John Bolton: Oh, you’d better believe I’m thinking of running for president

posted at 6:59 pm on September 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via RCP, this isn’t the first time he’s hint-hint-hinted that he’s thinking about this, but since the last post about it was received rapturously by commenters, I figured you might be hungry for more. To my surprise, he does sound serious here about running. His earlier conversation with the Daily Caller about a potential candidacy was more coy, which made me believe he was just teasing a bit, but this time he owns right up to considering a campaign. Maybe the response to the previous trial balloon was so enthusiastic that he figured it’s worth floating a bigger one? I’m curious to see what he does next.

The other reason to post this is because it gives me an excuse to link this ominous report about Iran possibly working on yet another secret uranium enrichment facility. (Bolton mentions it briefly in the clip.) The allegation comes from an Iranian dissident group called the National Council of Resistance of Iran; there’s reason to be skeptical, but there’s also reason to think they’re right. They were the ones, after all, who first publicly revealed the existence of the Natanz enrichment facility back in 2002. A U.S. official says that while there’s some sort of construction going on in the area identified by NCRI, there’s no evidence whatsoever that it’s nuclear-related. I sure hope he’s right, because when it comes to bomb-making, it’s not Iran’s nuclear reactors that are important. It’s the enrichment facilities, which are capable of mining explosive U235 from the more benign U238 used for nuclear power. Stay tuned.



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Here comes the BOOM!!

abobo on September 9, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Oh, we are filled with good news today!

Blake on September 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Yes!

rbj on September 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I don’t know, he looks like the FL pastor with that stache.

faraway on September 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Got my vote. Still love you Sarah!

JellyToast on September 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Videos

John Bolton will be in NYC on september 11th to protest GZM.

Colin Powell argues that we should build the Mosque.

William Amos on September 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Not to pop any bubbles, but Bolton hinted at this same thing on Greta a few weeks back, stressing again the need to put national security to the fore.

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

LOL- dude, you watch greta?

abobo on September 9, 2010 at 7:05 PM

How long before the FBI visits him?

His candidacy would incite muslim violence, or something.

artist on September 9, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Bolton/?, Rudy Att Gen.

LtE126 on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM

God truly loves this great country…Stash!

trs on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I’d back Bolton.

Maquis on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I’d vote for this guy. The debate with Obama would be ummmmm…..*precious*….yes, that’s it.

ted c on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Eh. I’m unmoved by this.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Bolton / Palin!

Guardian on September 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I like Bolton, but wouldn’t he be a one trick pony? Great on foreign policy, but not much experience in all the other stuff. Of course, that would be one more trick than the current pony has.

kam582 on September 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

“Damn right I’m thinking of running… if you’re not thinking I’m thinking of running I’ll have to kick your @$$.”

viking01 on September 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Will his moustache be his running mate? What a ticket!

Ok, he might be my number one pick, I have to learn more about his stances on domestic and social issues. This is good news.

Daemonocracy on September 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

(twist the ends of moustache)
Verry interesting and the plot thickens.

darwin-t on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I like this guy. Could you imagine the “summits” he would attend as President? No bowing there.By the way it’s a lot cooler in here than the Koran burning thread. Allah should throw a bucket of water on them over there.

sandee on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Got my vote. Still love you Sarah!

JellyToast on September 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Sarah for Sec. of Energy — gives her more experience + we get drill baby drill.

rbj on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Maybe not President but, Sec of State…

Stashtastic

Oil Can on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

He’s not the man we need now, frankly. Our next President will need to be a dedicated and principled domestic policy wonk if we have any chance of avoiding the Big Crash that’s becoming more unavoidable by the day.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Bolton/West!…?

NY Conservative on September 9, 2010 at 7:10 PM

OMG!!!!!

ctmom on September 9, 2010 at 7:11 PM

OMG I think I just had a orgas-mic awe-inspiring YES moment!

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:12 PM

‘Stash ’12!

RedNewEnglander on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

REGIS ’12

phreshone on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

LOL- dude, you watch greta?

abobo on September 9, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I watch all of Fox except Shep, if there isn’t football on.

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

(twist the ends of moustache)
Verry interesting and the plot thickens.

darwin-t on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Back away from the Stache!

