35 Burst results for "John Bolton"
Should We Lift Sanctions on Iran?
"Congressman waltz, let's turn to Iran yesterday the president of Iran was invited to the UN. I don't know why he got it. Visa, he came and he threatened Israel in America and held up a picture of the now dead Soleimani who was in Iran in Iraq trying to kill Americans. What did you think about that and what is the law that you propose law that you in the senator of introduced? Well, on top of the supreme leader having to be the sons of all of his inner circle, are going to school in America. They're enjoying student visas. They're hanging out at Harvard and for instance. So it's a broader issue of what we're allowing to come into this country and these thugs that we're allowing to come into the country and the rich elites in Iran. However, the bottom line of the legislation I'm really proud to work with senator Ernst on this is twofold. One, we don't lift sanctions on countries that are holding Americans hostage, trying to assassinate American officials of John Bolton Mike Pompeo, Robert O'Brien and others. And oh, by the way, wounding an attacking American soldiers as they just did in Syria through its proxies. And then two, we have to codify the sanctions on Iran on its financial industry as energy industry. It's inner circle because my fear, my biggest fear of these negotiations is that Biden somehow tries to tie the hand of a future administration, which is unconstitutional and wrong by giving Iran through Russia. Some type of deal that if a future administration said, this isn't in our best interest would tie their hands.
The Trump Diplomacy
"The things that leaders have to do in diplomacy. And you mentioned two books in passing in your own book breaking history. One is the hundred year marathon by Pillsbury about China. Excellent book. The other is Lawrence Wright's book on Camp David. You have to be read. You have to be well informed, but you also need partners. I notice, you are trying for four years to get, and the Abraham accords are the key big deal of the Trump period. I mean, history will still be looking at them in 300 years. The key thing was not moving forward until Mike Pompeo replaced Rex Tillerson at state until Robert O'Brien arrived to replace John Bolton. Why do individuals matter so much when the principles want to get somewhere? So that's actually one of the fascinating things that hopefully people will get from reading the book is that I learned that nobody in Washington can get anything done by themselves. It's really a function of different people from different backgrounds with different experiences from different geographies coming to a coming together, having to agree on an objective, create a plan and then all row together in order to accomplish it. And I think in the beginning, Trump's policies were so radical to Washington, right? A lot of people say he's conservative, some people call them other things. I think of him as a pragmatist. And I thought that a lot of the things he was saying just made sense, right? Why are we stuck in all these endless wars if we're fighting a war? Let's fight to win. Why are we getting taken advantage of on trade by people who were protecting like Europe and NATO? And so all these things to me just made a lot of common sense. And so you had people in there. I think the biggest difference with a guy like Tillerson was that he wanted to manage the world, whereas Trump wanted to change the world. And Trump, I write about a lot about his decision making. I write about how he would take calculated risks in order to make big differences. And I give great examples. I take people into the situation room and into the different scenes when he was deciding to move the embassy. The fierce resistance he got from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense from the Intel community from every other world leader, and Trump understood why no other president had done it before. It was just a barrage. But he didn't allow that risk to dissuade him. He studied it. And then he said, to me, Jared, I want you to go mitigate that risk. If people's fear is that there's going to be riots and explosion in the Middle East, call all the leaders in the Middle East and tell them we're watching. They want our help now with Iran. They want our help with military. They want our help with trade. They want our help with a million other things. Tell them this is a decision we are going to make, Israel is a sovereign nation. They have the right to determine where their capital is. And we are a sovereign nation. We have the right to recognize that decision. And so if they have a problem with it, they can voice it, but that's it. I don't want to see big problems. And so we really mitigated it. There's one leader in the Middle East who said to me at that time. He said, Jared, I'm not going to tell you to move the embassy. I'm not going to tell you not to do it. But what I will tell you is that if you do do it, you'll find out who your Friends are. And that was a very, very true and why statement. And we ended up working with everyone and we got it done. And I think that with Trump, the more that he slaughtered the sacred cows and did the things that everyone warned him couldn't be done. And again, he did them very thoughtfully. They were not done recklessly or impetuously.
"john bolton" Discussed on Between The Lines
"Look at me in the RVI Gavin Phillip law was spoken about a narrow path to getting inflation down, but keep unemployment low at the United States currently 3.4% if we could keep it in the sort of low 4% range over the next couple of years as monetary policies taught. And I think that would be a good outcome. You know, one of the big risks though is China's economy. I think that's the thing we really need to keep careful eye on because that's the one that we're much more plugged into. And it's a bit of a black box China. We just don't really have a good grip on what's going on over there because they're closed system of government. That was John keough, columnist and economics editor for the Australian financial review, and Joanne masses, chief economist at baron Joey. Well, we earlier heard from John Bolton and I think it's fair to say it's Wally believed he's temperament. It's the antithesis of the conventional diplomat, isn't it? So let's change the tune and hear about the often underestimated power of people to people diplomacy or in this case piano to people diplomacy. Now a few years ago, it was in 2018. I had the great privilege of meeting amber Hammond, an Australian classical pianist, who talked about girl piano truck. At her project that takes her to remote parts of the world to play piano to those least expecting a concert.
"john bolton" Discussed on Between The Lines
"John, let's conclude with the end of the unipolar moment, as you well know, 30 years ago, Charles kraut hammer the distinguished columnist coined the term to describe. America's place in the post Cold War era. Is there not less of a domestic appetite for America? To play the kind of dominant role on the world stage that you've espoused, given the success of Trump. I mean, he did win in 2016, and even the success of someone like Bernie Sanders. John Bolton. Well, you know, the unipolar moment comes and goes. We had a unipolar moment in 1945, too, because the world was devastated after World War II, but other countries came back. We had a unipolar moment when the Soviet Union collapsed. Other countries have moved in to take its place. But if it simply means that the world has grown more complicated, I think that's something America needs to take into account. What our problem has been is lack of political leaders who explained to the United States that we are protected most at home when we have a strong international presence. I think the American people in their gut understand that. And that's why if you look at the reaction in America to the Trump Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan and the catastrophic way it was carried out, they know it was a strategic mistake. Besides lack of good political leaders, but are you overlooking America's weaknesses? Let me put this to you in the past year there's been the following you mentioned the humiliating U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. A family to defend and secure America's southern border as 2 million migrants from all over the world poured across. A surge in crimes of violence, shootings, murders, militias in the major cities, and inflation rate not seen in 40 years, massive deficits and debt, and that's not to mention the toxic polarization in Washington, given all this, do you really think Americans still have the stomach to play a global leadership role in Europe? The Persian Gulf and the indo Pacific. I think they do if they have leaders who are willing to level with them. It would also help not to elect Democrats that are spending the country into bankruptcy. I think 2024 is going to be a critical year. And may well tell us the answer to that question. I'm optimistic, actually, that among the Republicans running for president, we're going to find somebody who has this larger vision and will come to Victor.
"john bolton" Discussed on Between The Lines
"At that time, Taiwan had an even more fiercely pro independent leader called Chen Shui bian. And I can tell you that the Bush administration put tremendous pressure on the century began administration to ensure that the administration did not in any way derail U.S. China relations. If the George W. Bush administration can show such sensitivity on the Taiwan issue, it shows that basically the American diplomats have lost something in their management of China and they're walking away from policies that have worked well for the United States in the past. That's cacio Marni on Iran last week. John Bolton, why can't Washington just stick to the status quo in Taiwan? Well, I think the Bush administration policy on Taiwan with all due respect to my former boss was mistaken. I think the State Department then was listening to the wrong people about how to handle Taiwan. It's not Taiwan that's provoking this crisis. It's the determination in China to subjugate Taiwan as they in recent years have subjugated Hong Kong contrary to the joint Sino British declaration on the handoff of Hong Kong back to Taiwan as they've suppressed the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province. It's really Chinese aggressiveness that's the issue here. And the people of Taiwan have made a decision, they don't want a one country two systems approach. They want a separate democratic government which they have. Now, people can say, oh, come on. They're all Chinese. Well, those same people would have to say, you people in Australia shouldn't be independent. You're really British. And so are you American? Are the two powers that matter? The conventional wisdom in Beijing and Washington notwithstanding Joe Biden's many gaffes on the subject, the conventional wisdom is that the U.S. interest on this issue is best served by maintaining a status quo that balances de facto autonomy with formal ambiguity of status for Taiwan. Look, I think if you're Henry Kissinger, then you can manage the concept of strategic ambiguity. We are short on Henry Kissinger's these days. Common sense says to be clear on a matter that's in your strategic interest is the way to avoid confusion and possible hostilities. And I think the doctrine of strategic ambiguity has served its purpose and we ought to be clear to China that we consider Taiwan an independent country. I would have done this 20 years ago. I think we should exchange full diplomatic recognition embassies the whole 9 yards.
"john bolton" Discussed on Between The Lines
"They would say huge John Bolton are talking about defeating a rival great power in a war that the Russian sea as existential and that has thousands of nuclear weapons aimed at Europe and the U.S. all for what? Well, the issue here is not a war that we planned. This was the second Russian invasion of Crimea. The first being in 2014. And I would say whatever mistakes were made before that, the biggest mistake was the U.S. and Europe in 2014, allowing Russia to take at that point about 10% of Ukraine's territory, including particularly the Crimea. And really responding with only incidental sanctions. That was a signal to Putin and the Kremlin that they could get away with it again. But won't focusing on defeating Russia hurt the U.S. ability to pivot to Asia. This is a very important issue for Australians. And if it hurts the U.S. ability to pivot to Azure as Barack Obama put it in the Australian parliament in November 2011, doesn't that make it harder to contain China and thus easier for China to invade Taiwan? Well, you know, there's no doubt in my mind that China is the existential threat of the 21st century for the west as a whole. There's no doubt about it. And I don't think really any serious argument that they're not the existential threat. However, from the perspective of the United States as a global power, any place that we receive is a place somebody else will advance contrary to our interests. And that includes China. China and Russia have formed a kind of Entente here. Their interest overlap enough to do that. It's not a real axis yet, not yet, but it could be with others like Iran. So this notion of the pivot itself is a big mistake. The United States is everywhere because our friends and our interests are everywhere. It requires more effort than we've put forward since the end of the Cold War, but that's something that real political leaders are going to have to explain to the American people. John Bolton was U.S. ambassador to the UN during the George W. Bush administration and his author of surrender is not an option defending America at the United Nations and abroad that was in 2007. John, the U.S. speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent trip to Taiwan, obviously it's attracted a lot of controversy many people in Australia, it might up in the one China policy that has served the regional pace for the past half century, your response. Well, I think Pelosi was right to go. And I think perhaps here in Australia, there's as much confusion about what the one China policy is, is there in the United States. I can say, emphatically, the one China policy does not mean that we agree that Beijing should control Taiwan. That's not what the Shanghai communique said. It's not what subsequent communique said in various assurances and other things that were given to Taiwan. The fact is on Taiwan, the people have decided they want to be an independent country. And in terms of their identification over the last 30 years, they see themselves as Taiwanese. They do not see themselves as Chinese. Except that the George W. Bush administration in which you served at state and the UN, it took a different approach to Taiwan. Here's what cacio marble Bonnie, the former Singaporean Mandarin and senior diplomat. This is what marble Barney told me last week. George W. Bush administration was not a soft administration. He was a tough, strong administration, dominated by many new cons in the foreign policy making apparatus. Just go back and study how George W. Bush handled the Taiwan issue in the U.S., China relationship.
