Armando Iannucci, director of “The Death of Stalin”, asks in The Washington Post.” How do you write political satire when politics are a farce?” and “any attempt to present a fictional version of today’s events would never be as crazy as the real thing.” This is certainly true of the absurd arrivals and departures at the Trump White House. In fact, Iannucci argues that “the arrival of John Bolton is more tragedy than comedy.”
          Still, satirists keep trying. Trevor Noah calls Bolton’s “war horny” strategy ‘horrible for keeping peace in the world, though great for tackling an all-you-can -eat buffet.” The Onion, riffing on Bolton’s unchanged defense of the war in Iraq, had him arguing that “the upcoming war with North Korea won’t be a cakewalk like Iraq.”

          And cartoonists had been ridiculing Bolton ever since his interim appointment under the elder George Bush as U.S, representative at the U.N. Magulies showed him arriving at the U.N. in an armored tank to present his credentials. Now Steve Greenberg sees him as the match that could ignite the Trump explosion. And Matt Wuerker depIcts him with a cudgel while announcing “The Bolton doctrine”, transposing Teddy Roosevelt to “walk arrogantly and swing a big stick,’  

          A contrary view comes from conservative cartoonist Mike Ramirez, who shows a Democratic donkey pointing to the accusation:  “The biggest threat to the world: John Bolton”, while ignoring North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, and Islamic extremism.”

          But I’m with the fearful critics:

A cool and calm demeanor is a quality essential
For the national security advisor presidential.
So why the hell did Donald Trump decide to choose John Bolton
Whose temperament is furious and volatile and molten?

Posted on Monday, April 02, 2018 (Archive on Sunday, December 27, 2020)



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