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

But, but what about the reaction of Muslims?

I thought that THEY dictate what Americans choose to do!

nottakingsides on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Cometh the war ….

OldEnglish on September 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

He’s not the man we need now, frankly. Our next President will need to be a dedicated and principled domestic policy wonk if we have any chance of avoiding the Big Crash that’s becoming more unavoidable by the day.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Lower taxes. Cut spending. Restore Constitutional limits. Punch the hippies. Finish the war on malignant Islam.

Easy.

Maquis on September 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Cometh the war ….

OldEnglish on September 9, 2010 at 7:14 PM

That surprises you?

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:15 PM

He’s not the man we need now, frankly. Our next President will need to be a dedicated and principled domestic policy wonk if we have any chance of avoiding the Big Crash that’s becoming more unavoidable by the day.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I hear what you are saying, but if we get to Jan. 2013 without the blowout already having occurred I will be a happy man.

For the record I love Bolton, but he’s a SecState, not a President IMHO. Although as someone pointed out above, his one trick is infinitely better than ‘ole no trick we have now.

WitchDoctor on September 9, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Who was the last President that sported a moustache? William Taft?

Bolton for Secretary of State.

jix on September 9, 2010 at 7:16 PM

EPIC!!!

Need some particulars on his economic policies, but he’s the strongest card in the deck on defense.

That’s some good news though.

“Stash is coming!”

SuperCool on September 9, 2010 at 7:18 PM

“Bolton/West!…?

NY Conservative on September 9, 2010 at 7:10 PM”

Nice. Meanass Rudy as AG, Sarah Sec of energy and Liz Cheney around to do general ass kickin’ or Sec of State?

LtE126 on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I don’t think he will run in the end. But I bet he plays a big part in the next administration.

Guardian on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I’ll be in my bunk.

Good Lt on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I think he was Pa3ned on a question about President Lincoln’s cabinet on the Commedy Channel. This while every comparison was being made between The One and The Other One “from” Illinois.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/4/3/02950/93843

I ran into more than one Georgetown liberal who could recite chapter and verse about it.

IlikedAUH2O on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

He’s not the man we need now, frankly. Our next President will need to be a dedicated and principled domestic policy wonk if we have any chance of avoiding the Big Crash that’s becoming more unavoidable by the day.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Which crash are we talking about Ink? Employment? Money and Stocks? Housing? Arent’ we already there?

What is the one thing that usually bring back money into a bad economy … a War. Who is at this moment in time waging to blow us, Israel, and anyone who isn’t backwards off the map?

Like it or not, it is coming…. who would YOU rather pick up the peices and hopefully get us out of a jam?

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

President? No.

Secretary of State? Hell, yes!

AaronGuzman on September 9, 2010 at 7:21 PM

That surprises you?

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:15 PM

No, not at all. It’s been coming for some time – hence the warrior.

OldEnglish on September 9, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Definitely need to more about his positions on other issues outside of foreign policy, which is rock solid, before I can say anything more.

clement on September 9, 2010 at 7:23 PM

No, not at all. It’s been coming for some time – hence the warrior.

OldEnglish on September 9, 2010 at 7:23 PM

life is going to get interesting soon.

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Shep makes for good viewing, not in an intentional way, but still.

abobo on September 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM

He should shave off his moustache. Seriously.

aengus on September 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Split the Conservatives early in the PRIMARY season, then leave the RINO to pick up the nomination.

This sounds like DEJA VU 2008 all over again…..

PappyD61 on September 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I’ll be in my bunk.

Good Lt on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Shiney!

Maquis on September 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Bolton/Stache 2012! I bet his stache even has a stache.

j_galt on September 9, 2010 at 7:25 PM

life is going to get interesting soon.

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Indeed!

OldEnglish on September 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Before anyone gets to jazzed up about this idea, where does he stand on issues other than foreign policy?

In any case, Bolton/Norris 2012: Vote or We`ll Shoot!

ThePrez on September 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Sheriff Joe for V.P.!

Tony737 on September 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM

John Bolton, now we are getting the bar set back to where it ought to be.

fourdeucer on September 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM

He should shave off his moustache. Seriously.

aengus on September 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM

… and Samson should get a crew cut.