"john bolton" Discussed on Between The Lines
"And yet Trump, according to all the available opinion polling still is the most popular choice to run for president in 2024. Well, barely. Different surveys show different things. The last survey I took before the subpoena had Trump 33 desantis 31 and a series of others in single digits. The reason I think Trump gathers support is that when he becomes the target of the Biden administration of the left in America, people rally around him. It's a tribal kind of thing. But having said that, they know his flaws. His real support within the Republican Party, in my view, is actual bases maybe 15 to 20% of the party. Okay, just in terms of those formal Republican colleagues who say they all support Trump come hell or high water, what's your message to them? Well, if you want to lose, be my guest, that's not particularly what I want to do. He cost us the House of Representatives during the course of his incumbency. He cost us the United States Senate. He cost us The White House. He cost us and state and local elections. And this subpoena, I mean, if you're a real conspiracy theorist, you think the Democrats did it to bring Trump back into the center of American politics. I think it's more a question of naivete on the part of the Justice Department, but nonetheless, if the election is about Donald Trump, this November, Republicans will not do as well as they should have. And that perhaps explains why many Democrats big donors are supporting candidates who are alone with Trump in the House and the Senate. Well, you know, if Republicans were trying to interfere in the democratic primaries to pick the weakest candidates, the media would be trumpeting dirty tricks, you know, you can just imagine what they would be saying. But when the Democrats try to influence Republican primaries to get what they think would be the weakest candidates, well, that's just fine. Including when they back people who believe in Donald Trump, that's how hypocritical this is. This is Tom Switzer and this is between the lines on ABC's RN, my guess is John Bolton, former president Trump's national security adviser, John, let's turn to Ukraine. It's fighting back and hard in of all places Crimea, which of course has been occupied by Russian forces since 2014. How far could the Ukrainian counteroffensive go? Well, that's the race we're in now to see who can gain the most territory. The Russians have been slowly grinding out territorial gains. They now control roughly 25% of Ukraine's territory, maybe a little bit more. But the U.S., Britain and other NATO allies have armed the Ukrainians with increasingly sophisticated weapons, high Mars, the highly mobile rocket systems, anti radiation, air to surface missiles to hit Russian defenses, a series of other sophisticated weapons that really have proven themselves in battle, javelin anti tank missiles for some time now. And I think that's enabled the Ukrainian forces to do very well. But I also think that both sides here may be near exhaustion in terms of casualties. The Russians have suffered casualties beyond comprehension in the west. I think it just shows their calculus about the value for human life is not what ours is. But while the Ukrainians have been very silent about their total casualties, I don't think we should take that to mean they've been white. I think they've been very heavy. So we're in a race against exhaustion in a certain sense here. And the most likely outcome, though, is that the war will simply continue because there's no diplomatic advantage, certainly the Ukraine side to bring it to a halt. And the significance of the assassination of the daughter of the Putin ally this week.
"john bolton" Discussed on Between The Lines
"Geopolitics in the world today, there's a lot going on. Just think about it. Ukraine, NATO and Russia. Then there's China threatening stance towards Taiwan, and in the U.S., the big question is, could Donald Trump become president again and how would that change international relations? Well, France's let's turn to a leading conservative foreign policy figure in Washington, who served in every Republican administration since the 1980s. I'm talking about John Bolton. Among other official positions, Bolton has served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration and national security adviser to president Donald Trump. John Bolton is also author of several prominent books, including the room where it happened. A White House memoir. He's in Australia this week as a guest of the center for independent studies. That's a Sydney public policy
Victor Davis Hanson Discusses Trump Derangement Syndrome
"Drill down on one of the things you mentioned there. So be schloss, who previously before Trump was a presidential historian with many books to his credit, has come out as clearly one of these patients of Trump derangement syndrome who gives interviews about how oh and by the way people are executed for treason and the espionage act. But it's one thing to have a talking head or a man of letters say that professor. But when, as you noted, the former director of central intelligence, a general, a retired general in the air force, retweets that and says, sounds right to me. Have we come to some qualitative change in the substantive nature of the republic? Are we at a place that we have inside? Did they talk about did leading commentators and former government officials talk about executing Nixon in the 70s? No, that was a fringe element among the hard left. The street left, but not the establishment, but what we're seeing with somebody like Michael Hayden is that this is a serial behavior. He would compare Trump's immigration policies to the death camps at Auschwitz, and then not to be not to be embarrassed by that. He was one of the 50 so called officers. Yeah. And he said that hunter lapsed cough was Russian disinformation, which even hunter didn't claim. Hunter didn't deny that it was his. So there's this group of people Liz Cheney, Michael Hayden, Michael Bess laws, a Bill kristol, John Bolton, that they're so acculturated to the waters of Washington, and they swim in those waters that they feel that when they come down from on high and make these statements, it has an effect. And it has no effect. Nobody listens to them. So then rather than correct or be self reflective, they double down and double down. And then they get past the point of caricature.
How the Left Tried to Hide an Iranian Plot to Kill John Bolton
"Somebody wants to kill John Bolton. This is a little bit of a surprise to me. It's like me discovering somebody wants to kill Bill kristol, and I'm like, why would somebody want to kill Bill kristol? The guy is such a dullard. That the idea that he provokes someone to such a degree that they want to go after him is a little bit of a puzzle. Now, if you listen to some damn John Bolton talk, I think he likes to sound like he's a very scary character. In fact, I once heard him talking recently, he was talking about elections and he's like, well, you know, I've been involved in fixing a lot of elections in foreign countries, and so I think John Bolton likes to see himself as some kind of a machiavellian character who is ruthlessly pursuing the interests of the United States involved in all kinds of nefarious dealings abroad, recognizes that he has to be very tough in the protection of U.S. interests. And this is the neocon. Well, to some degree, it's a charade. This is not to say that Bolton doesn't serve as he did. National security adviser and evidently this assassination plot has to do with the killing of Soleimani. Remember the Iranian general Soleimani wiped out in a drone strike at Baghdad's international airport. Now the decision of this didn't come from Bolton. I'm pretty sure Bolton would have advocated for it. So in that sense, Bolton is someone who would want to see Soleimani removed, but it was Trump who made the decision and this occurred in 2020. January of 2020, and evidently when that happened, the Iran's Islamic revolutionary guard put out a kind of a fatwa, if you will. On Bolton.
Are Trump Boxes the Real Problem?
"I do want to talk about allocation of bureau resource. You have a lot of FBI agents living in your state and they're important and valued members of our entire national fabric. They do great work. But I don't know where John Bolton lives, but the Iranian revolutionary guard corps could force does. I'm worried about people in front of justice Kavanaugh's house, including an attempted assassination of him. I'm worried about an open border. I'm I just don't know about the allocation of resources to boxes and Donald Trump's basement that this represents. Well, I can't argue with that and Marilyn probably has a higher percentage of FBI agents living there than any other state. I would imagine we've got a higher percentage of federal employees than any other state we surround the nation's capital. I just had a meeting with John Bolton last week in Annapolis. He lives in Maryland. And he does have security. I mean, I don't know all the details of these threats, but apparently it's still a concern. And we have been both Glenn youngkin and I, governor of Virginia, have been pushing the Biden administration to do more at the federal level to help us. It's been state and local police trying to enforce the law, but there are federal laws protecting the Supreme Court Justices, and they're really not doing it.
