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The president's newest advisers share his impetuous temperament and preference for bombs over diplomacy.

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I'm scared.

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I don't have anything more savvy, or cool, or nuanced to say. I'm just scared.

Since November 8, 2016, I've felt varying degrees of distress ranging from unease to panic. But whatever Donald Trump has done while in office -- however much he's taunted Kim Jong Un by calling him Little Rocket Man and threatening to bomb North Korea -- at least he had a team around him that seemed a bit cooler headed and diplomatic.

Gone are those days.

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Lately I am dealing with it by turning off the news. But not knowing what's going on won't keep any of us safer from it.

Ousted secretary of state Rex Tillerson at least used to assure North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that we weren't trying to overthrow him.

Tillerson was for the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump doesn't like -- but it's a good deal. The longer Iran has no nukes, the better for all parties concerned.

Now Tillerson is out, and CIA director Mike Pompeo has been picked to replace him. Like Trump, Pompeo hates the Iran deal. Pompeo is more hawkish on North Korea, too.

John Bolton has replaced H.R. McMaster as Trump's National Security Adviser. Bolton is a hawk on pretty much everything and he seems to have no use for diplomacy.

Remember, diplomacy is a nice word for "getting your way without killing anybody." We want America to advance its own interests. I think most of us would prefer to prevent any loss of human lives, including U.S. soldiers, in the process.

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When George W. Bush nominated Bolton to be his ambassador to the United Nations, a horrifying story about Bolton came to light. I've personally met the woman this happened to, Melody Townsel, and I've known her for over a decade.

In 1994, Townsel was working for a U.S. government subcontractor owned by Trump allies Roger Stone and Paul Manafort overseas in Central Asia.

She raised concerns about the prime contractor, then Bolton's employer, whose ineptness was jeopardizing the project. Remember, this was a government project, paid for by, and supposedly in the interest of, U.S. citizens.

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Jill Richardson is the proprietor of the blog La Vida Locavore. She writes on food policy issues and she is currently working on her first book, due out in 2009.

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..."They seem far less likely than their predecessors to calming down dictators like Kim Jong Un who already enjoys threatening the U.S. with nuclear annihilation [italics added]."

Jill, Jill, Jill, chill. Do go on about how terrible the Bolton is. We already know he is a jerk, just as the US/NATO and western hegemony, global dominating bullsh*t is also terrible. You know Jill, some countries are tired of getting pushed around and bullied. Who do you think is the US dictator? Who is the dictator of our foreign policy? So who in the world is doing the enjoying and threatening of the nuclear annihilation? Could it be the THAAD system installed in S. Korea by the US? or the planned missile defense system to be installed in Poland?

Don't be afraid, unless you think Kim Jong Un may be putting a pin in the map to your location, in which case you might want to be a bit more careful about your choice of words.

Don't worry. Be happy that there are not more dictators happily enjoying threatening the US with nuclear annihilation.

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