AaronGuzman on September 9, 2010 at 7:28 PM

I love John and Sarah. Wow both would get my vote! This should get the msm bent out of shape big time.
L

letget on September 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Before anyone gets to jazzed up about this idea, where does he stand on issues other than foreign policy?

In any case, Bolton/Norris 2012: Vote or We`ll Shoot!

LOL!

j_galt on September 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Back away from the Stache!

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I was referring to my moustache

darwin-t on September 9, 2010 at 7:32 PM

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Here, I’ll take your points one at a time:

Which crash are we talking about Ink? Employment? Money and Stocks? Housing? Arent’ we already there?

We’ve seen a partial market correction to try and clear out the bad debt and resource misallocation that have resulted from a decade of loose monetary policy, but the biggest bubble of them all – sovereign debt – is growing by the day. The ‘Big Crash’ I referred to will, I believe, take the form of a dollar crisis and bond strike. The US is rapidly approaching the debt-to-GDP ratio (and more importantly, the foreign-held sovereign debt to GDP ratio) at which our debt dynamics will become unstable and difficult to control. The fear, uncertainty, and doubt about our national creditworthiness that will result is not only a huge threat to all savers and investors, but will force sudden service and program cuts that will sorely test our societal cohesion. Things could get real bad, real quick – unless we start making changes now.

What is the one thing that usually bring back money into a bad economy … a War.

Sorry, upinak, this couldn’t be more wrong, though it’s a common misconception. To read more about why this is incorrect, I suggest you Google ‘broken window fallacy’. Rest assured that economic data show that WWII delayed the recovery of the American economy, just as did the New Deal. It’s only by popular mythologizing by Keynesians that many people believe the opposite. However, to make it as simple as possible, consider Obama’s efforts hitherto to get the economy going using direct Keynesian stimulus – building bridges, paving roads, etc. Now ask yourself: if building a bridge here at home, that will at least have some future utility to us, hasn’t grown our economy, what can we hope to gain by destroying a bridge somewhere thousands of miles away? No value is created by war, value is merely destroyed.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:37 PM

YES!

This would strike FEAR in the heart of the United Nations of theft & Genocide. Marxism/communism would hit a freaking brick wall.

NO TREATIES would be moved forward = All would be stopped in their tracks and would indeed be dismantled!
“law of the seas”
“Universal GUN BAN
” {hillary just signed – due to finalize before 2012!}
“Human Rights Treaty”
“Social Charter of the Americas!!”

and many more that have been hidden behind the curtain of deceit waiting to move out of the pipeline.

and, oh heart be still………the ‘Climate Treaty’ {bush 1 signed and had ratified-1989} would be void!!

BOLTON would make the world quake. Islamic nincompoops would shudder and have nightmares.

Add the brilliant Lt. Col. Alan West and we have a dream team never seen in our life times:))))

2ndamendsis on September 9, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I love his stache – very manly. Manly is good.

arizona on September 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Hi, John, it’s Barry. Look, Rauf wants to barter.

*click*

Hello? John? Hello?

Christien on September 9, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Now ask yourself: if building a bridge here at home, that will at least have some future utility to us, hasn’t grown our economy, what can we hope to gain by destroying a bridge somewhere thousands of miles away? No value is created by war, value is merely destroyed.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Makes sense to me.

Maquis on September 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Palin/Bolton 2012.

The roar of exploding heads all over the world would be epic.

Rebar on September 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

President: Sarah Palin
Vice-President: Allen West
Secretary of State: John Bolton
Secretary of Defense: Devid Patraeus
Attorney General: Jan Brewer
FBI Director: Joe Arpaio
Head Speechwriter: Ann Coulter
Assistant Ambassador to Outer Mongolia: Mike Huckabee

AaronGuzman on September 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM

We cannot afford to be the worlds military. Nations must be forced to spend on their own defense.

True_King on September 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM

I’d vote for him! In a heartbeat!!

Vntnrse on September 9, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 7:37 PM

So are you saying (which you already know it to be untrue) that WWII and the start of the war, as we were in a depression at the time, didn’t lift America out of their slump? How about WWI which did the same? Hmmm how many other wars should I list?