Iranian man charged in John Bolton assassination plot
"In Iranian operative has been charged in a plot to murder John Bolton I'm Lisa dwyer with the latest the Justice Department says that an Iranian operative was offering $300,000 to eliminate former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton assistant attorney general for the FBI's national security division Matt Olson says This assassination plot was undertaken and apparent retaliation for the January 2020 killing of Qasem Soleimani Identified by U.S. officials as a member of the Iran's revolutionary guard is currently wanted by the FBI on charges related to the murder for hire plot Olsen says This was not an idle threat And this is not the first time we uncovered brazen acts by
Why the WHCD Is a Waste of Time
"Were you at The White House correspondents association dinner on Saturday night? I was not now. I won neither. I wasn't invited. I went 6 years ago and said, this is really, this is the regime. This is the gathering in of the over class. And I'm using that advisory. It's just the permanent government. I don't think it's a deep state, like turkey has or like Russia has. I think it's an over class. And they get together once a year and they celebrate their over a class Ness. And it's not very classy, but it is dominant. You did not hear much about the founding values that you would see held up at restoring America. So my question is, who is going to write for restoring America? 'cause you can't to go to that dinner is almost to take you off of Tom Rogan's radar, I think. Well, you know, obviously, I think one of the issues here, you know, people like to go work with some are examiner, racist, of course. There are some great reporters, but that group in Kellerman, I think, look at The White House press briefing room, right? That it does pervade. So we're showing America it is a work in progress. What we want to do is just build up some of the top thinkers in conservative thought, both on the kind of think tank side, but in media. We've had politicians already senator Rubio's written for us and Andy McCarthy, I hope, is going to be starting writing for us a Deborah so on some of the social policy areas. John Bolton, got a piece. So really what we want to do is just try to attract these thinkers and say to them, what are my key pictures is I can pay, I can pay people to do it, which they deserve for their time. And secondly, I'm not going to edit you and my colleagues are not going to edit you excessively. We want you to make a robust argument and feel free to kind of run with it. Again, because what is the central plank over restoring America as idea? Free debate, dialog discussion,
Iranians Plotted Assassination of John Bolton & Mike Pompeo
"This is from what is this from world Israel news IRGC plot to assassinate former top U.S. officials revealed You know this is in today's news Hap tip Julie Levin In today's news the United States has solid evidence of an Iranian plot to assassinate two former top government officials but is refraining from legal action because the administration is afraid of torpedoing a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic The Washington examiner reported According to the news magazine source in the Department of Justice American officials uncovered a plan by at least two members of the Islamic revolutionary guard corps cuds force you understand this is Iran To co former national security adviser John Bolton and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo According to the source the men had engaged in serious reconnaissance of their targets and it even tried to hire an assassin on U.S. soil The Americans who knew what was going on already in an early stage counted by assigning Bolton a full-time Secret Service detail either late last year or early this year with high level of enhancement capabilities said the report Pompeo has been guarded intensely since he left office at the end of the Trump administration This ongoing unusual protection has been granted due to the express threats made against him by Iranian leaders for his role in the January 2020 assassination in Iraq of the quds force commander major general kassan
Lawyer: US Drops Lawsuit, Grand Jury Probe Over Bolton Book
"The justice department has dropped its lawsuit against former national security adviser John Bolton who had written a book about his time in the trump administration the trump administration sued last year to block the release of John Bolton's book the room where it happened and to recover copies that had already been distributed saying it contained classified information the book painted a behind the scenes unflattering account of former president trump's foreign policy dealings with China and Ukraine alleging he made requests for political assistance from leaders of both countries the blighted ministrations filed a document in federal court dismissing the lawsuit against Bolton whose lawyers say a grand jury investigation into the book's publication also has been dropped Jackie Quinn Washington
Report to blame Saudi Crown Prince for death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
"With New public details about those behind the death of journalists, Jamal Kashiwagi. Now it implies Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. It also comes as President Biden plans his first call to Saudi Arabia, King Salman Former national security adviser John Bolton told Bloomberg News. On top of the killing of two Sugi dynamics in the Middle East have changed. Well. Last night. Axios reported that Biden plans to call the king today that coming before the release the head of the oven intelligence report about the murder of the journalist remark, a show G. What do you know about this report? I don't. I don't. I don't know exactly what report it is And if it's Related anything that I saw when I was in the government. I won't talk about it. But I will say this. This is this is ah, moment of truth. I think for buying if if he wants to have a fundamentally different relationship with Saudi Arabia, I think it's a reflection that he thinks he can have a fundamentally different relationship with Iran. And I think That part of the premises. Incorrect. As long as the Ayatollahs are in tower. Nobody could don's the murder show. Nobody has any doubt that the Saudi government was involved in it. This is a this is a matter of realpolitik. In in that region way need the Saudis and they need us When I was in Moscow, once meeting with President Putin, he just he thought of his real humorous. Subject that we might turn away from the Saudis, and he said to me, Look, if you don't want to sell them weapons, That's fine. I'll sell them weapons. Now. The CIA assessed that NBS personally ordered the killing and a United Nations investigator found in June of 2019. It was inconceivable that NBS was not aware. The killing, of course. Yogi. White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that President Biden is working to re calibrate the American relationship with Saudi Arabia and plans to communicate with King Salman, which is his counterpart instead of his son, the Crown prince. South Dakota House lawmakers have begun impeachment proceedings against the
Cyber czar to draw on new powers from defense bill
"Under the defense authorization acts that was just passed by Congress should help the government respond to that solar winds hack Under the bill, Congress will establish a cyber czar position at the White House, in addition to granting numerous other new cybersecurity powers. That national cyber director will be a Senate confirmed position. The executive branch has been without a formal cybersecurity leader since 2018 when former national security adviser John Bolton eliminated the role as a way to reduce bureaucracy. You have traffic and
Cyber czar to draw on new powers from defense bill
"That will be enacted under the Defense Authorization Act that was just passed by Congress should help the government respond to the solar winds hack. Under the bill, Congress will establish a cyber czar position at the White House, in addition to granting numerous other new cybersecurity powers. National cyber director will be a Senate confirmed position. The executive branch has been without a formal cybersecurity leader since 2018 when former national security adviser John Bolton eliminated the role as a way to reduce bureaucracy. The State Department also recently got rid of its cybersecurity coordinator office.
Iran’s president blames Israel for killing nuclear scientist and vows to respond at the ‘right time’
"Joe biden could be facing a crisis in iran when he takes office the runs top. Nuclear scientists was killed. Daytime ambush friday. The scientists was considered the architect of iran's secret nuclear program that was halted in two thousand three while. Nbc news has not independently confirmed details surrounding his death. Iran's foreign minister has implicated israel in the attack but israel has not commented on the allegations. Join me now now. You're a hawk former state. Department senior adviser and host of sirius. Xm that global experience treat a policy of the quincy institute for responsibility in statecraft and author of losing it. Enemy and colonel lawrence wilkerson former chief of staff for secretary of state colin powell. So i'd like to start with you. Treat it what exactly is happening right now. What are we hearing. Well the latest is happening. Is that the iranian president. I've come out with a statement. Essentially saying that iran is not going to walk into what he called a trap by israelis to escalate and and create a war because that is in his assessment with the israelis wants But it is not clear if that is the view of other elements inside the country. Some of this debate is starting to be taking place in public in which the argument that is made by the other side is that these assassinations continued to take place precisely because in their view the iranians have not responded harshly enough to previous attacks and the only way of preventing future. Attacks is to respond harshly. This one if that happens however than there is a very significant risk for a major esscalation potentially war which according to ruhani is what the Always looking for curl wilkerson. How unusual would it be for the notes to have not been informed of this. Do you believe that the white house knew that this was going to happen. It would be extremely unusual. Maria theresa I have to believe that was informed Trump's whole effort now seems to be to be foul the recent election. So i don't think he's very attentive to but my peyot at sectors state is and i'll remind your viewers of what's up their defense robert gates Now my chancellor. William and mary that the saudis are willing to fight the iranians for the last dead american. And i would add bb netanyahu too much in yahoo in that. I think that's what we're looking at here. They want as a major outcome. A war as a middle ground outcomes they want a bombing campaign by the us against toronto nuclear facilities and as a minimum amount They want to foreclose any possibility of the new president. Joe biden reentering the joint comprehensive plan of action the nuclear agreement with iran and. It looks like they're well on that road to success to follow up on that. Because i think the what the colonel stating is quite implicates the perhaps the role of the white house in this we know that any who has been a very strong ally of donald trump donald trump has been very clear that he is an ally of israel but also want also was the one that was responsible for pulling us out of the nuclear deal with iran. And the idea that we're hearing possibly is that donald trump perhaps did this. No had israelis did this informing donald trump. But also is this netanyahu's attempt to do something under this current administration that he knows me not able to do with a biden administration will the binding administration has certainly picked up a where. The obama administration left off in terms of wanting to return to diplomacy and use the tools of diplomacy to box in bad actors. If we rewind we know. The iran nuclear deal was less about iran's as a terrorist nation and more about eliminating the ability for iran to get a nuclear weapon. That yahoo was opposed of the saudis. Were closed. But this was a coordinated effort between european countries including russia and the united states with the united states. Pulling out that really opened the door. Before is israel and the saudis to look to other avenues to influence the united states. You also had with trump national security adviser john bolton who was in iran war hawk and so some of that still remains netanyahu just last week was meeting and talking with mohammed bin salman the crown prince of saudi arabia. So they're looking at a ticking time clock of being able to behave in ways in which the international at least the united states will not be speaking up. An opposing their efforts so That's the key thing is how much can they. Box in. A biden's options By engaging the united states under a trump administration or while trump is still commander in chiefs treatise of the. Us has done officially commented on what occurred. What is your take when this idea that. Perhaps the trying to do is box in the president elect wyden. I think that's absolutely correct than i think it's also correct would counter wilkerson said that There was probably some sort of implicit green light from the trump administration for netanyahu. Go forward with this. However it's also important to recognize that. Netanyahu must also have calculated that biden. Probably does not have the political will to inflict impose a cost netanyahu if he does these things to box in biden and i think it is up to the biden administration to prove netanyahu wrong. Because i doubt that netanyahu would have gone down this path unless he felt that it was pretty much cost fee from him not just from trump but also from biden
Penguin Random House to Buy Simon & Schuster
