For a while, the now ex-national security adviser, who was Trump's eye-catcher in his hard talk about Fox News, was useful to the president – he shared his desire to shake the globe.
But like everyone else, Bolton was welcome in Trump's dysfunctional foreign policy team, standing in the way of his boss's impetuous instincts and looking for some of the headlight.
Only in the bizarre Trump orbit could the emergence of a national security adviser be seen. Ideologues and aggressive hawks are to a certain extent seen as eliminating a stabilizing force. But he did have a look at American interests and the use of US power, which was predictable and logical and within the historical limits of US diplomacy.
With Trump gone, he could have more room to indulge in his more restrained instincts that rarely bring big talk into line with action. And US diplomacy is likely to more accurately reflect its lead author. It will be more impulsive, less strategic, and more focused on creating iconic moments, such as the President's walk to North Korea with Kim Jong Un.
Democratic MP John Garamendi welcomed Bolton's farewell in the face of his "radical" instincts, but warned against instability.
"This president has his own ideas, we often wonder what exactly this idea is … Chaos rules the day," said Garamendi, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, opposite Brooke Baldwin of CNN. [1
Trump desperately in need of foreign victory
Like everything in Trump's foreign policy, there is a political explanation for the recent storm, which shook the White House.
Trump's first term of office is successful in traumatizing US allies and causing disruption around the world, but the big gains the big dealmaker had promised in 2016 are largely absent.
North Korea does not denuclearize despite Trump's embrace. Iran is moving closer to building a nuclear bomb after Trump has withdrawn from an international nuclear deal. China is growing fast and Russia is recovering from interference in the US election.
That's a problem, as Trump is considering a weak record and looking for success – and longs for bullets such as a Nobel Peace Prize – that lie ahead of him The 2020 Election.
Trump's team may face difficulties in achieving major foreign policy breakthroughs in the absence of leverage or expertise. But sensational summits are just as well suited for a White House that even dissects Trump's routine meetings with foreign leaders into campaign highlights designed to distinguish him as a statesman.
"This probably indicates that Trump desperately wants to watch a series of events ahead of the Afghan elections, Iran and North Korea's cosmetics business by 2020, and Bolton's as a roadblock," said Colin Kahl, a former bankrupt Adjutant of the Obama administration, who was attached to the foreign affairs advocacy for America.
While Bolton knows how to blow things up – such as the Iranian nuclear deal – and increasingly blocked the president's photo-diplomacy
And according to CNN sources, he said to Trump so to his face, in contradiction to a call from a president who demands obedience in a manner that is likely to shorten his term of office.
A victory for North Korea