Good Riddance to John Bolton

U.S, National Security Advisor John Bolton during his meeting with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan on Oct. 25, 2018
U.S, National Security Advisor John Bolton during his meeting with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan on Oct. 25, 2018

U.S, National Security Advisor John Bolton during his meeting with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan on Oct. 25, 2018

BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN

While it is not clear who will replace the abruptly fired John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, it can be said that his departure presents a reprieve for countries like Armenia, which were pressured by Bolton to change course to satisfy the United States agenda in the region.

Bolton famously visited Yerevan last year to impress upon Yerevan that the United States intended to strangle Iran with sanctions, pressured Armenia essentially to take sides, knowing full-well the importance of Yerevan’s unique and strategically important relations with Iran, its neighbor to the south.

He told Armenian authorities at the time to decisively resolve the Karabakh conflict, offering to sell arms directly to Yerevan, while telling Baku that the U.S. would repeal Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act—an amendment to the post-Soviet US assistance effort advanced by the Armenian National Committee of America and its wide grassroots network, restricting aid to Azerbaijan and Turkey until they lifted their blockades of Armenia.

What the new Armenian government was seeking from the United States was renewed dialogue on American investment in Armenia and ways to bolster the strategic U.S.-Armenia relations. Instead what Yerevan got from Bolton was an ultimatum. Bolton was also outspoken, and expressed his dismay about Yerevan’s assistance to Syria via the dispatch of a group of experts to Aleppo to primarily aid in demining efforts in that heavily Armenian-populated city.

At the time of Bolton’s visit to Yerevan, the ANCA spoke out against the U.S. priorities as set out by Bolton, especially as it concerned Azerbaijan and bolstering that military dictatorship to have an upper hand in regional politics.

“The ANCA will continue to press for strict enforcement of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, which – as a matter of law, currently waived by the Administration – restricts certain forms of direct U.S. assistance, including offensive military hardware, to the Azerbaijani government. In light of Baku’s escalating aggression, the ANCA calls upon the White House to discontinue its Section 907 waivers and urges Congress to roll back its waiver authority for this law. Parallel to Section 907 enforcement issues, the ANCA is carefully tracking potential arms export control violations related to Azerbaijan, including the third-party sourcing of sensitive U.S. equipment, software, and services for drones and other weapons systems,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian immediately following Bolton’s remarks in Armenia last fall.

Good riddance to Bolton and his war-mongering agenda that has placed the men and women of the U.S. military in harm’s way and has threatened the security around the world and specifically in Armenia and the region.

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14 Comments

  1. Mike Sarian said:

    Ara
    I agree he was a very hawkish guy who was not pragmatic in dealing with international issues and took very extreme views and wanted to start wars and get US into horrible situation . He was also pressuring as you said Armenia to take these unreasonable potions!
    I am glad he was fired by Trump and FYI his personal secretary is an Armenian lady from California!!!
    Mike

    • Preston Bagrationi said:

      Well said Ara.
      Let us Not forget the “young turks” and the Armenian lady serving the “young turks” news agency in California, USA.
      Just imagine a news agency called “the nazis” and one of the collaborators is a Jewish lady…that will NEVER happen. What’s more, Mossad will be on her tail till the end of her life.
      However, our own ethnic Armenia born and bred Ana Kasparian, unashamedly serves this turkish news agency, which is known to deny the Armenian Genocide.

  2. Tsakoug said:

    No matter what one may think of President Trump, we should ALL write to him to THANK HIM for this move.

  3. Satten Maagar said:

    The fish smells from its head. Bolton will be replaced, very good indeed, however the next one, the 4th in just over 2 years of his presidency where the 1st one will end up in jail soon, will be just the same if not worse, which tells a lot about an administration that has no clue. Afterall, people wanted an outsider and they got one who had never held a government job in his life, did not know or care how government works nor wants to ever know, because his name is Trump. Unbelievable, would anyone go to a plummer instead of a doctor if they had medical issues? Why does anyone believe that someone that does not know how government works can run a government?

  4. HAGOP said:

    BOLTON DID WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO FOR THE U.S.A.!!!!!!!! PRESSURE PRODUCES DIAMONDS SO NOT ALWAYS BAD!!!!!! BOLTON ACTUALLY HELPED ARMENIA GROW BALLS AND STAND FIRM AGAINST DIRECT PRESSURE FROM A SUPERPOWER SO ARMENIA NEEDS TO THANK BOLTON!!!!!!!!!! ARMENIA MUST DO SAME THING TO RUSSIA!!!! ALL NATIONS THINK OF THEMSELVES #1. NOBODY ELSE!!!! USE YOUR BRAIN ARA KACHATOORIAN AND AKNOWLAGE THAT NOT EVERYTHING BOLTON DID HURT ARMENIA!!!!! ARMENIA GRADUATED FROM BOLTON UNIVERSITY OF PRESSURE AND PASSED!!!!

    • Masis said:

      That logic is grossly flawed. Perhaps an armed intruder into you home will pressure you into defending your family successfully. Perhaps you won’t. Why do we have to tolerate others treating us poorly and find excuses for them? Is it a Genocide victim’s passive accepting role?

      Bolton was a neo Con nut job. In your jargon, Iran put pressure on Bolton and Bolton failed–not a diamond this time, just graphite.

      Armenia is growing balls but Bolton should get credit for that. As shouldn’t Turks who have solidified our conviction to maintain our roots and remember our forefathers.

    • Satten Maagar said:

      If it was up to Bolton, the US would be in 5 wars right now if not more. Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Korea. What Bolton is supposed to do is go back to Fox Entertainment and entertain his right wing Neo-cons all day long like he used to. When was the last time you looked at the map of Armenia. Surrounded by enemies, no sea or rail outlet, economy in shambles and corruption equeling almost to the Trump administration. Armenia is going to stand up to the superpowers? Really? It must be nice to live in La-La land.

  5. GB said:

    I wonder how much these phony politicians can dictate wrong messages to countries that have no leadership! I am glad that Armenia is not one of them!

  6. joe said:

    Bolton = Israel first. ALL ELSE last. He will go to any length including sending other’s kids and money..And that’s been proven.

  7. Preston Bagrationi said:

    Dear fellow Armenians.
    This was in response to Ara.
    PLEASE READ, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

    Well said Ara.
    Let us Not forget the Armenian lady serving the “young turks” news agency in California, USA.
    Just imagine a news agency called “the nazis” and one of the collaborators is a Jewish lady…that will NEVER happen. What’s more, Mossad will be on her tail till the end of her life.
    However, our own ethnic Armenia born and bred Ana Kasparian, unashamedly serves this turkish news agency, which is known to deny the Armenian Genocide.
    We have had a lot of collaborators, cowards, spies who worked for the enemy. But we will stand strong and will not give one inch of our rights to any government, be it Russian, turkish, azeri or American.

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