"We now have a two point two billion dollar deal which i guess by the standards of emanate manet transactions is quite small but by the standards of book publishing. It's absolutely enormous webuye. Random penguin or penguins house. I never know which one those two. I prefer which is owned by this. Massive german publishing house called bertelsmann is going to buy or his said they wanted has agreed to by simon and schuster which is the third-biggest publisher in america. Four point two billion dollars and according to a statement from news cool which. I don't know if i take this at face value. But i haven't seen anyone say that it's not true. This will create a publishing house with seventy percent of all literary fiction. They basically have seventy percent of all these novels in america and they have about a third of the entire book market. If this this looks to me like a monopoly and it looks to me like bertelsmann's trying to create a monopoly and does anyone disagree. And if they are. Shouldn't this be looked. I don't agree. I think this could be very bad for book publishing in general especially for authors. There's one bless house to compete for authors and titles so that means lower advances that means bigger titles. There's already all this consolidation in the book business and there's a tendency now the trend. Is you know big blockbuster. Titles simon and shuster made a lot of money this year because of they they had the john bolton book and the mary trump book penguin random house made a lot of money this year because they had the obama book and the other obama book and so the consolidation isn't really good news for people care about you know interesting books getting published. It's just more bad news and it is a monopoly but at the same time i sent around this piece of franklin four wrote in the atlantic. About how this is actually not about book publishing per se or book publishing companies but is actually about amazon because while this combined company would have a third of the book publishing market amazon has about half of book publishing distribution. So it's like maybe a counterweight to that. I don't know how convinced are very like amazon's position in book. Sales is clearly monopolistic. And as if you remember back a million years to the episode. We talked about when they go into a big fight with has shed You know they basically stopped shipping shit bugs and they will mock is unavailable in this kind of thing in this big fight. They are not afraid to play t when it comes to fighting with book. Publishers and it is color ripley possible. I suppose that a combined penguin random house and simon and schuster is going to be so big that they will be able to stand up to amazon's bullying a little bit about better. And i kind of by that but everything else that frank wrote in that piece is just like. Oh my god. You're such a fogy. And he was like. I'm plus he was like we need to do something about this amazon monopoly without ever saying what it is that we need to do is very hard to break up that monopoly at this point. Is you know full of us trying to like bookshop to amazon. Like it's not going to move the needle verify thousand just has that monopoly that monopoly incidentally is so entrenched in people's minds. The people simply assume that amazon has a monopoly everywhere else as well and it doesn't and this is one of the weird things about amazon. Is that because his daunted is a bookstore and because it has such a powerful position in books every time it makes an announcement like it did last week saying oh we're moving into pharmaceuticals and prescriptions. Oh my it's going to have napoli in prescription. Of course it's not gonna have a monopoly and prescriptions. Books are unique. There were very very unique. Market it does seem absolutely obvious that the big loser here is authors and especially authors of fiction. Because what always used to happen. Is you'd have an auction. Your agent would like send out your manuscript to a bunch of different publishers and then highest bidder would win but now when all of those different publishers owned by the same company they basically just agree between each other which one of them is going to make the bed and then they don't need to worry about what the other one's going to because they all know that they're not going to receive a competitive bid from one of the others so it's very bad for author advances. I is that enough for the doj to try and stop this anti monopoly of i. Don't yeah it's a good question. I mean i think from what we've seen recently. It seems like it's definitely more likely than anyone probably would have said like five years ago. I mean he had like the mcgraw hill. S- engagements textbooks but still that was merged that with stopped on antitrust grounds. So i i think this will definitely be scrutinized quite a bit whether or not they consider the consider it a obviously a less competitive market whether the considerate monopolistic is definitely up for debate. The other losers here are going to be. You're gonna have a lot of people are gonna lose their jobs if this goes through about specifically what they said in terms of where you get you know your your synergies is that they're gonna cut a bunch of sales and marketing jobs and they. I've got more importantly they're going to cut a bunch of like weird back in like you know that whole infrastructure of printing and distribution now can be like diedhiou placated which we east coast media types. Don't like to think about like the truck is driving the books around to bookstores. Whatever books a big heavy physical objects which way like a lot of physical. Wait if you add. The mola something like the obama but with seven hundred pages and sold two million copies already. That's a lot of just logistics of moving around the country and those logistics or get centralized and that's a bunch of savings right there and one of the interesting things about the book industry right now is the covid. Pandemic has her book printing clients at exactly the same time as everyone is reading more books especially things like mary trump. and so. There's this incredible crunch all of the publishers who who were meant to be publishing books right now which have been sheduled for months or a year pushing them back because there's just no capacity to print them because you have people like barack obama mary trump just dominating the printing presses so we're gonna have a lot of books really crowding onto the book shelves in the next year or two which have been pushed back. Thanks to cove it. Yeah he also had a lot of books pushback because authors weren't gonna be able to tours and so publishers. Were concerned about that. So they push a big names as well
President Trump pardons Michael Flynn
"Now part of his former aide, Michael Flynn, which is a reward to Flynn for being loyal. Amber Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI way knew that he was having these phone calls it was supposed to be having he got fired after only being in the administration for the 24 days. Something like that. So which is, uh, to Scaramucci is so Flynn is is gone. And then the Miller investigation kicks up and they're like, Oh, well, we got Flynn. I mean, he was lying to us. So then they used him for Basically the kind of leveraged him in order to to bring out more information. And then all of a sudden, the Justice Department said. You know what? Mueller? Let's limit the scope of your of your investigation. You can't follow the breadcrumbs to anything else that might happen, so it just turned into a real You know, just a real mess. You know, Flynn was supposed to be Sentence. The Justice Department said to the judge. We want to drop the charges dropped the charges. He just pled guilty. Yeah, but we don't want to charge him. And the judge said, No, That's not how this works. So how any of this works? And so that was that was being hung up in court, and Trump just came outside. Dad. He's off the hook. I worry about the trump phenomenon. Not because of Michael Flynn mean Michael Flynn will score some gig with some, You know, Trump pissed. He's got too much money in some industries somewhere, whatever. Security consultant. International affairs, blah, blah, blah. I'll get something Worry about the trump the trump phenomenon. We had a gentleman who called us earlier in the show, and he was He was sort of the same mind set is I am And that is It's not Trump It's It's the playbook that Trump is writing, or rather resurrected from past leaders, not American leaders. Here. You've got a charismatic Well known figure. And I mean, he figured if we blew up the world of politics in United States, but he tapped into what is a psyche that we've seen play out historically. That ends up hitting neighbors against neighbors and races against races and it divides the country into the haves and the have nots even further, and he knew this. And he used it to his advantage, and he got rid of anyone that was willing to challenge his power like John Kelly. Like Rex Tillerson, who somehow ended up looking like a good guy by the time that he was done James Mattis, Dan Coats Sally Yates, who I just mentioned selling, it's got fired because she wasn't willing to Theo defend them. The Muslim ban Right? Uh huh. Trump eventually filled his inner circle. With under an unqualified loyalists. He was He was trying different people along the way. John Bolton ons. I make the best hires Bolton. Get him out of your fire That guy because even these people Who Were power hungry enough to take jobs with Trump. Couldn't compromise their own morals so much that they followed him. He finally is able wrapped himself up in people like Manoogian. Who are Willing to do whatever it takes. To do whatever he wants. And then he wouldn't play golf. The president's schedule was
What do we know about Joe Bidens cabinet?
"Us president donald trump was never going to react to losing the two thousand and twenty election gracefully us. President donald trump has never reacted to anything gracefully as we go to air trump continues to insist that he's crack. Legal team are going to unveil conclusive evidence of monstrous voter fraud any day. Now although on current form trump's personal attorney rudolph giuliani clearly. Clearly voter fraud easily. Provable seems just as likely to unveil the heron he has appointed his deputy however earlier this week trump or whoever priced his sweaty phone from his. Tony hands grudgingly tweeted that the us general services administration the body which oversees presidential transitions should do what needs to be done. This will make life somewhat. Easier for president elect joe biden. Who will now have access to government funding office space senior officials and intelligence briefings among other things. It also means that he can name his cabinet with increasing confidence. Very possibly because president-elect biden has wanted to emphasize legitimacy in the face of the incumbents ongoing tantrum vis-a-vis the election results. We've learned a lot quite early about the administration. He intends to lead from january twentieth. Is a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure. It's a team that reflects the fact that america is back ready to lead the world not retreat from it once again. Sit at the head of the table. We will come presently to who. And what is in biden's cabinet but at least as significant things being as they recently have been is who and what is not biden has not at least as of this broadcast awarded any government position to any obvious crooks crepes clowns ding bats. Yahoos griffis spivs cracks. He's own ghastly children or they idiot husbands but wild president-elect biden does have the advantage of a low bar to climb over. It doesn't mean that he's choices are excused scrutiny especially those pertaining to foreign policy on the grounds that. Us foreign policy often has a way of becoming of the people's domestic reality president. Trump's first secretary of state was to put it charitably unorthodox unorthodox choice. I'm not here to represent the united states government's interest. I'm not here to to did norm. Norma here to criticize it. That's that's not what i do. I'm businessman. Rex tillerson a career oil. Baron wants personally awarded. Russia's order a friendship medal by president vladimir putin president-elect to biden could scarcely have made a moral docs pick as america's top diplomat. And that's where the men and women of the state department foreign service officers civil service. That's where they come in. I've witnessed their passion their energy their courage up close. Antony blinken is a career foreign policy. Boffin who served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the presidency of barack obama with national security advisor trump also tried to be a bit left field. He named lieutenant. General mcmaster a serving soldier and actually not a ridiculous choice. Mcmaster is a smart serious and sensible man and all of those reasons fell out with trump. who replaced him with incorrigible. Neo-con head banger. John bolton who only looksmart serious and sensible when standing next to donald trump but this arrangement proved unworkable. Good to everyone. I'm paul affairs. We are coming on the air right now with our breaking news just moments ago. President trump tweeting that he has asked his national security adviser. John bolton to resign. Joe biden has named jake sullivan. I pledge to you. And to the american people that i will work relentlessly in service of the mission you have given us to keep our country and our people safe to advance our national interests and to defend our values who was the president-elect's national security adviser when the president-elect was vice president he also helped negotiate the nuclear deal with iran from which trump famously flounced trump's first. Us ambassador to the united nations was not a completely absurd choice former south carolina governor nikki. Haley he's second ambassador to the. Un was a completely absurd choice. Prodigious republican donut kelly craft. It could actually have been worse. Trump wanted to appoint his daughter. Ivanka but griped that he would be accused of nepotism. I've heard i've already vodka. I've heard how good woody vodka the people that know. There's nothing to do with nepotism. But i want to tell you the people that know no that evacuate would be dynamite about You know then. Be accused of nepotism if you can believe it right. This was accurate in as much as demanding money from bank tellers. Gunpoint can lead one to be accused of armed robbery. I want to say to you. America is back. multi-lateralism is back. Diplomacy is back.
Trump seems to acknowledge Biden win, but he won't concede
"President Donald Trump appears to be acknowledging for the first time that Joe Biden won the presidential election trump did not use Biden's name but says he won at the same time making clear he's not conceding and we'll keep trying to overturn the election result the Sunday morning tweets included several baseless claims about the November third vote calling it rigged and only a victory for Biden in the eyes of the media however state and federal officials say the election want safe and secure on ABC's this week trump's former national security adviser John Bolton called on Republicans to speak up if the Republican voters are only hearing Donald trump's misrepresentations it's not surprising that they believe it is critical for other Republican leaders just to stand up and explain what actually happened Ben Thomas Washington
Republican resistance to Biden victory starts to crack
"Or publicly coming out to urge the president to accept the election. Results of 2020 Karl Rove took out an outfit in the Wall Street Journal to say Trump can't win and should concede John Bolton with a similar piece in the Washington Post, accusing the president of trashing The U. S electoral system. Republican Senator James Lankford He's from Oklahoma says he will intervene by tomorrow if the Trump administration does not give Joe Biden access to presidential daily intelligence briefings, calling this a matter of national security. It's also one of the first rights given to a president elect after winning. 1 38. We'll have that
"john bolton" Discussed on Pod Save the World
"But it would be pretty remarkable of Bolton. Skip the impeachment hearings to write this book. And then he loses all the revenue from it or has even worse legal issues. Yeah I. Mean I think it's. Well to your point about Ukraine. He basically says it was a quid pro quo. Basically says. It's so many words and you know that the again. The Republican defense was always. We don't have a firsthand account. Somebody saying that. Again, that matters because. They were making disingenuous arguments. It's it's striking to me. How many things across the board? So many people are willing to say things that they know to be bullshit basically just to get through something instead of having a legitimate debate. I think the book what's more likely than things at Bolton doesn't doesn't actually see any of the proceeds from this book. Where the government can do this happened by the way to previous books, they can basically block Bolton from profiting off it, which is great. But I think it's damaging because John. Bolton is a known commodity to trump voters. He's been on Fox News for years. And it's one thing for you and I to say you know it's horrible. That trump didn't speak out about the concentration camps. He asked China for helping reelection. He doesn't know what he's doing an online, but when John Bolton says that I. I think people will listen to him in a way that you know. They don't listen to us if they're trump voters and that's something that's not going to go away before the election and I think that matters yeah I totally agree I. Still Think people don't need to buy this book. They can read about it. You know if you want to buy book. Friend of the pod Masha. GESSEN's book surviving autocracy out now. Upped Book Yeah Yeah. It's a plug, but it's in stride because. It's more APPS takedown than yeah. Jumbled NHS depicting the autocracy don't by John Bolton's book. He's an Asshole, but I agree. I! I've seen lots of data that suggests that swing voters are more moved by. Conservative figures or conservative outlet, so you'll see him featured in a lot of ads. Let's talk about some other stuff, so we've been understandably focused on the coronavirus. The election like protests but some very real and scary things are happening when it comes to climate change so over the weekend. A town in Siberia is north of the Arctic Circle. Really.
