US citizen come in many size and flavor, from anywhere between the opposite ends of the political spectrum, but there is one thing that that all share: they love their country.
Back in 2000, the US election saw George W Bush win by having 0.5% less votes than Al Gore. 4 years later, Bush was reelected with, this time, a 2.5% LEAD over John Kerry; and interestingly, the turnout (% people actually voting) was up 6%.
What happened between those two dates?
The country that was divided over who would be the best president was unified because there were *(^# terrorists who enjoyed killing innocent people by the thousand by flying jetliners into high rise buildings.
Bush approval went from 51% in September 7-10 2001 to 86% between September 14-15 (and 90% by September 21st). And at that point, it was too soon for him to have actually done anything yet, but approval was there. The country was united against a common foe, even if the identification of bin Laden was not yet confirmed, let alone what measures would be taken to eliminate him.
Trump is immensely unpopular, and the reason is not only his political alignment, but his sheer incompetence.
But if there could be a conflict somewhere, he may think that the country would form rank behind him, and boost his popularity.
So, he is looking for a fight.
He insult allies, calling European nations "foe"
He tears up the NAFTA agreement (and re-negotiate what is essentially equivalent, only to have his name on it)
He makes up a border crisis with migrants.
He starts a trade war with China.
He exchanges harsh words with the North Korean dictator
He panders to invading Russian dictators and to journalist killing Arabian crown prince.
Basically, Trump steers the pot in the hope of creating a crisis so that people would be forced to pick side.
So, Trump is looking for a fight,because he thinks a fight would be 'good' for his personal popularity.
He can't fight Irak, Saddam is gone.
He can't fight Syria, ISIS is essentially eliminated, and Putin supports al-Assad.
He can't fight North Korea, because China would not tolerate it.
What is left?
Can't really defend itself; pretty much hated since students took US embassy staff hostage back in 1979 (mind you, 40 years later, most voters are possibly over that already), not directly supported by Russia.
So, they make it a scapegoat. Create a crisis.
There are idiots around who claim that 9/11 was an inside job, that the CIA (or the FBI, or the NSA, or whatever) was actually behind the terrorist attack.
But, if there was, in the next few weeks, a terrorist attack against the US and that the blame is against Iran, I would be one of the first to suggest that this was an inside job, by Trump.
To make himself popular.
The equivalent of an incompetent firefighter who is going around, setting all the houses on fire with a flame thrower just so you'd have to call in the fire brigade.
That is what Bolton has been mandated to do: look for a fight. And if he can't find it, start it in a way that he could blame the other side for starting it.
Trump must go. Now. He is friggin dangerous.