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There are some news reports that indicate that former UN Ambassador and presidential adviser John R. Bolton might run for the White House in 2012.  As I blogged before, Bolton would be great on the sovereignty issue and is probably a solid mainstream conservative on other issues.  However, he is certainly a national security conservative, too.  Here’s a highlight from Human Events:

Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations that “the first duty of the sovereign, that of protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies, can be performed only by means of a military force.”  Today, failing to protect our national security inevitably endangers our economic prosperity by making us vulnerable to global adversaries.

It is clear that President Obama does not agree with Smith’s wisdom.  Obama’s policies are jeopardizing not only our national security and economy, but our constitutional sovereignty too.

Here’s some Bolton red meat that this conflicted libertarian loves:

In addition, Obama is enamored of European-style schemes for global governance.  He has naïvely called for a world in which America voluntarily gives up its nuclear weapons in hopes that our adversaries do so too.  He yearns to join the International Criminal Court and risks subjecting America’s warriors to prosecutions and trial.Unable to achieve national gun-control legislation at home, he is seeking a backdoor route through an “arms trade treaty” now under negotiation at the United Nations.  Despite his pro forma denials, Obama fundamentally does not believe in American exceptionalism, nor that American strength has ensured our peace and security since World War II​.

I like this conclusion:

To date, in my view, no Republican candidate has persuasively argued that our economic recovery and long-term prosperity are completely intertwined with a strong national security posture.  If no one else is prepared to make that case, I will.

I assume Ambassador Bolton has the two things he needs to make a serious run:  Money and people.  The Pawlenty staffers (who is also a strong national security conservative) are now available!  But what money do you need?  Probably about 15/20 million dollars to do a credible run.  I am not sure where he gets the money from.  But Bolton seems confident.  We’ll see…


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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