Gingrich slots MEK terrorists’ supporter John Bolton for State

Newt Gingrich says he would appoint John Bolton as Secretary of State in order to “reform” the State Department.

John Bolton

John Bolton

Bolton is an irascible attorney who is horrible to his subordinates, makes Rod Blagojevich look like a paragon of truthfulness, played a role in inserting the notorious, forged “yellowcake uranium from Niger” assertion in George W. Bush’s pre-Iraq War State of the Union address, wants to bomb Iran so badly he sometimes just sits in an F-18 and imagines himself over Isfahan; and, worst of all, he has offered moral support to a terrorist organization, which the Supreme Court rather frowns on.

Bolton spoke at an event in honor of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian terrorist organization that mixes Marxism and Islam (its logo has a hammer and sickle) and has killed many civilians in Iran as well as having at one time targeted Americans. The MEK is on the State Department terrorism list.

MEK Logo

MEK Logo with Hammer and Sickle

Law Professor David Cole pointed out that participants in that conference had potentially broken the law as laid down by Chief Justice John Roberts and by Attorney-General Eric Holder.

Roberts wrote in response to the argument that it should be permitted for American citizens to give good advice even to terrorist groups, as long as they are advocating peaceful approaches:

“Material support meant to “promot[e] peaceable, lawful conduct,”…can further terrorism by foreign groups in multiple ways. “Material support” is a valuable resource by definition. Such support frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends. It also importantly helps lend legitimacy to foreign terrorist groups-legitimacy that makes it easier for those groups to persist, to recruit members, and to raise funds–all of which facilitate more terrorist attacks.”

Did Bolton offer the MEK this sort of ‘material support?’ (In my view he should have the right to do so, but SCOTUS does not agree with me, and I tend to lose in those cases).

As recently as July 26 of this year, Bolton seems to have argued that it is all right to support a terrorist group as long as it opposes the Islamic Republic of Iran and blows the whistle on its activities, and he weirdly praised the MEK as a democratic organization (it is highly regimented and cult-like).

There could be no more iron-clad guarantee that the State Department would be turned into a dysfunctional and demoralized institution than putting the mean-spirited and conspiratorial war-monger Bolton at the head of it.

Surely you are automatically disqualified from running an institution if you support a group that it has designated as a terrorist organization!

Gingrich is unlikely to get to be president, but he’s just given us a glimpse of the looming complete catastrophe.

26 Responses

  1. Oh dear lord. With Bolton and Gingrich calling the shots bombs would be falling on Iran before the swearing in ceremony was over. If I know Newt..he will ask Eric (Netanyahu) Cantor to be his vice pick. Together this team of neocons could finally implement Bill Kristol’s proposal, that being, anyone joing the US military could be made to serve in the Israeli army. After all, Israel is our BFF.

    A Gingrich/Cantor/Bolton administration’s policy would be, Health care? Ha..Get serious!…Trillion dollar wars? Hell Yes!!

  2. Dear Professor Cole

    I can see a billhook (that might be a sickle) and a hand and a rifle in the Logo

    Try as I might, I seem to be suffering from Hammer Blindness and can’t see one.

    • It’s a little hard to discern here, but every rifle has a hammer.

      More to the point, the emblem’s Marxist style of iconography is pretty obvious.

  3. Short of Gingrich actually being elected, at what point does the power of his ideology/perspective become such that it becomes wise to liquidate and move-out? And then, where are you going to go? We’re skating on thin ice here.

  4. If the capitalist, corporate media repeatedly echoed Bolton’s support for a Marxist organization and always connected his name to Marxism he would go the way of Herman Cain.

    • You mean, like the Marxist country our corporations have exploited to replace millions of American manufacturing jobs, thus delivering vast dividends to the 1%, and then relied on to purchase hundreds of billions in US Treasury bonds to prop up our dollar and prevent our collapse?

      Our news organs will not admit that Communist China is the only thing keeping America, and its corrupt polarization of wealth, viable, but they sure as hell won’t criticize it any harder than necessary to keep up our normal level of bigotry against Asian success and to blind us to the treason of our own owners. The MEK is very small fry compared to that.