OKAY! Prove it wrong. Because this ‘broken window fallacy’ is a theory based on the ideal that stocks are the only thing to bring up a nation.

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I can already see his stash added to Mt. Rushmore…

Seven Percent Solution on September 9, 2010 at 7:45 PM

President: Sarah Palin
Vice-President: Allen West
Secretary of State: John Bolton
Secretary of Defense: Devid Patraeus
Attorney General: Jan Brewer
FBI Director: Joe Arpaio
Head Speechwriter: Ann Coulter
Assistant Ambassador to Outer Mongolia: Mike Huckabee

AaronGuzman on September 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Replace Coulter with Doc Zero, and you have the dream team right there.

Maquis on September 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Bolton / Christie 2012.

Where do I send the check?

Go RBNY on September 9, 2010 at 7:48 PM

President? No.

Secretary of State? Hell, yes!

AaronGuzman on September 9, 2010 at 7:21 PM

My thoughts exactly. There’s nobody better qualified to clear the commie scum out of Foggy Bottom than Bolton.

However, if he were to become president, I doubt that Øbama supporter would want what awaits her in Bolton’s stash.

Kafir on September 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Mike Pence for President.

Michelle Bachman for Vice-President

John Bolton for Secretary of State.

MrLynn on September 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I’m unmoved.

Our nominee better have most of his focus on the economy.

We’ve had enough Republican focus on foreign policy; we need a conservative revolution at home.

rickyricardo on September 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Sec of State – Yes
Ambassador – Yes
Chief Negotiator – Yes
National Security Advisor – Yes
President – NO

huckleberryfriend on September 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Bolton/Bolton’s ‘Stache 2012

Bishop on September 9, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Chris Christie for Treasury Secretary

Lily on September 9, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Got my vote and contributions and whatever help I may be able to give. Lets roll.

dragondrop on September 9, 2010 at 7:59 PM

He would make a great Sec of State!!

Bullhead on September 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I don’t think Bolton would be a one-trick pony. Although he has concentrated on foreign policy, he has an incredibly sharp mind and I’m sure has given considerable thought to domestic issues as well. It’s just that no one bothers to ask him about that stuff. I’d love to hear his views on immigration, federalism, and the constitution.

IrishEi on September 9, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Not to pop any bubbles, but Bolton hinted at this same thing on Greta a few weeks back, stressing again the need to put national security to the fore.

John the Libertarian on September 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

America: It’s the economy, stupid!
NeoClowns: WAR!!!!!!!!!

Never underestimate the Republicans’ ability to snap defeat from the jaws of victory.

The 2012 election is too important to run on GWB’s ’04 message, again.

We cannot afford to be the worlds military. Nations must be forced to spend on their own defense.

True_King on September 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM

This.

Rae on September 9, 2010 at 8:01 PM

“You know Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers that what is critical to the success of our system of government is what he called energy in the executive,” Bolton said. “And she (Sarah Palin) has been energetic on a range of issues, particularly on issues involving energy, energy security.”

Just sayin.

mike_NC9 on September 9, 2010 at 8:03 PM

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

:

So are you saying (which you already know it to be untrue) that WWII and the start of the war, as we were in a depression at the time, didn’t lift America out of their slump? How about WWI which did the same? Hmmm how many other wars should I list?

It’s untrue that WWII returned the economy to substantial and sustainable growth. Here’s a scholarly article on the subject:
http://www.nber.org/papers/w12801.pdf

And here’s their key finding: “We examine whether local economies that were the centers of federal spending on military mobilization experienced more rapid growth in consumer economic activity than other areas. … The results show that the World War II spending had virtually no effect on the growth rates in consumption that we examined.“.

It was only once the top-down command economy of the New Deal and War years was substantially dismantled that the post-War boom and real economic growth commenced.

And as to World War I, I recommend you study your history: our involvement in that conflict actually pushed the economy into the Depression of 1920.

OKAY! Prove it wrong. Because this ‘broken window fallacy’ is a theory based on the ideal that stocks are the only thing to bring up a nation.

