John Bolton launched his first missile in a coy, “closed-door,” private speech given in Miami last week according to MSNBC.
Before we get into specifics, have no doubt that Bolton knew this would get out (hence, the “coy”). This is not some babe in the woods, no hick from … where I live. He’s been around a while, it ain’t his first rodeo. He wanted it out, he just didn’t want it to look obvious in wanting it to get out.
I don’t know why, either, because he’s not fooling anyone.
Bolton said he believes there is a personal or business relationship dictating Trump’s position on Turkey because none of his advisers are aligned with him on the issue, the people present said.
Now that is a word we can chew on.
the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
Who doesn’t use the word “interests” in such a scenario? It almost flows naturally from the tongue. “Relationship” sounds almost awkward in a sense. Unless someone really intends to convey something in it. To me, it is far more intimate and personal than the word “interests,” relationships are something shared with another, more closely than “interests.”
Sure, you can point to the fact that we don’t have a tape of the conversation and it isn’t from a transcript, so we cannot be certain he used the word “relationship.” And yet if he had said “interests,” and MSNBC talked to six attendees, wouldn’t they also say “interests” in that same scenario?
In the end it really doesn’t matter all that much, because whether it is business or personal interests or “relationship” it is definitely not “U.S. interests,” or “U.S. relationships.” It is something unique, individualized, just to Trump.
That changes everything.
He didn’t say he “knew” that the Turkey decision was due to Trump’s interests … (see? I did it again). But he might have the most informed opinion of anyone outside the Trump family, formal and informal, as to what motivates Trump. Bolton is telling us that with respect to Trump, only Trump motivates Trump, even when it comes to foreign policy moves that sell-out long-term allies in the war on terror, Al Qaeda’s enemy.
If Trump will put his own relationships ahead of America’s war on terror, can you think of a single thing that he would put ahead of his interests if the two were in conflict? Me, neither.
This meeting is just “coy” enough so as to not generate massive headlines, and yet it will catch the attention of everyone from whom Bolton wants attention. I seriously doubt he would make a claim like that without being able to back it up.
It isn’t his first rodeo.
Oh, and the obligatory; “Boom.”
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