"john bolton" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
"Actually I'm disappointed in these kind of I think the honorable course. If you've done something like that is to resign, not to SORTA HEAP, blame on your boss, and so forth I mean if he resigned at have a lot more respect for him. That's what Jim Mattis did originally you know when he resigned? I had a mess respect because he basically said. I don't agree with the president of the United States. The president has a right to have a defense secretary. The sports is policy and I'm submitting my resignation. This kind of smacks of trying to You know advance yourself by diminishing someone else and you know I could see maybe discount discomfited by, but did it again. I leaves a bad taste in my mouth when military leaders behave like this. In a second news in similar vein this week is that John Bolton's book? John Bolton, the former advisor to president trump his book. The room where it happened now has a publication date. It'll be coming out on June twenty third. A report by axios says that it will include direct quotes by the President and senior officials. And then there's a very interesting news release about it from the publisher Simon and Schuster. Publisher says that bold will argue that the house committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine. When trump's Ukraine like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy unquote. Kim. It's really hard to know what to make of that. Until the book drops without seeing details of what Bolton is saying But what do you make of this so for? Well what I make of it up until now. Is that someone who has also written books one of your biggest jobs right before they come out is to get a lot of people excited about them. And get them to to preorder and and and get some sales, so an element of this in terms of the press releases UC putting out and and select quotes from the book. This is about giving up some enthusiasm. We will see what the book actually says especially in a wider context. But overall everyone is understood for a long time that this book was coming and I think this falls into the category as we've talked about often on this podcast, and in the pages of the editorial board. Is You know it's what happens when you end up leaving on bad terms with people who leave the administration and this is of a serious problem for Donald Trump who you know. You. You want folks who have left to. Whatever the disagreements to go kind of quietly, and and and not do go down the tell all Book Road but trump makes that very hard when he has these public breakup with folks so. We'll see what John Bolton has to say. And if there's any positive news in the book either but we won't know until publication date. But Bill, what are you? What do you think about the president that is being set here? I mean on one hand. Democrats in Congress were investigating working to impeach the president, and so they're probably thinking to themselves well..
"john bolton" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Going all in on on destroying John Bolton because guess what I'd I'd literally don't know because we have not heard from John bold referred from The New York Times and I'm not going to trust the New York times nor should you but now all thanks to this video that was on earth and it's only from a few months ago we can hear from John Bolton John Bolton is a smart man a very smart man John Bolton as national security adviser doing a television appearance on Ukrainian television talking about the relationship between president trump presence Lansky if he had concerns if he had grave grave concerns about about wrongdoing about corruption about shenanigans about quid pro quos about about the president bribing Zielinski to dig up dirt on his political opponents if if that was all going on in the background listen say what you will about John Bolton he is smart enough and has been around politics long enough to be able to speak about this relationship between these two men in such a way that I let me pause for a moment I want to play the audience you can hear it and then I will finish my thought because he got here at first but but when you hear John Bolton I just want you to think in your back does this sound like a man who has these grave grave concerns about this corruption this criminal behavior between president trump of presence Lansky that apparently were told took place during this phone call between the two you ask yourself that is your jumble I will be meeting presents a Lansky he and president trump of already spoken twice president called to congratulate presence Lansky on his election and then on his success in the parliamentary election they were very warm and cordial calls we're hoping that they'll be able to meet in Warsaw and have a few minutes together because the success of Ukraine of maintaining its freedom its system of representative government a free market economy free of corruption and dealing with the problems of the Donbass in the Crimea are high priorities here obviously but high priorities for the United States as well now he is smart enough man to know that if he has grave concerns about about what went on in that phone call that it may be corrupt that it may be criminal that it may lead to the downfall of the presidency he can answer this question without all of the glowing warmth that he put in there he doesn't even have to refer to the phone calls thank you for a phone call is a problem why would John Bolton even refer to phone call he can talk to you craning television without saying and by the way the president said they had a really warm and cordial phone call why would he talk about the concern about cleaning up corruption in Ukraine if that was an appropriate if it was inappropriate for Donald Trump to express the president's Lynskey that they've got to clean up corruption it was inappropriate later for president trump to put a temporary hold on American tax dollars going to a known corrupt country until they actually demonstrated they were fixing corruption if that was a problem if John Bolton didn't like that and think it was corrupting criminal why would John Bolton in this answer specifically referred to the fact the Ukraine has to clean up their corruption here's the thing jumbo was a smart man and say what you will about him he has been one thing in this town he is a survivor he has made it through multiple administrations and the slings and arrows that go along with it if if the phone call was a problem and demanding the Ukraine cracks down on corruption is a problem John Bolton smart enough to not mention those two very things in this interview but he dies he voluntarily brings those things up and speaks in glowing terms now back to my Mitt Romney question Mitt Romney line to was that is the lions who was now was John Bolton lying then is he lying now well actually we don't even know what John Bolton saying because he hasn't said a thing your tribe is interpreted it for us all and we're not supposed to stop everything just like you're supposed to stop the Cavanaugh hearings because the New York Times or The Washington Post has an anonymously sourced story there is a game changer that's not evidence that's politics that's corruption a little bit more I'm play free again you got here jumbled again and again at the end the question is if the call was a problem if if if asking you create a crackdown on corruption is a problem why at birth with John Bolton voluntarily bring those two issues up on your gradient television and and speak glowingly about god he must have known that this will come back to bite him if it was a problem and here it is I guess what it's coming back to bite let's check in with that Rodriguez and hit the carpet cleaning traffic.
"john bolton" Discussed on KNST AM 790
"Who is John Bolton mass has it's it's it's like an octopus so let me just cut it off arm after arm first arm that has to go you want John Bolton to testify if John Bolton has something to say yes I want him to testify but I also want the whistle blower I also want hunter Biden hunter Biden if you have watched any of our specials I don't care what the press says they're lying to you and so is Adam Schiff this is not a conspiracy theory this is this is about one point eight billion dollars that was just lost and it was fine by the state department by Joe Biden they did everything they could to cover it next Thursday I have the final piece we're going to do one more special on Ukraine and it's the final piece and I went over it last night we're still trying up some loose ends on it we want to make sure we get it exactly right but it it will tell you exactly why all of this needs to be investigated so do I wanna hear from John Bolton if he has something important to say yes the whistle blower yes Biden hunter Biden absolutely yes do we need to open this thing up and just keep going and going and going no why because the Democrats are on a fishing expedition now let me give you two sides of this one I wanted because I actually want the truth but I also want that testimony so no one can say afterwards what day did you run check we had the windows so it's surgery was going to say that at night he takes some mask off and he's actually got terrible I want all of that laid to rest go ahead give it your best they already have but now they see another opportunity the timing on this which I will get to it's another leg of the octopus which I will slay here in a second the timing is more than suspicious however let him testify leads lance this boil and really expose what the Democrats have been doing and if he has something that is impeachable bring it on so far everybody that's been promising he's got something in people so far nothing nothing in three years nothing so I'm not afraid of the truth yeah on the other hand you have to look at this as the president of the United States you have to look at this as a court case now the problem is this is a political case not a court case in a court case when you win shot up if you win no I'm not bringing in a new evidence new witnesses if I have a say so now they're only doing this because we just one I don't know what they have I don't know what this is no but this is political and that's why I say yes you have to if this was just a legal thing I'd say no but I don't think and I don't think honestly the president has anything to worry about I don't think the John Bolton what I've read so far from the release of the book which is another leg of the octopus which I will cut off next anything that he has said doesn't seem to be need to be a problem like everything you know Schiff was like this water it's sad right there I I I did get to give you money if you will just give me a bunch of bad stuff I'm Joe Biden remember that's almost what he said when he was in Congress any first talked about the whistle blower didn't turn out that way did it so I'm not really concerned about what the Democrats think they have this time fool me once shame on me for me what eight hundred and seventy five times I am a Rube now John Bolton.