      Actually, Newt and Bolton might really be stupid enough to start a war with China… I better start stockpiling canned food.

      • China is not in any way “Marxist,” and hasn’t been since shortly after Mao died. They’re state-capitalist, or corporatist.

        • And neither is the MEK, the way Prof. Cole describes it. Yet our media can describe anyone as anything that the military-industrial complex needs them to be described. In the ’60s, we were all assured via many media, down to bad spy movies and “Iron Man” comics, that the Russians weren’t so bad but the Chinese were ultra-crazy sneaky yellow bastards ready to start WWIII as soon as they got the secret formula.

          You could make the argument that the US is also state-capitalist or corporatist, and the Right more so than the Left, yet the Right is more willing to call Obama a Communist than it is the People’s Republic, does so daily and gets away with it. How do we trust any of our information about the outside world when our sources so obviously have an agenda to back the agenda of big business?

    • Jeffrey,

      The Marxist perspective is remarkably limited. It takes one useful insight, and tries to blow it up into an all-encompassing theory of everything. Everything must be explained by the class struggle, and anything that doesn’t fit into that narrow formulation, you’re just supposed to close your eyes and stick your fingers in your ears.

  5. Not that any additional evidence of Bolton’s ethical dysfunctionality is needed, but it’s indicative that in his book “Surrender Is Not an Option,” he wrote that his “happiest moment at State was personally ‘unsigning’ the Rome Statute” that created the International Criminal Court.

  6. As “alfa” on Modoweiss has pointed out, Gingrich is breaking US law by promising to appoint Bolton:

    “Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

    Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code

    link to mondoweiss.net

    • In our New World Order, we don’t really have “laws” in the US any more — just suggestions, that can be followed, or not, according to one’s station in life. Unless your station is amongst the peasantry, of course, where you can get canned into a Prison Industrial Complex facility for a nickel bag of weed, and do forced labor for years and years. And of course a big part of the Neocon Kleptocracy modus operandi is to make sure to control the “law-giving” and enforcement functions, to both render formerly proscribed acts “no longer illegal,” and be able to exercise that deus ex machina called “prosecutorial discretion” in favor of oneself and one’s buddies. “We need to look forward, not backward. Enhanced interrogation is, by our new definition, not torture any more.” Et bloody cetera.

  7. What a chilling feeling to think that no matter how unlikely, it is possible that a man who advocates mass murder would be allowed to hold any position within our Government. Chilling.

  8. How can Gingrich even campaign and get news coverage, he helped Bush organize the illegal bombing and invasion of Iraq? How insane are many Americans? More illegal wars?

    This shows how corrupt the US government and the mass news media are. Are Americans that insane?

    I believe the only solution to the corrupt US government is to vote out all republicans and democrats replacing them with honest 3rd party candidates that will represent the 99% if Americans.

    Can this be done under the existing election laws and processes? Would the manipulated electoral Congress prevent 3rd party candidates from winning?

    Changes must be made so that honest 3rd party candidates can qualify to be placed on election ballots(local to Federal), campaign and win.

    Take the money out of politics.

    All qualified candidates get equal free exposure, time on all public mass news media. Eliminate money control of campaigns. Only intelligent debates, not Quiz Show quickie answers debates. The public must be awakened to the importance of experiencing if and how candidates might perform thorough and researched analyses on debate topics to make intelligent decisions. This is what needs to be shown. Perhaps one topic per debate. Candidates prepare answers with their teams, submit them to Debate Review Board for review and acceptance and copies to all candidates, etc. Real debates showing how candidates would deal with problems. Not the crap of the manipulated debates.

    The US government is failing.

    If Obama is reelected, more of the status quo.

    What can be done?

    Force Obama to issue presidential executive orders changing the election laws and processes? Eliminate the electoral Congress which is obsoleted by the computer age?

    I’m asking for solutions. I’m too politically ignorant to understand how white collar crime is ignored, bank bailouts, secret dealing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, etc.

    Most people I know have given up on the US Government and some will just vote Democratic. The Democrats are almost as corrupt as the Republicans.

