I think Bolton was the right guy. His general position is that you really can't make deals with actors like the Taliban, N Korea, Iran, Palestinians... et al. I agree with that general premise.
If we wait long enough before wiping these actors off the face of the Earth, particularly those with access to missiles and nukes, we're going to wake up one day after suffering an EMP and wonder why the lights don't work. Then it will be too late. In a fraction of a second America will have morphed into a medieval death camp.