Max Boot got another 15 minutes of fame from a shouty Washington Post piece announcing that he’s no longer a conservative. He’s also no longer a neo-conservative.
Recently, Boot tweeted, “This is why it would be a catastrophe if John Bolton replaces HR McMaster. It would lead to a significantly greater risk of Korean War II, this time with nukes.”
Boot and some Never Trumpers have been tarred as neo-conservatives, but this is the opposite of a neo-conservative. It’s a commonplace lefty talking point.
But here’s Boot on Bolton in better times.
Bolton has been an effective diplomat and bureaucratic operator precisely because he has not tried to win any popularity contests. He has fought for his beliefs, and usually prevailed. In 1991, for instance, he helped push for repeal of the U.N.’s infamous “Zionism is racism” resolution. More recently, he has marshaled an impressive coalition behind the Proliferation Security Initiative designed to stop the spread of nukes. And he did it not by being polite but by being forceful and persuasive.
But now he’s going to start Korean War II. On his own.
Did Bolton change? Or did Max Boot? The answer is rather obvious.
This isn’t about Trump. It’s about leftists going left.
Last month, I wrote that, “Max Boot declared that 2017 was the year he learned about white privilege. What made Max sign on to the left’s most racist creed? Boot complained that President Trump “goes after African-American football players who kneel during the playing of the anthem to protest police brutality.” It only took a year for the former patriot to turn against the anthem. And all it took to turn Boot against the anthem was for Trump to defend it. If President Trump likes the anthem, it must be bad. If racist football players are fighting with Trump, they must be good.”
Now Bolton is bad. And McMaster is good.