There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world, and that’s the United States.”

John Bolton made this statement in 1994, and it immediately reveals the critical problem with his recent confirmation to succeed H. R. McMaster as National Security Advisor: his strictly “America First” attitude. John Bolton has held various government positions, in three Republican administrations, Ronald Reagan’s, George H.W. Bush’s and George W. Bush’s, including the position of Ambassador to the U.N. Now, John Bolton is the Trump administration’s new National Security Advisor, which poses a threat to the standing of the United States, as well as to the stability of the international community, stemming from his aggressive and unilateral attitude towards foreign policy.

Bolton’s foreign policy is radically America-centric, whereas the purpose of the United Nations is to give every country a platform to make its needs and concerns heard by the international community. But John Bolton clearly thinks those needs are irrelevant when compared to the needs of the U.S. His belief that the United States should be in change of the U.N. directly translates to a belief that the U.S. should be in charge of all world affairs, and therefore that the actions of all nations should be dictated by the United States. This is both unfair and irrational, and it shows that John Bolton is either indifferent to or ignorant of the fact that America is not the Earth’s police force. The U.S. does not always get 100% of what it wants, and when that happens we cannot have a National Security Advisor who will storm another country with guns ready because that country did not completely submit to American demands. This shows a clear threat to the security of the entire global community.

In 2008, John Bolton said of a military strike on Iran, “I think that the strategic situation now is that if we don’t respond, the Iranians will take it as a sign of weakness,” and in 2017, Bolton wrote in a Hill opinion article, “Talking to North Korea is worse than a mere waste of time. Negotiations legitimize the dictatorship… Today, only one diplomatic option remains, and it does not involve talking to Pyongyang.” These statements show John Bolton’s uncompromisingly militaristic perspective on American foreign policy; Bolton thinks that negotiation and compromise are signs of weakness that legitimize dictatorships, like that of Kim Jong Un. He believes that the U.S. must always get exactly what it wants and that the only way to accomplish that is through military action. Whether it be killing a proposal in the U.N. or forcing regime change in North Korea, the U.S. must always get what it wants in order to show the country’s strength. What John Bolton does not apparently understand is that the military option is almost never the most ideal; for example, we can see now that the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq and the regime change that followed played a large role in the formation of ISIS. Military action is not always the best long-term solution, and yet John Bolton has been reluctant to consider any other options, fearing perceived American weakness.

John Bolton really is a foreign policy dictator; he subscribes to the “my way, or the highway” philosophy that most totalitarians share. Unfortunately, his having the power to make that idea official American policy is no longer a hypothetical. John Bolton is our National Security Advisor, and so, as long as he has that power, the best we can hope for is that Donald Trump will have the restraint not to listen.