John Bolton is gone and good riddance. He was pushing Trump away from peace and diplomacy.

By Daniel L. Davis

President Donald Trump used Twitter, of course, to announce that he had removed national security adviser John Bolton from his post. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation,” he wrote. It’s not entirely clear which suggestions led Trump to let Bolton go. There were many options to choose from.

In a mere year and a half, Bolton has recklessly misled the president on a number of significant foreign policy issues. In 2017, before he arrived at the White House, Bolton was urging Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. Among a host of other bad decisions since he became national security adviser, Bolton has encouraged the president to abandon a positive step toward peace with North Korea in Hanoi, deal belligerently with China, and discuss stationing more troops close to Russia’s border. Bolton’s latest bad advice sank a chance to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan.

This piece was originally published by USA Today on September 10, 2019. Read more HERE.