for dismissing the suit. The Justice Department also launched a separate criminal investigation into Bolton’s underhanded actions; however they were not the subject of Thursday’s ruling. So far, there has been no direct indication that Bolton will attempt to appeal the Court’s decision.
Meanwhile, Bolton is still trying to attack President Trump.
Bolton’s latest bellyaching is about NATO. In fact, he’s hoping to alarm people, saying there’s a substantial risk that Trump will pull us out of the iconic agreement. Bolton even takes credit for keeping us aligned for this long. He then warns that after a re-election, Trump would feel free to follow his instincts since the possibility of losing an election would no longer hang over-head.
But the jokes on Bolton.
Even last year, Americans were as skeptical of NATO as Trump is. No wonder the president added ditching NATO to his list of possible actions. He’s a people’s president!
Consider this article from 2019:
When it was created in 1949, the purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was clear. With the horrors of Nazism still vivid as the Cold War commenced, NATO’s first secretary general, Hastings Ismay, said the alliance existed to “keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in and the Germans down.”
Lord Ismay had a knack for plain language. It helped to popularize NATO among its member states’ citizens, which he regarded as one of his most important responsibilities: An organization that exists to defend democracies should, after all, earn popular support.
But as the heads of NATO member countries gather this week in London, some of that popular support is in jeopardy. This is one of the conclusions of a national survey that my colleagues and I at the Eurasia Group Foundation recently conducted. For a second year in a row, when faced with a hypothetical scenario in which Russia invaded Estonia, a NATO ally, Americans were roughly split on whether they wanted the United States to respond militarily. And that was after respondents were reminded of Article 5, the part of the NATO treaty that obligates the United States to respond to such aggression, and after they were told that U.S. action could be the only way to expel Russia.
Apparently, Bolton didn’t factor in the American people when he employed his scare tactics!
It’s not just President Donald Trump who is skeptical of the North Atlantic alliance, in other words. It’s the American people. To the extent that U.S. citizens think about NATO at all, they disagree about whether honoring its commitments would be worth the sacrifice.
This wavering commitment likely signals a belief that American protection is no longer necessary for European security or that the United States has different priorities from when NATO was created 70 years ago. If NATO wants to earn the confidence of American citizens—who, after all, elect the American president whom NATO allies deal with—the alliance must rethink its mission for the 21st century.
Looks like Bolton is completely out of touch. Maybe he should just go the Island of Leftists Wannabe Best Sellers! You know, that place where Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and James Comey gather ’round the campfire and burn their books for survival.
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