Bolton on Tillerson: His Statement Is an “Excellent Example” of Obama’s Foreign Policey


Over the weekend, amidst joint South Korea-US military exercises, North Korea fired off three short-range ballistic missiles. Only one failed.

On Sunday, John Bolton told Eric Shawn on Fox News that Rex Tillerson’s State Department is following Obama’s foreign policy on North Korea, one that gave us a nuclear NK.

The problem is that when North Korea can without question hit the U.S., they will be able to hold us hostage on every issue at any time with weapons aimed directly at our allies and the U.S. Their goal isn’t to simply protect themselves, former UN ambassador John Bolton believes.

“Last week Secretary Tillerson said he thought that restraint was a good sign they could get to the negotiating table,” Bolton said.

Shawn played comments by Tillerson this week claiming we just have to keep trying to sit down with North Korea.

“That statement you just played from Secretary Tillerson was an excellent example of Barack Obama’s foreign policy,” Bolton said.

Obama’s policy on North Korea is a complete failure.

Bolton continued: “It’s a policy the United States has pursued unsuccessfully for 25 years. If we can just talk to the North Koreans maybe we can chit-chat them out of their desire to have nuclear weapons. It has failed and brought us to where we are today. There is no evidence whatsoever that North Korea’s behavior will change.”

Bolton explains what he believes is the correct path in this clip and adds that as far as a diplomatic solution is concerned, “we’re running out of time”.


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Jim Hawkins
Jim Hawkins
6 years ago

I am beginning to think the author (S. Noble) is misinterpreting the quoted statements of the SoS and the CiC.

6 years ago
Reply to  Jim Hawkins

The question is whether John Bolton is misinterpreting them. He is right, of course, that appeasement doesn’t work. But at least we have a good cop/bad cop routine going on right now. Trump the bad cop threatening Norks, Tillerson the diplomat. The proof will be in the pudding.
I don’t claim to know anything. But Russia didn’t do squat after we sent 59 Tomahawks into a Syrian airbase, so do we really know whose influence is paramount or is everybody just playing their part?