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With Bolton hiring, U.S. is primed for war

Who is John Bolton?

War is good for autocratic leaders trying to stay in power; the people band together against the enemy and they rally around their leader. Donald Trump is trying to cling to power against the real and growing threats posed by the Russia investigation headed by Robert Mueller (“Trump replaces H.R. McMaster as national security adviser with John Bolton,” March 22).

Four members of President Trump’s circle (Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, and Alex van der Zwaan) have already confessed that they committed crimes related to the probe, and Mr. Mueller has many more indictments outstanding. He is reportedly looking into Trump organization finances, in addition to obstruction of justice. If proved, these serious charges would end Mr. Trump’s presidency at the very least.

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President Trump is desperate to stop Mr. Mueller, and one sure way of doing that would be to fire the special counsel amid the chaos caused by starting a war. John Bolton is universally recognized as someone with extremely warlike views. If not to steer us toward armed conflict, why did President Trump suddenly pick Mr. Bolton and eject the three-star general who would resist going to war?

Bradley Alger, Baltimore

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