Bolton Bolts to the Fore
As many voices express concern/alarm about Trump’s taking a congratulatory call from the President of Taiwan (including, incredibly, Charles Krauthammer), John Bolton has cut through the fog by saying that “of course” Trump should have taken the call.
Taking the call conveys several messages:
These are new days, China
I respect a country, Taiwan, that has done a much better job than yours in promoting democracy and protection of personal and commercial rights and interests.
I will deal with you and your country as I will with all others, without ancient political encumbrances. If Taiwan continues its wholesome policies of inclusion and rights protections, I’m with them. If you continue your country’s policies of personal oppression, territorial expansion, and commercial exploitation, we’re going to have problems.
Trump is always paying media attention. If he gives Bolton’s defense its proper due, Bolton well may find his way up the ladder of Secretary of State consideration.
(c) 2016 Gordon Osmond