"john bolton" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Trying to explain the John Bolton situation to you and what you're feeling and and why it's causing you and others on both sides to react the way they are is because of a a for like an octopus or a US I could have probably look for something else that would have been better than an octopus but a force of four tentacled octopus quite oppose and and what you're feeling right now when you see John Bolton come out he's got a new book and has been leaked and now Romney is saying we should have that should he testify should be not first tentacle that is wrapped around you squeezing you right now is this this sense of secret information and secret combinations and and and a secret club on on all sides that it's being withheld and then there's the next shoe to drop you don't want it because we're in an abusive relationship right now every time something happens cheese and then you wait for the next shoe to drop and then it's really bad and then there's another shoe to drop you don't want any more shoes to drop because you're afraid of getting hit again over and over and over again and the and the blows are just getting worse and worse and worse so that's the first thing that you're feeling there's there's something that I can't control and I don't know who these people are but I know what I know I am feeling this second the progressive world view on both the left and the right it's the elites on both Republican and democratic side that they believe that they have a right to rule your life and to tell the rest of the world how to behave and if it's doing it either through me Congress in the state department or is doing through the state department and the U. N. it doesn't matter the third thing and I spoke about the book world and how that works the third thing that you have to understand why this is making such an impact on people is because of greed and desperation you're watching a dying and contracting industry the book world and you're also seeing at the same time a a society that is growing more and more hungry for money and celebrity away to be relevant and and and and have some legacy the last leg on this thing is what's squeezing us every day is the lack of honesty and integrity and transparency decency and this is the one that I really wanted to start with but I knew I'd blow my stack and so I didn't because I know John Bolton and I've always thought him to be an honorable guy but I am so sick and tired of people who are who are withholding information so you'll buy their book if you have something to say can you think of anything that is more important to our Republic then being able to honestly honestly come to the conclusion that this happened this didn't happen can you think of anything that would be more healing and can you think of anything that would be more divisive than just more here say if John Bolton had something to say that he thought was impeachable now remember we're being played so you'll buy a book so I can't I can't running through for this but if he had something that he felt was impeachable he should have step two and a microphone that would have been provided for anybody and said look I need to testify because I know something that no one else knows any should demand to be heard and not for a price our country is at stake our civilization our believe in our system in Congress and the White House and the president in the entire thing is at stake and when I saw John Bolton write a book where he apparently had something to say but I don't know I I've read the excerpts I don't see the problem here but all it's doing is adding to the chaos and anything that adds to the chaos is a bad day John Bolton and everyone else if you have the information and you have some is say don't take a book deal don't take a book deal you can take a book deal after but I know it's really hard when somebody comes to you and says just wait wait save those things for the book and will pay a five million dollars don't do it these are the times that try men's souls we don't need the sunshine patriots we need the winter soldiers the ones who in the day in the deepest darkest day of winter they still remember why they're doing it and they're doing it for America they do it because they love their country your country is at stake step to a microphone and say it enough of this I'm disgusted by the people who are selling us out for a book I'm disgusted by it you know our soldiers they come back I have no problem with them coming back in writing a book because they're writing about the best of us they're writing things that none of us have seen most of us could never do we aspire to be more like them there's a turnstile in Washington it's honestly is just a book deal or a speaking tour at the end it's just a member of a a position on a board that's all it is you only do that so you can leave their write a book be on a board and then be a lobbyist for some company who is serving our country anymore and servants don't start with me I'm in public service no you're not no you're not congressman make what a hundred and eighty thousand dollars a year the average American makes about fifty four thousand dollars a year it seems like one is the master and one is the servant seems like we ask for things to be done and then you tell us why it can't I'm tired of being treated like a child I'm Trier of being treated like a slave this is not America this is not what our founders had in common this is not what they were fighting for this now what they wrote down the octopus itself is just a seat that's all it is just deceit the first tentacle should he testify yes why because I want the truth and I want to cross examination I want both sides to be heard the deceit of the second tentacle progressivism we have the right to tell you she pours don lemon said you rubes what to do you're too stupid to sway that cut that tentacle law firm around you you're smart enough the third greed greed celebrity cut that tentacle before it gets around your children too deeply if they if they spend their whole life looking for relevance they will make bad decision after bad decision after bad decision they must spend their life looking for truth and the last one is anything this trying to squeeze around us and choke the life out of honesty and integrity and transparency we are a nation that is still looking for hoping change but it didn't come from the guy who promised it it didn't come from anybody else and it's come from the you know I am a preacher once said to me in a room full of preachers ed every bed every big creatures that Graham was in this room and I and I told them what I was feeling and one I spent about twenty minutes and one of them at the end the room was dead silent and one of them said you know what shame on us shame on us we've all heard this we all know it and god I think you meant this maybe didn't mean this is a complex I don't know how he meant this but be said and god went to an alcoholic Mormon shame on us well the same thing can be true god takes Donald Trump the most in perfect the guy a guy who is quite honestly I don't know if you would know god if he bumped into god but he is using this haphazard flawed the guy to open the doors and the window and you know why because no one else was around to do it we all heard it how many people did we send to Washington and they all folded no one was willing to do it so this guy who maybe because of his ego I don't know why has shots the balls of steel and he'll just go I don't really care about you Hey man without proof there is no hope and that's why they need you to say that a man can be pregnant because if you'll denies that if you'll deny what science teaches you you'll deny anything gap gap yep he's driving she now is a beautiful woman and I think she could have her period and have a baby no old he can't sway the monster that is what I think is really going on and what's causing us to feel so much passion about John Bolton welcome to the welcome to the program we we really want to think net sweet for being one of our sponsors and I I buy a actually I'm really excited to tell you about a net suites by oracle the reason why is because I'm a small businessman myself and I have to tell you we struggled and struggled and struggled and I was in the meetings where we were struggling and I'd say well what but what is sales doing well how much is in receivables we'll wait what kind of product do we have do we what are we projecting what is H. are saying and I had no central dashboard and it is impossible in today's world to know because you have the internet you're selling things on the internet you're selling things maybe in your store you're doing all kinds of different things you don't know if your advertising is working and if it's working is at the radio thing is that the social media is that both of them one act help me that's what oracle is done with the next week if you don't know your numbers you don't know your business know your business and succeed grow when net sweet try now schedule your your.
"john bolton" Discussed on 600 WREC
"Trying to explain the John Bolton situation to you and what you're feeling and and why it's causing you and others on both sides to react the way they are is because of a a four legged octopus or a US I could have probably look for something else that would have been better than an octopus but a fourth of four tentacled octopus quite oppose and and what you're feeling right now when you see John Bolton come out he's got a new book and it's been leaked and now Romney is saying we should have that should he testify should be not first tentacle that is wrapped around you squeezing you right now is this this sense of secret information and secret combinations and and and a secret club on on all sides that it's being withheld and then there's the next shoe to drop you don't want it because we're in an abusive relationship right now every time something happens cheese and then you wait for the next shoe to drop and then it's really bad and then there's another shoe to drop you don't want any more shoes to drop because you're afraid of getting hit again over and over and over again and the and the blows are just getting worse and worse and worse so that's the first thing that you're feeling there's there's something that I can't control and I don't know who these people are but I know what I know I am feeling this second the progressive world view on both the left and the right it's the elites on both Republican and democratic side that they believe that they have a right to rule your life and to tell the rest of the world how to behave and if it's doing it either through me Congress in the state department or is doing through the state department and the U. N. it doesn't matter the third thing and I spoke about the book world and how that works the third thing that you have to understand why this is making such an impact on people is because of greed and desperation you're watching a dying and contracting industry the book world and you were also seeing at the same time a a society that is growing more and more hungry for money and celebrity the away to be relevant and and and and have some legacy the last leg on this thing is what's squeezing us every day is the lack of honesty and integrity and transparency decency and this is the one that I really wanted to start with but I knew I'd blow my stack and so I didn't because I know John Bolton and I've always thought him to be an honorable guy but I am so sick and tired of people who are who are withholding information so you'll buy their book if you have something to say can you think of anything that is more important to our Republic then being able to honestly honestly come to the conclusion this happened this didn't happen can you think of anything that would be more healing and can you think of anything that would be more divisive than just more here say if John Bolton had something to say that he thought was impeachable now remember we're being played so you'll buy a book so I can't I can't running through for this but if he had something that he felt was impeachable he should have step two and a microphone that would have been provided for anybody and said look I need to testify because I know something that no one else knows any should demand to be heard and not for a price our country is at stake our civilization our believe in our system in Congress and the White House and the president in the entire thing is at stake and when I saw John Bolton write a book where he apparently had something to say then I don't know I've read the excerpts I don't see the problem here but all it's doing is adding to the chaos and anything that adds to the chaos is a bad day John Bolton and everyone else if you have the information and you have some is say don't take a book deal don't take a book deal you can take a book deal after but I know it's really hard when somebody comes to you and says just wait wait save those things for the book and will pay a five million dollars don't do it these are the times that try men's souls we don't need the sunshine patriots we need the winter soldiers the ones who in that be in the deepest darkest day of winter they still remember why they're doing it and they're doing it for America they do it because they love their country your country is at stake step to a microphone and say it enough of this I'm disgusted by the people who are selling us out for a book I'm disgusted by it you know our soldiers they come back I have no problem with them coming back in writing a book because they're writing about the best of us they're writing things that none of us have seen most of us could never do we aspire to be more like them there's a turn to style in Washington it's honestly it's just a book deal or a speaking tour at the end it's just a member of a a position on a board that's all it is you only do that so you can leave their write a book be on a board and then be a lobbyist for some company who's serving our country anymore and servants don't start with me I'm in public service no you're not no you're not congressman make what a hundred and eighty thousand dollars a year the average American makes about fifty four thousand dollars a year it seems like one is the master and one is the servant seems like we ask for things to be done and then you tell us why it can't I'm tired of being treated like a child I'm tried of being treated like a slave this is not America this is not what our founders had in common this is not what they were fighting for this now what they wrote down the octopus itself is just a seat that's all it is it's just deceit the first tentacle should he testify yes why because I want the truth and I want to cross examination I want both sides to be heard the deceit of the second tentacle progressivism we have the right to tell you she pours don lemon said you rubes what to do you're too stupid to sway that cut that tentacle law firm around you you're smart enough the third greed greed celebrity cut that tentacle before it gets around your children too deeply if they if they spend their whole life looking for relevance they will make bad decision after bad decision after bad decision they must spend their life looking for truth and the last one is anything this trying to squeeze around us and choke the life out of honesty and integrity and transparency we are a nation that is still looking for hope and change but it didn't come from the guy who promised it it didn't come from anybody else and it's come from the you know I am a preacher once said to me in a room full of preachers ed every bed every big creatures that Graham was in this room and I and I told them what I was feeling and one I spent about twenty minutes and one of them at the end the room was dead silent and one of them said you know what shame on us shame on us we've all heard this we all know it and god I think you meant this maybe didn't mean this is a complex I don't know how he meant this but be said and god went to an alcoholic Mormon shame on us well the same thing can be true god takes Donald Trump the most in perfect the guy a guy who is quite honestly I don't know if he would know god if he bumped into god but he is using this haphazard log the guy to open the doors and the window and you know why because no one else was around to do it we all heard it how many people did we send to Washington and they all folded no one was willing to do it so this guy who maybe because of his ego I don't know why has shots the balls of steel and he'll just go I don't really care about you Hey man without truth there is no hope and that's why they need you to say that a man can be pregnant because if you'll deny that if you'll deny what science teaches you you'll deny anything gap gap yep he's driving she now is a beautiful woman and I think she could have her period and have a baby no old he can't sway the monster that is what I think is really going on and what's causing us to feel so much passion about John Bolton welcome to the welcome to the program we we really want to thank next week for being one of our sponsors and I I I actually I'm really excited to tell you about a net suites by oracle the reason why is because I'm a small businessman myself and I have to tell you we struggled and struggled and struggled and I was in the meetings where we were struggling and I'd say well what but what is sales doing well how much is in receivables we'll wait what kind of product do we have do we what are we projecting what is H. are saying and I had no central dashboard and it is impossible in today's world to know because you have the internet you're selling things on the internet you're selling things maybe in your store you're doing all kinds of different things you don't know if your advertising is working and if it's working is it the radio thing is of the social media is it both of them whacked helped me that's what oracle is done with the net sweet if you don't know your numbers you don't know your business know your business and succeed Grohl win net sweet try now schedule your your first demo.
