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Blunt-speaking Bolton in a class of his own

Mr John Bolton, who was undersecretary of state for arms control in the George W. Bush administration, championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. After the Bush era, he became the go-to analyst for hawkish right-wing views on foreign crises, especially Ir
Mr John Bolton, who was undersecretary of state for arms control in the George W. Bush administration, championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. After the Bush era, he became the go-to analyst for hawkish right-wing views on foreign crises, especially Iraq, Iran and North Korea. He has advocated Israeli air strikes on Iran, and regime change in both Teheran and Pyongyang.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Trump's hawkish new National Security Adviser said to have kept grenade on desk

Mr John Bolton is reported to have kept a defused hand grenade on his desk at the State Department during the administration of former Republican President George W. Bush, when he served as undersecretary of state for arms control - a role in which he championed the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Blunt-speaking American diplomats are not unusual, but even by the usual standards, President Donald Trump's 69-year-old incoming National Security Adviser is in a class of his own.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2018, with the headline 'Blunt-speaking Bolton in a class of his own'. Print Edition | Subscribe