John Bolton completes Trump's America First goals

If you could put a face to the America that reviles diplomacy it would wear an Asterix moustache and go by the name of John Bolton. The joke goes that Mr Bolton never met a war he did not like. That may be an understatement.

Mr Donald Trump's new national security adviser rarely sees a peaceful entanglement that could not be improved by artillery. John Bolton "is the kind of man I would like to stand with at Armageddon", said the late Jesse Helms, one of America's most hawkish senators.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2018, with the headline 'John Bolton completes Trump's America First goals'. Print Edition | Subscribe