"john bolton" Discussed on WTVN
"Trying to explain the John Bolton situation to you and what you're feeling and and why it's causing you and others on both sides to react the way they are is because of a a for like an octopus or a what the plus I could have probably look for something else that would have been better than an octopus but a for the health for tentacled octopus quite oppose and and what you're feeling right now when you see John Bolton come out he's got a new book and it's been leaked and now Romney is saying we should have that should he testify should be not first tentacle that is wrapped around you squeezing you right now is this this sense of secret information and secret combinations and and and the secret club on on all sides that it's being withheld and then there's the next shoe to drop you don't want it because we're in an abusive relationship right now every time something happens cheese and then you wait for the next shoe to drop and then it's really bad and then there's another shoe to drop you don't want any more shoes to drop because you're afraid of getting hit again over and over and over again and the and the blows are just getting worse and worse and worse so that's the first thing that you're feeling there's there's something that I can't control and I don't know who these people are but I know what I know I am feeling this second the progressive world view on both the left and the right it's the elites on both Republican and democratic side that they believe that they have a right to rule your life and to tell the rest of the world how to behave and if it's doing it either through me Congress in the state department or is doing through the state department and the U. N. it doesn't matter the third thing and I spoke about the book world and how that works the third thing you have to understand why this is making such an impact on people is because of greed and desperation you're watching a dying and contracting industry the book world and you're also seeing at the same time a a society that is growing more and more hungry for money and celebrity away to be relevant and and and and have some legacy the last leg on this thing is what's squeezing us every day is the lack of honesty and integrity and transparency decency and this is the one that I really wanted to start with but I knew I'd blow my stack and so I didn't because I know John Bolton and I've always thought him to be an honorable guy but I am so sick and tired of people who are who are withholding information so you'll buy their book if you have something to say can you think of anything that is more important to our Republic then being able to honestly honestly come to the conclusion this happened this didn't happen can you think of anything that would be more healing and can you think of anything that would be more divisive than just more here say if John Bolton had something to say that he thought was impeachable now remember we're being played so you'll buy a book so I can't I can't running through for this but if he had something that he felt was impeachable he should have step two and a microphone that would have been provided for anybody and said look I need to testify because I know something that no one else knows any should demand to be heard and not for a price our country is at stake our civilization our believe in our system in Congress and the White House and the president in the entire thing is at stake and when I saw John Bolton write a book where he apparently had something to say then I don't know I've read the excerpts I don't see the problem here but all it's doing is adding to the chaos and anything that adds to the chaos is a bad day John Bolton and everyone else if you have the information and you have some is say don't take a book deal don't take a book deal you can take a book deal after but I know it's really hard when somebody comes in and says just wait wait save those things for the book and will pay a five million dollars don't do it these are the times that try men's souls we don't need the sunshine patriots we need the winter soldiers the ones who in that be in the deepest darkest day of winter they still remember why they're doing it and they're doing it for America they do it because they love their country your country is at stake step to a microphone and say it enough of this I'm disgusted by the people who are selling us out for a book I'm disgusted by it you know our soldiers they come back I have no problem with them coming back in writing a book because they're writing about the best of us they're writing things that none of us have seen most of us could never do we aspire to be more like them there's a turnstile in Washington it's honestly it's just a book deal or a speaking tour at the end it's just a member of a a position on a board that's all it is you only do that so you can leave their write a book be on a board and then be a lobbyist for some company who's serving our country anymore and servants don't start with me I'm in public service no you're not no you're not congressman make what a hundred and eighty thousand dollars a year the average American.
"john bolton" Discussed on KTRH
"More inclined I am to start believing my own conspiracy theories that I've been thinking a lot about this whole John Bolton thing it the timing is pretty clear they want John Bolton to be called as a witness in a set up so that he probably will but is he being called look let's assume he is called as a witness for the sake of argument here if that happens then does it become necessary for the president to testify it is so is this part of the house managers position of trying to get president trump to say something that he could later be accused of lying about and therefore face a mother potential beach but charges on the road it's just the way my mind's working right now they're just trying to keep the Democrats on edge because they were there hoping to flip the Senate let's go and check all this out with political scientist Alan Sachs what Sir well they do want to flip the Senate there's no doubt about that but I think if John Bolton is called but he said he will testify if he gets a subpoena and then we're going to hear from hunter Biden where is hunter and then the probably maybe even Joe Biden as well and once you open up that box it could be a long time for witnesses so they have to be very careful of they call one they may eventually call a hundred I was going through another conspiracy theory passed to them because supposedly Hillary is commenting that she's getting the urge to run again sore the trying to set up a rematch here wanted to run she was in kindergarten and day I think she really will a that's that's my conspiracy theory if it's a brokered convention and it very well may be may be among the Democrats because all of them are getting jammed together really maybe Bernie Sanders will break out in Iowa and it's going to be next week I understand so we'll have a little bit of the other but I would have a better view but it's possible alleged during your somebody else breaks out into may not happen the rest of a really jump to jam together with only about a percentage point or two separate all seven or eight of them with maybe one or two exceptions but that is possible at the end the convention will call on Hillary to save the Democratic Party wouldn't that be interesting another match up between Hillary and Donald that would be a great event I I got to the goal there but if the possibility ties at the Senate Senate will be able to do anything they won't be able to handle judge appointments they will be able to keep doing the president's work and will be getting more TV time he's going to make a run for the Senate himself they will ultimately be able to flip to senator this goes this way really there's more to it than just a presidential election or the impeachment you're actually right is it is about the Senate the Republicans have to hold the Senate or else del that they'll be in bad shape that day day then or try to hold it Mitch McConnell decrease my man I'm sure he knows what's going on and does so there's lots happening here Jeff aside from just the impeachment issue I hope the people understand that there's more to this than meets the eye so to speak we'll talk a little bit about Mitt Romney and Susan Collins and did this group of for the for usual suspects here they could force this whole thing and witnesses it Robbie sing again yesterday deadly if he would like to hear from John Bolton what is that tells about what's likely to happen next that could very well happen the card is up for reelection in Maine I understand she's always been on that proverbial fence on all kinds of issues on the catalog issue on the Supreme Court you she came through for the Republicans have made a very good speech but this time I don't know maybe she wants attention for his look over shoulder the election in Maine Mitt Romney is a little bit more crappy difficult to understand it could be just a grudges he just has grudges against Donald Trump because Donald Trump did not appointment secretary of state or something like that that could very well be may be the case I've always believed that many times politics is not just about major issues it's about grievances and personalities and there it could be one Mitt Romney did not run the greatest day campaign against president Obama last time I think he could've won but he just didn't do it I remember in in the debate I kept watching it with a with a woman friend I can't say it why does indeed rob me bring this up and I forgot what it was I wanted to bring up and he didn't do it it is a story that just broke and he wouldn't do it and so there is a conspiracy theory why didn't the governor Romney former governor of Massachusetts why didn't you bring up some issues that he could have and I think he may have won when the election they didn't want to do it so yes and grievances I think with that god Donald Trump and maybe some others as well sorry Sir thank you for joining us appreciate it that is local site is down sacks your newsradio seven forty K. 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"john bolton" Discussed on Pantsuit Politics
"His little twitter teases because he has been so much more interested in garnering media attention for his post White House career career than anything else however when John Bolton says something that corroborates a long string of testimony from others and all the documentary evidence that we've seen so far I'm inclined to take it seriously and and I do want to be fair to John Bolton because Sarah and talked about this when he left the White House House you know you need someone in the room. WHO's willing to say Kim Jong is not your friend? The room where it happens is that the one that is an oval on his cover behind. If you've noticed it is good to have someone with that very hawkish very skeptical of diplomatic Pressures kind of position. It should be the dispositive voice in the Ram in my view but I do think there was value in John Bolton being there. I don't mean to say that John Bolton is not credible under any circumstances I yeah I do think the way he has handled himself since he left. The White House has been. Can we talk Attleboro. Let's talk about the fact that the trump administration's Approach to Ukraine was so upsetting to the regular diplomatic approach that Mr War Hawk himself stepped in and said hey like that's not how we do things I mean John. Bolton's reputation was disruptive. He didn't like that that we thought we were overly diplomatic basically everywhere so what does it tell you that. It got so bad in the diplomatic relationships between the United States and Russia and Ukraine that Mr Warlock himself was like what was pump. The brakes guys. I don't know I think that's ideologically consistent. Because the hawkish position was give them this defense funding Let's even this defense spending funding to combat Russian aggression. So I think it makes sense. The John Bolton would have been that voice in this room for John Bolton to be so critical of the president's motivation I think is is the key here so before the story broke. What you heard everywhere is probably not going to get this for Republican votes witnesses by not going to get them and there's I slightly more optimism this morning? We're recording on Monday. I think the ball game is going to be the Republican caucus lunch. It's happening today on Monday. So we'll update on the nightly nuance N. on Instagram and Sarah's news brief as we learn more about what happens there I think the situation with witnesses stated plainly is people. Don't want witnesses. This is because then the floodgates open if you have John Bolton there's no way he sits in the chair under oath and doesn't necessitate testimony from lots of other senior trump trump administration officials. And so. Where does that end? And that's why I think Senator Braun and others are circling around to just not. It just doesn't matter. We'll just concede concede all the facts. But we're still not going to do this. So what's the point of any of the exercise. And I think that's really though the only place to be if you are Republican who doesn't want to vote for removal all here Can I say one thing about this before we move on. I have very strong feelings about all these process arguments because I'm a process girl. I love process and I do think things should be done. According to a specific plan one and this is a point that I probably make too often. There is not the kind of process for how an impeachment inquiry and trial gets conducted. That is so well established in our country that the Democrats have deviated so sharply that we should just toss the whole thing. It's something we do every other month so ridiculous. The other thing is when you talk about due process which they love to talk about. The president hasn't had due process here. Due process applies when someone's life liberty or property is at stake. The presidency of the United States is not Donald Trump's life his liberty or his property. He's not entitled to continue to serve in this office if he has done something so egregious that he hot not and we as voters are not entitled to have our candidates. Serve in office if they've done something so egregious that they ought not and I just think it's is important for us to like take a breath and take a step back because it's easy to lean into that. Oh maybe it has been unfair. Maybe it went too quickly. Maybe they should have fought for subpoenas says in court okay. Maybe they should have prudentially but none of that is the standard online here. Well and what else bothered me about. Donald Trump's reaction into this revelation from John Bolton was the no he went on a little tweet storm. Will he just wants to sell books. And I thought you know what's so fascinating to me is. There's always a reason from you that someone else's lying always always. There's a reason that someone else's line but we are never ever supposed to assume that your award line and we're always supposed to trust you and take you at your word but never anybody else. Isn't that so convenient. well as convenient in the way that people taking grave offence at comments from chairmanship and chairman now being that Pearl clutching. I could the hypocrisy of it is really difficult and look do I desire for the Senate to be the chamber where we never hear things like head on a pike. Yes I do. I am the ultimate in pro clutching and I will own that. I wish to always be a pro culture but at at the same time you have to think about why you're there and whose conduct you're there to assess. Yeah and all the reporting around this I'm afraid is turning this into more of a referendum on how the house impeachment managers are agents conduct while I mean because the the burden of proof is on them. Some of that is fair. The burden of proof is on on the house managers. But the idea that you're going to get so upset because Adam Schiff is incendiary while we live in trump's America. I don't think so friends will. Let's extend some good thoughts into the universe before we onto the twenty twenty primary which will have some. That's an interesting time. Elections are the best of times and worse times as saying but we want to acknowledge two losses over the last week The loss of I've legendary political reporter Jim Lehrer Who wrote a book that I cannot recommend enough especially right now as we're in the midst of an endless sea of debates eight called tension city about the history of debates in the United States and some of the most interesting things that have happened in debates and also the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant his daughter and seven other people in a helicopter crash including two other young girls? You know I got in a conversation with my husband. Last night about Kobe. Bryant Kobe Bryant was was definitely without a doubt objectively a legendary basketball player he had five championships. He scored eighty one points. AINTS in one game my favorite stat though is that he also had the most missed shots because he was just shooting all the time he had a reputation for being sort of selfish on the court very aggressive very competitive edited and he's a complicated history. He was accused of sexual assault. Settled that civilly out of court but then also had for daughters pursued. Women's sports coached women's sports. That's that's where they were on a travel team. They were going to a travel team for his daughter and the two young women on the helicopter and I told my husband. I said you know we don't we do this. Every time someone someone famous and someone famously complicated is especially because he was so young only forty one years old I mean. His youngest daughter wasn't even a isn't even a year old and and I think it's like we all think we need to have a culturally approved amount of grief that everyone must stick to its. It's just out -rageous like we don't all have to decide that. There is one way to feel about Kobe. Bryant and in his tragic passing the people of L. A. are going to fill this much more profoundly than anywhere else in the country. He was with the Lakers. His entire career Skipped College went right from high school. And I just think if you're basketball fan you're gonNA feel this differently. If you're a victim of sexual assault you're gonNA feel differently unless just allow space. You know the most important thing to remember about famous people is that we're always talking about something besides the famous person you know. That's why I love and Hillen Peterson. So she's taught me in. My life is that you know celebrity is always about something else and we're exercising a lot of cultural stuff when we talk about famous people and especially when we talk about them and say die and tragic quays in. So I mean I think the important thing to remember is that Kobe Bryant was hugh a real life human being with people who loved him and just like every other human being on planet. There were people. He hurt over his lifetime. Lifetime to so we experienced a death like this that just consumes the national conversation we don't have to reach a preordained conclusion about how we feel about it. That's a specially true when multiple family members are lost at one time so cruel to wake up to news that you've lost one family member but but to have lost more than one. It's awful and so I think the more kind of gentleness we can leave around this better next up we're GonNa talk about the twenty twenty twenty race..