    Democracy in America? Tell that to those that have lost their jobs and homes, and not necessarily in this order.

    Politicians, those with law degrees are not educated to run this country. They only learn to tell the best stories and lies.

    • As the bumper stickers said in Louisiana supporting Democrat Edwin Edwards over KKK leader David Duke, “Better the crook than the Nazi.”

  9. I agree with you about Bolton, but isn’t it a bit disingenuous to focus so much of your ire on the fact that he’s a supporter of the MEK, which has been universally feted in the US Congress on many occasions and with whom the State Dept and CIA have openly collaborated in Iraq? Sure, they may be a (possibly-kinda-somewhat reformed) terrorist organization who have attacked Americans in the past, but they have close ties with essentially everybody in Washington.

    • That’s just Bolton’s insane Armageddon project for Monday. Wait ’til you see the ones he has lined up the rest of the week.

    • Well, yeah, that’s the reason he’s been able to get away with it, they are the right kind of terrorist organization. Still makes Bolton a total hypocrite.

  10. What a change it would be from what Hilary has been doing, communicating. Bolton would put us back in the last decade, the worst in our countries history.

  11. The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release

    November 28, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary on President Obama Commemorating World War II (Pacific region) Day

    On Thursday, December 7, World War II (Pacific region) Day, President Obama will speak at an event hosted by the ONE Campaign and (RED), joining former President George W. Bush and others who have been so critical in the worldwide fight against (illegal and immoral) Nuclear proliferation in Iran. The event, called “The Beginning of the End of Iran,” will take place at George Washington University on Thursday morning. More details, including media credentialing information, will be released as they become available.

    When asked by ABC as to how president, Barack Obama is reacting to the latest gossip, namely, “Newt Gingrich says he would appoint John Bolton as Secretary of State in order to “reform” the State Department.” the prompt answer was that it has been settled. As a second question ABC wanted to know, for record, how? The reply was, “John Bolton has accepted Obama administration offer to be a second (unofficial) Commander-in-Chief, while plans are afoot to attack Iran over their secret Nuclear (bomb) Research program (two real estate facilities), as confirmed by US (secret) surveillance drone downed by Iran.

    No more questions, please.

    …and I am Sid Harth@arabuhuru.org

  12. Well according to the debated new National Defense Authorization Act in Congress, the President can arrest and hold indefinitely these people, with no evidence or trial, until the end of the war on terror. Heck, the military is obligated to detain them outside of the Courts’ jurisdiction unless President Obama issues a waiver allowing them access to civilian courts.

    • Well, no, not really. The Defense Authorization Act language refers to members and affiliates of al Qaeda, not just to “terrorists” generally.

      The MEK is not known to have any ties to al Qaeda.

      The text of the relevant sections can be found at this link: link to dailykos.com

      Note the definitions of “covered persons” under Sec 1031, (b) (1) and (2):

      (b) Covered Persons- A covered person under this section is any person as follows:
      (1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks.
      (2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.

      Say what you will about the MEK, but they haven’t been conducting or supporting hostilities against the US in aid of al Qaeda. The Wahabbist fundies in al Qaeda would no more work with these Marxists than they’d work with Saddam Hussein.

  13. Juan, I got some great news for you. When it comes to Bolton, you will prevail. Your view of Bolton’s right to help the MEK will prevail against that Supreme Court decision! I have every confidence in you.

  14. RE: “Newt Gingrich says he would appoint John Bolton as Secretary of State in order to “reform” the State Department.” ~ Cole

    ALSO SEE: Gingrich to Ask John Bolton to be Secretary of State ~ by John Glaser, Antiwar.com, 12/08/11

    (excerpts) Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich announced Wednesday that, if nominated, he would be asking former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton to be his secretary of state…
    ‎…In a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Gingrich said, “If he will accept it, I will ask John Bolton to be secretary of state.” This could be a violation of federal law, which prohibits a candidate from pledging an appointment “for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy.”
    The Gingrich campaign has so far refused to comment on the apparent crime.

    SOURCE – link to news.antiwar.com

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