Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Bolton revealed on Breitbart News Saturday the launch of The Foundation for American Security and Freedom (FASF).
Bolton, a leading voice in advancing public debate on U.S. foreign and national security policies, believes his new organization “will provide the necessary platform, resources, and leadership to demonstrate to the world that we will recognize American exceptionalism not only in rhetoric, but also in deeds.”
The Yale Law School graduate appeared on the show airing on Sirius XM Patriot Radio, channel 125, hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow and Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. The not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization, explained Bolton, “is intended to educate the public on the significance of the national security threats that we face around the world.”
The staunchly pro-American diplomat explained that the FASF was designed to help America avoid the mistake of electing a president who doesn’t care that much about America’s national security, as it did when electing Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Bolton characterized Obama as a subscriber to the notion that “America’s strength and success in the world is part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
Bolton also heads up the John Bolton PAC and Bolton SuperPACs, which Bannon referred to as “enormously successful in the 2014 election in actually getting national security into that entire debate.” According to a release from the foundation on Thursday, the PACs raised a combined amount of $7.5 million and made contributions of almost $500,000 to Republican candidates who are strong on national security policies.
The foundation’s goals are more educationally oriented than the usual role of PACs, explained the former Ambassador. Americans are not going to get real information or analysis about the attacks in Paris, about Islamic terrorism, the beheading of Christians by ISIS, etc. from the administration or the media. The FASF will shed light and bring to the surface these kinds of issues, he explained.
Ambassador Bolton aims to make National Security issues one of the top two or three issues in the upcoming 2016 election. He strongly believes that Barack Obama has done his best to marginalize the discussion, and the Foundation’s mission will be to elevate it. “Getting people ready for the 2016 debate is a critical function,” he maintains.
Bolton agreed with Marlow, who suggested that it is “surreal” and a “bit of a regression… that we have to actually make a case to the American people that it is beneficial that we have a strong America.”
Bolton attributes this development in “substantial part to President Obama.” He noted that unlike president’s dating all the way back to FDR after Pearl Harbor, “Obama doesn’t wake up in the morning with his very first thoughts thinking ‘What threats does America face in the world today?’” Bolton asserts that “he doesn’t believe that American strength in the world is beneficial to protecting our way of life here at home. He really is an isolationist.”
Blame can also be cast on the Republicans, he explained, for not doing their job as the opposition. Republicans failed to explain to citizens that “not talking about foreign threats and challenges” doesn’t make it easier to resolve the problems abroad; it makes it more difficult.
The ambassador predicts a series of threats to the United States over the next couple years. Because America’s enemies know that Obama is going to be in office only two more years and his successor may prove to be more formidable, “this is the time to do it,” he argues.
A run in 2016, to correct the Obama mistakes on national security and reopen the debate on these issues, may be in the cards for the former ambassador. He and Bannon agreed that the American people, unlike the way they are often portrayed, crave the discussion and care deeply about foreign policy issues.
Obama’s snuggling up to Iran, whom Bolton refers to as the “main banker” for thirty five years of both Shia and Sunni terrorist attacks, may lead to a nuclear armed Iran and destabilize the Middle-East. Moreover, Bolton would not put it past the Iranians to shuffle one of the nukes off to a terrorist group to sail into an American harbor.
Bolton added that he doesn’t blame Prime Minister of Israel Bibi Netanyahu in coming over to speak with Congress and circumventing the president next week, because “Israel faces a legitimately-labeled existential threat,” he said. Bolton described Obama’s behavior of objecting to the meeting as that of a “petulant high school student.”
Marlow pointed out that in an AP article on Friday night, Obama astonishingly boasted that a nuclear deal with Iran will be his signature accomplishment for the next two years. Bolton responded that this “puts Obama in a category worse than Neville Chamberlain.” He asserted that at least Chamberlain didn’t consider his appeasement of Germany in the lead up to WW II a stabilizing factor. Rather, the British Prime Minister hoped that it would satiate Hitler’s thirst for conquest. Obama’s belief, on the other hand, that allowing Iran to be a nuclear world leader will help stabilize the Middle-East is “ludicrous,” Bolton said.