DC INSIDERS: The names coming from all sides of the political aisle have one thing in common, they are all D.C. insiders. Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Mattis and now Bolton. These are all people that made careers out of carefully curating the details of policy, diplomacy and bureaucracy that are the bread and butter currency of the Nation’s Capital.
AN ELECTION: John’s ire against Trump, like so many of those of the Washington D.C. elites, is not uncommon. Everyone in D.C. believes they know better than US President Donald J. Trump about anything and everything, except how to “Get to Yes”. Theirs is a culture that values a perpetual status quo more than anything else. The thing is⏤that is exactly what the American People elected Trump to tear down.
CONTROLLING TRUMP: The bottom line is that Bolton, like his other Establishment colleagues wanted to control Trump instead of trust in his abilities to create maneuvering room for them to open new opportunities that the United States could exploit constructively. They do not get the bigger picture. It’s an artifact of being stuck in their boxes. The Trump White house is looking to make deals that create the space for the parties to stop being stuck in endless games of agreements that get cheated on, and move forward into space where new bilateral progress can be created.
CHANGING THE WAY DC DOES BUSINESS, CAN IT BE DONE? It’s a tall order and the topic of the talk today. Joining Malcolm on the program is Dennis Santiago – an American Strategist, focusing on strategic warfare, asymmetric warfare, arms control and global stability.