Gingrich, neocon wars, John Bolton as secretary of State?

Hope everyone caught Justin Sink's story in The Hill about Newt Gingrich saying he would name George W. Bush's United Nations ambassador, John Bolton, as his secretary of State. This is not surprising, but is deeply worrisome. Gingrich would bring the neocon war faction to his presidency. This will guarantee a clash with Ron Paul in upcoming debates, and it dramatizes why President Obama has a commanding position on national-security issues compared to Republicans.

John Bolton is one of the leaders of the neocon war faction. He would be an epic disaster as secretary of State. It seems, listening to various Republicans, that their obsessive attacks on Obama are based on their looking for new wars to fight, and current wars to never end.

Two of my colleagues, fellow columnist Juan Williams and fellow Pundit Blogger Anne Penketh, have both written very well about President Obama's strong position on national security compared to Republicans. I agree with them both, very strongly.

Will Americans feel safer with a president who would name Hillary Clinton as secretary of State, or a president who would name John Bolton? No contest. Knockout by Obama in the first round. Americans do not want to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan forever. Americans do not want to look for more wars to fight.

On the Republican side, Ron Paul has raised these issues effectively, and future debates will bring more fireworks.

As a matter of foreign policy and national security, the idea of bringing back the arrogant and failed neoconservative mindset of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and John Bolton would be the worst possible event for the world, and for America's role in the world.

It was not advocates of torture and war without end who dealt the death blow to Osama bin Laden. It was a president who opposed torture: Barack Obama.

We live in a dangerous world. Constructive American leadership is more important than ever. With trouble lurking from Syria to Iran, with Europe in crisis and hopes for Middle East peace desperately in need of renewal, with Pakistan too nuclear to fail and nuclear proliferation and terrorism dangers continuing, Newt Gingrich would endanger American security and world security by naming John Bolton secretary of State.

America does not want to turn the clock back to the days of Cheney and Bolton. President Obama has the high ground on national security. Republicans would only bring back failed and discredited policies that have damaged America and the world.

The idea of naming John Bolton secretary of State is one more reason Newt Gingrich must never be president with his finger on the nuclear button and his hands on the levers of war and peace.

The idea of naming John Bolton secretary of State is one more reason that Newt Gingrich will never be president. When he speaks for neocon ventures, he is not speaking for the American people.

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