Less than a year ago, John Bolton was reduced to penning op-eds complaining about being a persona non grata at the White House – a ban supposedly enforced by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

One National Review article that detailed Bolton’s multi-step plan for withdrawing from the the Iran nuclear deal, included a preamble that read like a distress flare out at open sea. He claimed that his once open West Wing invitation had been revoked and that “staff changes at the White House have made presenting [the plan] to President Trump impossible.”

Well, the times have certainly changed.

Last Thursday, after the resignation of three-star General H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor, Bolton was promptly pegged for the post. The move created furor on both sides of the aisle and sparked intense international criticism.

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