< Distinguished speaker series

John Bolton

Former National Security Advisor

“Threats Facing the United States”

DATE: September 7, 2022 6:00 pm

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John Bolton has been called the Republican Party’s “most militant foreign policy thinker” and “an advocate of aggressive force who ridicules anyone who disagrees.”  But that description in a New Yorker profile pales compared against the view of the two countries where he’d like to see regime change. A North Korean spokesman called him “human scum” and “a bloodsucker.” As for Iran, as you know from the legal filing, a member of the Revolutionary Guard has just put a $300,000 price on his head.

He’s certainly a hawk, who helped convince Trump to disavow Obama’s nuclear limitation agreement with Iran and an outspoken opponent of the International Criminal Court.

But in the 17 months he served as Donald Trump’s national Security Advisor, the third of four, by the way, critics say he performed heroically. Graeme Wood in the Atlantic described him as the “brakeman trying to keep Trump from conducting his train straight off a half-built bridge.” His was “the most thankless job in Trumpworld.”

Here’s how it worked: “Trumps says something, Bolton says he agrees, then Bolton reinterprets Trump to mean the opposite of what he said and pushes to implement his reinterpretation, presumably with Trump’s blessing.”

Bolton, says Wood, “sometimes sounds less like a national security adviser than a lawyer clawing back the utterances of an uncontrollable client.”

After leaving the White House, Bolton contributed some vital information to the first impeachment, though he didn’t tell all until he wrote his best-selling memoir, The Room Where it Happened.

John Bolton will speak to the Baltimore Council Sept 7 at the Maryland Club. This is his third appearance before the Council, and the two earlier ones in 1999 and 2006 are worth looking up on our YouTube channel.

As many of you know, John Bolton is a Baltimore native and a graduate of the McDonogh School. He graduated Yale Summa Cum Laude and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He’s practiced law in Washington practically ever since, interspersed with public service under every Republican president since Ronald Reagan.  He was General Counsel at the Agency for International Development from 1980-82, Assistant Administrator at USAID 1982-83; Assistant Attorney General 1985-19889, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs 1989-1993, Undersecretary of State for Arms control and International Security 2001-2005.  President George W. Bush named him U.N. Ambassador in 2005, an interim appointment, where he served 16 months.

We are pleased and honored to welcome Ambassador John R. Bolton back to the Baltimore Council.


John Bolton – Former National Security Advisor

“Threats facing the United States”

Personality and opinions of John Bolton:

Background Information on John Bolton

Early life and political experience of John Bolton:

Experience of John Bolton

Boltons’ position with the United Nations:

Bolton as U.S. Ambassador for the United Nations

Threats for the United States Specifically after 9/11:

Realistic Threats Facing the United States

How technological, economical, and social changes pose threats to the United States:

Long Term Threats Facing the United States  

Terrorism and the response to terrorism in the United States:

The Threat of Terrorism

Foreign policy changes with the new administration regarding many countries and nuclear weapons:

Challenges & Threats to Foreign Policy

2021 Annual Threat Assessment – Including Covid-19:

Potential Threats from Different Countries Gaining More Power

Bolton fears that a new nuclear deal will strengthen Iranian ties with Russia:

Bolton Against Bidens Attempt to create a Nuclear Deal with Iran

Assassination plot revealed – $300,000 for the killing of John Bolton

Assassination Plot

Iran behind assassination plot on John Bolton:

Iranian Charged for Assassination Plot Against Bolton

National Security Advisor emphasizes how Iran has targeted the United States:

Threats From Iran

Are John Bolton and Donald Trump too similar?

John Bolton – “The Political Blowtorch”

Strategy differences between Trump and Bolton, including North Korea:

Disputes Between Trump and Bolton

Memoir by John Bolton giving the inside scoop of the Trump Administration:

“The Room Where It Happened” by John Bolton

 Bolton explains that classified material is usually more organized in an appropriate manner:

Bolton on the Mar-a-Lago Investigation 

Bolton admits to planning Coup D’états in different countries:

Bolton Involved in Planning of Coups in Different Countries

Bolton explains why he planned Coup D’états and how they benefit America:

Bolton Planned Coups in the Best Interest of America 

Bolton thinks that the attack would’ve taken much more planning for it to be intentional:

Bolton Doesn’t Believe That Trump was Involved with Attack on Capitol Building