"john bolton" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"We got run out of time today so you heard the news yesterday of we came out late John Bolton said that he will testify in an impeachment trial against president trump should he be subpoenaed by the Senate so then you get into any first year law student will tell you that you never ever put a witness on in a in a trial unless you know what the witness is going to say no surprises that's the that's the one all one law school class on don't do it so nobody knows what John Bolton will say he's a he's a a big hawk always has been big Republican always has been one of the things that I'm looking at that I have not talked to John and I don't know year so I don't know what sense all the ruckus sentiment out but I don't know what he's going to say but I think this is a guy who's smart and he knows that he wants to stay involved in Republican politics so I don't see him throwing Donald Trump under the bus because if he does these days as a Republican consultant are over and the Democrats war Hiram so I I did my guess is but this is where a lawyer can not gas and that's why the lawyers for the president will they call on they don't know what he's gonna say they he may come out and say yeah I went toe to toe with Donald Trump about Ukraine and I told him it was wrong and I told him I yes I did say it looked like a drug deal that Pompeii on those guys were doing I did all yes I said all that I thought it was terrible what they did in no he's not I don't think he's I don't think they want to know if he's going to say that but I don't think he would it may be what happened but I think he's going to couch it and the Democrats if they think that they're going to call him and and he's going to say yeah president trump did all these terrible things I just don't see it happening so I I hear him say you all yeah yeah yeah I'm willing I'm willing to testify in the impeachment trial I will be surprised if any side calls him because of that rule that you never call somebody let you know what they're going to say well it may be where they sit down with him in advance but again I go back to John is a survivor and he's not going to throw the president under the bus and therefore not get another Allen's of work out of any Republican consultant one I just don't see him doing it so then over in the house rogue Connor from San Jose area Silicon Valley Democrat California he says well maybe we should go back around and re open the impeachment hearings in the house and we can call John Bolton in and asked that because if he says he's willing to testify to the Senate he can't now say well I'm willing to testify to center but not to the house this is a you can't do that if he says he's willing to testify to the Senate he's got to come back and testify before us well I don't think that's going to happen either and I really don't think Nancy Pelosi is going to say yeah let's re open yet another impeachment hearings what she's trying to figure out what to do it looks like like I said McConnell's is going to move on and leave Nancy Pelosi standing there acted like she's got some leverage over the U. S. Senate so I.
"john bolton" Discussed on CNN's The Daily DC
"We bring you the very latest reporting and analysis related to this historic impeachment saga. We thought today was going to be a relatively slow day on the impeachment beat as the conflict with Iran has dominated the news cycle. But boy were we wrong earlier today. Former national security adviser John Bolton announced that he he is willing to testify at the Senate trial if he is subpoenaed to do so. This came completely out of the blue today and it has major implications so there is a lot to unpack back in a few minutes. I'll be talking with Al Stewart. A Republican strategist and the CNN political commentator. But I I'm joined by my colleague. CNN senior writer. Zac Wolf offers many of you. Know Zach publishes the Impeachment Watch newsletter. which you can subscribe to at CNN dot com slash impeachment Zach? Thanks for joining me. Thanks for having me so so that we get this statement today from John Bolt. Nobody was expecting it. There was no indication. It was coming as you know whether or not John Bolton could testify in the house was a matter for the courts until recently and there was no adjudication there but It now seems he's raising his hand to say. Hey I am available. Eligible to testify in the Senate trial. We did hear his name invoked many times throughout the house proceeding so from a thirty thousand foot view. Tell us how crucial a witness John Bolton could be in this entire impeachment trial of Donald Trump. John Bolton is I think perhaps the the most important person we haven't heard from in terms of what exactly was going on in the White House House with National Security Council at the time in August and July with with all of these things he wasn't on the call we don't think with President trump and Vladamir Dolinsky. But he is the person that used that term drug deal to describe What Gordon Silane the US San Bastards? You and Mick Mulvaney. The White House acting sorry White House Chief of staff were doing with regard to you grain. He asked an aide Fiona Hill to go to White House lawyers and tell them essentially that he thought it was a drug deal and that he had nothing to do with it Those are two things number three he met privately. We think according to to Morrison's testimony with trump about Ukraine and number four when house impeachment investigators had essentially given up on his testimony. He essentially raised his hand a couple of weeks ago and said wait. I have pertinent information. It just want the courts to weigh in and as we know how Democrats didn't WanNa wait for it so now he's raising his hand again essentially and saying I have stuff to tell l. and you know by the way he has a book I was just so we should also mention of course. He's got this book coming out. He's hitting the lecture circuit so he's been getting some criticism Zim from some quarters about weight. If you pay for his story you get to hear it. But the American people under the guise of an impeachment of the president is as doesn't doesn't get to hear what he has to offer so proxies trying to a little personal public relations Here as well by by raising his hand. But you raised a few and a hills characterization. We haven't heard John Bolton say that he called it a drug deal but we have heard Fiona Hill say-so and I want you to hear from her testimony Mooney back in November. How she described what she heard from John Bolton utilize Bergen busted a bolt until the I am not part of this whatever drug deal that Mulvaney in sunland cooking up? What did you understand them to mean by the drug deal that Mulvaney in Sunland were cooking? It took it to mean investigations for a meeting. Did you go speak to the lawyers. I sat needed John. Bolton we should just remind everyone's accurate. Here's a total reliable conservative. Republican has been Totally part of the more hawkish side of the Republican Party's foreign policy apparatus for quite some time fully infused inside to the trump white house until he was kicked to the curb but there's no indication that he just by raising his hand is out there wanting to break with Donald Trump or somehow play the John. Dean enroll is there. John Bolton is clearly a reliable conservative but he is a complete wild card in in all of this. Because we really don't know at this point his motivations he's he's been saying Nice things about The the trump administration with regard to Iran Recently after after the strike in Iraq. He's been saying not nice things about the trump administration with regard to North Korea. So he's kind of you know for them and against them on policy. This would seem to be separate from that because he talks in in a statement out today explaining why he would testify. He refers to himself as you know trying to live up to his His his his duty as a US citizen and a former national national security adviser So it it's just plain not clear what he would say funeral hill by the way that drug deal quote. It was out there. When she said it behind closed-doors she said it publicly? He's given interviews. Since then he's had ample time to disagree with that characterization so presumably he would at at least backup that idea that she put out there and it does give us insight into his frame of mind in the moment as this was unfolding he saw that Giuliani Sunland Sort of other avenue of foreign policy. That was being pursued at something. He wanted no part of not something he was going to stand up and raise. Blow the whistle about certainly but definitely something. He didn't want any part of which would lead some to believe. I guess that he thought there there was something improper about that. You don't think of drug dealers proper exactly right so I understand why Democrats may be thinking that he might have the goods or he is going to deliver in some way I guess. Call me a little skeptical on that. I think John Bolton is probably mostly looking out for John Bolton more than anyone else in this matter and so certainly I could be wrong. He could be this killer witness that it changes the whole political calculus around impeachment but that that just seems to be not what we've seen from Bolton throughout the entirety of his career that that's straight and I I think ultimately at the end of the day the importance of this statement and John Bolton today might be that it sort of puts Mitch McConnell in a box as to whether or not there should be witnesses because John Bolton was on the list of witnesses that Chuck Schumer wanted to come into a Senate trial. Mitch McConnell didn't want on any witnesses at all he had sort of it seemed like maybe convinced Donald Trump that maybe there shouldn't be witnesses in a Senate trial so you know th this public spectacle of a Senate trial l.. Might get a little more spectacular if you start having witnesses for Republicans need to essentially break ranks with the party and joined Democrats in order to open the trial up to witnesses. And that's what we're really waiting for right. Now is some sort of deal or no deal and they just proceed start taking votes on whether there should be witnesses. Mrs Yes because on that front. We're right where we were weeks ago before everyone left home for the holiday break Which is nowhere? No announced negotiations between Shumer McConnell about how this trial is going to work when it might start with. The rules of the road are Nancy. Pelosi still has not sent over the articles of impeachment. So we are still in that realm in this total stasis that we have been in but this new development does that In in any way. Unlock some of that. Stasis and move The debate over witnesses will be fascinating to watch. In fact. We're GonNa talk about that quite a bit We're going to hold this conversation conversation here and bring.