- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Former George W. Bush administration foreign policy hawk John Bolton says President-elect Donald Trump’s win, coupled with the recent “Brexit” vote, presents a unique moment for the U.S. and Britain to get together behind a push for major change in the current world order.

Mr. Bolton, who is reportedly still in the running for a possible cabinet position in the Trump administration, said Washington and London have a rare chance to join forces on aggressive reforms at both the United Nations and NATO.

Writing in Tuesday’s Times of London, Mr. Bolton said that despite Mr. Trump’s campaign complaint that several NATO member governments don’t contribute enough, the president-elect has “made it clear that his intent is to strengthen” the world’s largest military alliance.

One way forward, Mr. Bolton wrote, would be to urgently embrace a proposal from former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar to expand NATO into a global alliance by “admitting new members such as Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Israel.”

Mr. Bolton, who served as the Bush administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, meanwhile, argued that the U.N. presents “the most dramatic opportunity for change in international organizations.”

“Proposals to reform the UN and its affiliated bodies such as the World Bank and the IMF are almost endless,” he wrote, adding that “we should consider privatizing all the development banks, with the possible exception of the one for Africa.”

“We should ask why US taxpayers are compelled to provide subsidized interest rates for loans by international development banks that benefit foreign competitors,” Mr. Bolton wrote, asserting that such “international expenditures will receive exacting scrutiny” during the coming Trump years.

On another front, Mr. Bolton said the Trump victory, together with “Brexit,” present London and Washington with a chance to “fashion a new economic relationship, perhaps involving Canada, with the potential for significant economic growth.

“Let the EU wallow in strangling economic regulation, and the euro albatross that Britain wisely never joined,” he wrote.

While Mr. Trump is said to be considering nominating Mr. Bolton to be secretary of state, there were reports Monday that former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is emerging as the president-elect’s top choice for the position. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker’s name has also been floated.

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