Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton leaves a meeting in Trump Tower in December 2016. Bolton's appointment to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser -- on the heels of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's replacement with Mike Pompeo -- raises the threat of U.S. military action against North Korea and Iran alike.
The newly designated national security adviser can lend style and substance to the president's most severe policy preferences. A more credible threat of U.S. military action bumps up the already slim chance of a grand bargain on North Korea while raising the odds of confrontation with Iran....
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