With Bolton’s old “enforcer” Fred Fleitz as NSC Chief of Staff, odds increase on war with Iran. They can now elbow out any honest intelligence on Iran and goad the President into a world-class catastrophe. This time the result would be much worse — geometrically worse.

By Ray McGovern, April 12, 2012 (from the archive, with comment below)
This COULD BE “deja vu all over again.” In the article linked above, Ray gives chapter and verse on Fleitz and Bolton, who are now in position to funnel their own (and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s) skewed “intelligence” to the President, and to thwart any honest intelligence estimate on Iran — as they did before the attack on Iraq. Still, there some reason to believe that Trump will fire Bolton.
What COULD BE be shaping up, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang today, is a deal whereby China and/or Russia will offer North Korea the kind of security guarantees that Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi lacked when he got rid of his fledgling nuclear capability. In that case, Kim Jong-un might agree to step-by-step denuclearization, and Trump might choose to fire Bolton rather allow him to try to sabotage any forward progress on Korea (Nobel Prize anyone?).