I take it you didn’t take any time at all to read what the broken windows fallacy is – ’cause whatever you’re talking about here, that ain’t it. You need to do a little self-education when it comes to economics, I see. Here’s an excellent place to start: http://mises.org/

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 8:03 PM

If the war does like WW-II did and basically destroys the industrial base of world-wide competitors while leaving the U.S. basically unscathed, then yes, war could easily be the catalyst for another 50+ years of world-wide economic domination by the U.S.

Fatal on September 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Bolton/?, Rudy Att Gen.

LtE126 on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM

No. Rudy will try to grab my guns.

fossten on September 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

President: Sarah Palin
Vice-President: Allen West
Secretary of State: John Bolton
Secretary of Defense: Devid Patraeus
Attorney General: Jan Brewer
FBI Director: Joe Arpaio
Head Speechwriter: Ann Coulter
Assistant Ambassador to Outer Mongolia: Mike Huckabee

AaronGuzman on September 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM
Replace Coulter with Doc Zero, and you have the dream team right there.

Maquis on September 9, 2010 at 7:46 PM

+1000 But can we find a spot for Christie??

4Freedom on September 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Fatal on September 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Yes, it seems like upinak doesn’t so much want further war in the Middle East as war in China, Japan, and Europe. And maybe Canada, just to be safe.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Christie? Chief of staff of course.

Mojave Mark on September 9, 2010 at 8:11 PM

A U.S. official says that while there’s some sort of mushroom cloud in the area identified by NCRI, there’s no evidence whatsoever that it’s nuclear-related.

ronsfi on September 9, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 8:03 PM
Fatal on September 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Oh lord. Elistists are the reason we are in the mess we are in. Thanks for the presentation Ink… but the NBER is a government entity. Hmmm nice Research you got there.

Yes, it seems like upinak doesn’t so much want further war in the Middle East as war in China, Japan, and Europe. And maybe Canada, just to be safe.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

War is a never ending trait. Some people run while other people watch and other still go forth into the fray.

Whom are you Ink?

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 8:16 PM

DOJ to John Bolton:
“That’s a nice stache you got there, it would be a a shame if anything happened to it. By the way, are you still raping babies and beating your wife?” Fondly, Eric Holder.

Chewy the Lab on September 9, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Bolton would be great!

mr.blacksheep on September 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Could we have the election this Tuesday?
I’m really burned out with the amateur Communist in Chief we have at present. If he wasn’t a commie, I’d almost feel bad for that putz, so above his pay grade and all…..Nah..

adamsmith on September 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

OMG I think I just had a orgas-mic awe-inspiring YES moment!

upinak on September 9, 2010 at 7:12 PM

You and me both babe–I’m still tingling from my first experience of firing a gun!!!

lovingmyUSA on September 9, 2010 at 8:25 PM

the NBER is a government entity. Hmmm nice Research you got there.
upinak on September 9, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Are you suggesting the government is trying to trick us into thinking government spending is less effective than it really is? Even if you are, you can verify their sources if you so choose, for Pete’s sake.

The truth is simple: war destroys value, it doesn’t create it. If you choose to ignore that fact, there’s not much more I can say.

Inkblots on September 9, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I love JB but he is not a politician, I’d make him foreign policy Czar and let cannons roll!

tim c on September 9, 2010 at 8:40 PM

But, but what about the reaction of Muslims?

I thought that THEY dictate what Americans choose to do!

nottakingsides on September 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Well obviously before anyone gets too excited we will have to run this choice by a few Imam’s to get the go ahead.

Koa on September 9, 2010 at 8:40 PM

There is no way this rabid neo-con could win the presidency. We might as well just give Obama the white house for four more years… Definitely would force me to write in a candidate.

RightXBrigade on September 9, 2010 at 8:40 PM

AllahP, a correction for you — natural uranium contains around 0.7% U235; it is enriched to 3.5-5.0% for use in nuclear power reactors. It is further enriched to 80% plus to make it weapon grade.

U238 is the basic isotope removed during the enrichment process, as it composes most of natural uranium.

Oh, and I like Bolton for SoS.

GnuBreed on September 9, 2010 at 8:45 PM

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