Amer­ica in good hands

John Bolton will skill­fully man­age the com­plex in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity threats

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Martha McSally Martha McSally is a Repub­li­can U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Ari­zona.

For­mer U.N. Am­bas­sador John Bolton is ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied to serve as Pres­i­dent Trump’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, and I fully sup­port his se­lec­tion. He has the right mix of ex­per­tise on the com­plex in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity threats we face, the lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence to co­or­di­nate in­put from mul­ti­ple fed­eral depart­ments and agen­cies in­volved in our na­tional se­cu­rity pol­icy and the strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to be a spokesman for the pres­i­dent on crit­i­cal se­cu­rity mat­ters.

His first week at work proved why he is the right man for the job at this crit­i­cal and dan­ger­ous time in his­tory. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, on Satur­day, April 7, the mur­der­ous As­sad regime, propped up by Ira­nian mul­lahs and Vladimir Putin’s mer­ce­nar­ies, again em­ployed banned weapons of mass de­struc­tion to kill and maim his own cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing many chil­dren.

On Fri­day night, Mr. Trump or­dered pre­cise, pro­por­tion­ate and over­whelm­ing air strikes, along with our al­lies, Britain and France. This is ex­actly the kind of re­sponse that was nec­es­sary to send Bashar As­sad and his en­ablers — Rus­sia and Iran — a strong mes­sage that the world will not stand idly by while they vi­o­late in­ter­na­tional law and nor­mal­ize the use of banned chem­i­cal weapons. This mil­i­tary oper­a­tion il­lus­trates John Bolton’s abil­ity to pro­vide the pres­i­dent with ef­fec­tive op­tions for achiev­ing crit­i­cal ob­jec­tives.

I was serv­ing as a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer dur­ing much of Mr. Bolton’s diplo­matic ca­reer and re­mem­ber watch­ing him stand up to busi­ness as usual at the U.N. while we were de­ploy­ing over­seas. He was also a key leader in the de­ci­sion to with­draw the U.S. from the harm­ful anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile treaty, which ham­pered test­ing and de­vel­op­ment of mis­sile de­fense sys­tems. I served as a leg­isla­tive fel­low for Sen. Jon Kyl in the year prior to this de­ci­sion, who was the key Sen­ate leader fight­ing for with­drawal. I’m thank­ful for their lead­er­ship, which al­lowed us to in­vest in de­fend­ing our home­land from a mis­sile at­tack (though much more needs to be done).

Mr. Bolton’s ex­pe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship at the State Depart­ment and the United Na­tions un­der­scores his ded­i­ca­tion to and keen un­der­stand­ing of Amer­i­can in­ter­ests. He is known as a re­former, and I know he’ll work with the pres­i­dent to achieve the best pos­si­ble out­comes for our coun­try.

John Bolton is also known for be­ing frank and di­rect. I can re­late to and ap­pre­ci­ate these qual­i­ties. I would hope ev­ery ad­viser to the pres­i­dent on na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues has these at­tributes. They are ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary when you’re work­ing with sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion that im­pacts the safety and se­cu­rity of our na­tion.

I have no doubt in my mind that he will al­ways tell the pres­i­dent what he thinks and make the hard ar­gu­ments.

Amer­ica is the leader of the free world, and we need to work closely with our al­lies now more than ever, while stand­ing strong against op­pres­sive regimes across the globe that threaten us and our way of life. Mr. Bolton’s diplo­matic ex­pe­ri­ence and re­gional ex­per­tise will serve him well in this as­sign­ment.

Mr. Bolton is ab­so­lutely cor­rect that we must re­main skep­ti­cal of North Korea and keep up the pres­sure us­ing all el­e­ments of power. While our cur­rent talks and ne­go­ti­a­tions are a start, we must en­sure that North Korea isn’t just try­ing to buy time (as they have in the past) un­til they can prove be­yond a doubt that their mis­siles can reach the U.S. main­land.

We failed at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble be­fore, so we must main­tain a strong pres­ence in Korea to de­ter ag­gres­sion and con­tinue to ap­ply pres­sure as we be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions. Part of this pres­sure is ratch­et­ing up the Se­cu­rity Pro­lif­er­a­tion Ini­tia­tive (cre­ated by John Bolton in the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion), which en­ables the U.S. and our al­lies to in­ter­dict North Korean ship­ments of arms and other il­licit ex­port items.

Mr. Bolton is also clear-eyed about the threat from Iran, the largest state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism, now in­fused with cash from the weak and dan­ger­ous Obama nu­clear deal. I de­ployed six times to the re­gion and know first-hand Iran’s dan­ger to us and our in­ter­ests in the Mid­dle East, es­pe­cially to our strong friend and ally, Is­rael. Mr. Bolton will con­tinue to tire­lessly fight against Iran’s malev­o­lence and nu­clear am­bi­tions. He will also en­sure we stand strong in sup­port of Is­rael, which is sur­rounded by threats from Ira­nian-backed ag­gres­sion by Hezbol­lah, Ha­mas and other groups de­ter­mined to in­tim­i­date or an­ni­hi­late them.

The chief duty of our fed­eral gov­ern­ment is the safety and se­cu­rity of the Amer­i­can peo­ple. I have got­ten to know Mr. Bolton in re­cent years and ap­pre­ci­ate his grasp of the com­plex threats we face and our op­tions to de­ter, di­min­ish and elim­i­nate them. I am grate­ful for his lead­er­ship, ad­vo­cacy, forthright­ness and un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to the se­cu­rity of Amer­ica. He is a tried and true pa­triot who is highly qual­i­fied to serve in this po­si­tion. He un­der­stands that we must con­tinue, as the Pre­am­ble to our Con­sti­tu­tion says, to “se­cure the bless­ings of lib­erty to our­selves and our pos­ter­ity.” Amer­ica is in good hands.


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