With Bolton and Pompeo, Trump pushes for war

BY:John Wojcik And Mark Gruenberg| March 26, 2018
With Bolton and Pompeo, Trump pushes for war

Was anyone taken in by Trump’s isolationist rhetoric? He may rail against NATO, gut the State Department, slash funding for diplomacy, and withdraw from international agreements, but his executive appointments make it clear that “America First” really means “America über alles.”

Oil billionaire Rex Tillerson was no friend of democracy; his replacement, Mike Pompeo, is a deranged theocrat who has called for regime change in North Korea and first-strike attacks on Iran.

Now, H. R. McMaster’s  seat as National Security Advisor has been turned over to John Bolton, best known for his stint as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush.  Indeed, who could forget Bolton’s rabid national chauvinism, contempt for international law, and determination that any obstacle to U.S. hegemony in world affairs must be met with force?

The ruling class of the United States relies on imperialism, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office.  However, its imperialist maneuvers vary in scope, intensity, and methods (as well as in susceptibility to mass pressure). Even measured by the yardstick of the U.S. ruling class, Bolton and Pompeo are dangerous extremists, as committed to a far-right social and economic agenda as they are to unending war, including with nuclear weapons.

It has been clear since the beginning that the Trump regime is an unprecedented threat not just to the people of the United States, but to the entire world.  Appointing extremists like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to craft foreign policy only escalates that threat.

Read more on Bolton and Pompeo from People’s World.


    John Wojcik started as labor editor of the People's World in May, 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers. In the 1970s and '80s he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York. Along with being labor editor, Wojcik is a co-editor of peoplesworld.org.


    Mark Gruenberg is head of the Washington, D.C. bureau of People's World. He is also the editor of Press Associates Inc. (PAI), a union news service in Washington, D.C. that he has headed since 1999.  Previously, he worked as Washington correspondent for the Ottaway News Service, as Port Jervis bureau chief for the Middletown, NY Times Herald Record, and as a research and writer for .Congressional Quarterly.  Mark obtained his BA in public policy from the University of Chicago and worked as the University of Chicago correspondent for the Chicago Daily News.

Comments (6)

Bernie | July 16, 2018 at 10:42 PM

How do the authors explain why Trump against the unanimous Republican and “liberal” democratic leadership is bringing the world back from brink of nuclear war by meeting North Korea leadership and today with Putin and agreeing to continue negotiate some peace agreements?

    Joe Sims | July 18, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    We see the meeting between Trump and Kim as positive, but we point out that the real credit for the initiative came, not from Trump, but from the leaders of the two Koreas strongly backed up by the People’s Republic of China. And Trump’s reactionary, belligerently nationalistic attitudes and rhetoric may yet prevent finalizing a workable agreement to calm tensions and normalize the situation in the Korean Peninsula. Likewise, we do not oppose continued peaceful negotiations between the United States and the Russian Republic. But again, we would caution that Trump’s attitudes, and the possibility that he has corrupt dealings with major Russian figures in and out of that country’s government, could, in the end, detract from any peacemaking advances. On the issue of possible Russian interference in US elections, we can no more support such a thing than we can support frequent U.S. interference in the internal politics of many, many other countries. We do not, at any rate, see Trump as a peacemaker; his withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement and from the multinational agreement on Iranian nuclear development, his new attacks on Cuba and his continued threats against Venezuela show his real orientation toward international issues. Emile Schepers

Jermaine Johnson | June 20, 2018 at 12:20 AM

These ridiculous offerings , ( comments ) only go to prove factual history is not a partner to truth in political scraps to this website. Own up . Truth is always truth. Opinions are not facts in evidence. Learn from these deviance from evidentiary facts. Decide to learn why this deviance matters . Morality is your clue.

Beth Edelman | May 11, 2018 at 5:53 PM

The ascension of Bolton and Pompeo to augment Trump’s war instincts, bodes ill for the world Now with the withdrawal of the US from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the increase in Israeli military action the threat gets a push forward. The fact that Trump and company have no inclination to build diplomacy and reach agreements should alarm us. What will happen? June 12 or other days must put all of us on notice. War and war expansion becomes a bigger and bigger possibility as we move toward the mid-term elections. Our active resistance is important, no doubt.

James Lemoyne | April 13, 2018 at 1:37 AM

The USSR collapsed in 1993. The modern Russian state is capitalist, not socialist and has territorial ambitions, like other capitalist powers. When one examines what is taking place in the world right now it raises in a very sharp way the need for a mass movement to prevent nuclear war. It is as if we are living in 1913, plus hydrogen bombs.

    Mishelle Storms | June 26, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    The USSR collapsed in 1991 and though I am a born American citizen of European descent, I had the privilege of being part of a youth group as a teenager, 15 years ago, that was structured in the order of the Soviet culture, and we interacted with Soviet refugees. I have literally fought with my life against corrupted mental health agencies to maintain this lifestyle of hard work and discipline and I would never give it up for anything in the world. It is my honor and I absolutely love it. I think Communists today but push to rebuild the USSR. Yes, modern Russia is capitalist, but even if President Putin is not pro-Russian, I believe his seemingly self-destructive policies have been able to set the stage for the Communist Party of Russia to make a smooth transition into power soon. We need to keep up with them. https://kprf.ru/

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