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McMaster Is Out, an Even Bigger North Korea Hawk Is In

Trump is replacing his national-security adviser with John Bolton, a persistent advocate of military intervention.
Source: Yuri Gripas / Reuters

On Thursday, Donald Trump replaced a man who built the case for war with North Korea as a last resort with a man who just made the case for war with North Korea as more of a first resort. Trump announced that National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will be succeeded by John Bolton, the George W. Bush-era United Nations ambassador who has advocated for U.S. military action to prevent Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khamenei, and most recently Kim Jong Un from amassing weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea is an “imminent threat” to America because it is only months away from achieving the capacity to deliver nuclear warheads to the U.S. mainland, Bolton in late February in . Therefore “it is perfectly legitimate”

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