JOHN BOLTON’S PRES­I­DEN­TIAL TEST

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

His ob­ser­va­tions come at a crit­i­cal time. For U.S. Am­bas­sador John Bolton has de­ter­mined the five fun­da­men­tal ques­tions for vot­ers to ask pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who present them­selves to the pub­lic as se­cu­ri­ty­minded war­riors in a dan­ger­ous world. It’s all part of the “Bolton Test.” And the ques­tions are (drum roll, please):

What is Amer­ica’s proper place in the world? How does U.S. for­eign pol­icy af­fect do­mes­tic pol­icy? What are the pri­mary threats and op­por­tu­ni­ties Amer­ica faces abroad? How should Amer­ica re­spond to those threats and op­por­tu­ni­ties? What re­sources are re­quired for our na­tional de­fense?

Mr. Bolton is now run­ning full page ads in news­pa­pers in Iowa, New Hamp­shire, South Carolina, and Ne­vada - all crit­i­cal GOP pri­mary states,

“The pres­i­dent’s prin­ci­ple job is to keep our coun­try safe and be ready on day one,” says Mr. Bolton. “At a time when Amer­ica’s in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence is de­clin­ing at an ever-faster pace, th­ese ques­tions pro­vide a solid foun­da­tion to en­cour­age vot­ers to probe the depth of un­der­stand­ing of their as­pir­ing lead­ers.”

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