Former Bush administration ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday that economic sanctions on Iran and assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists are “half-measures” and that bombing Iran is a better option.
“Half-measures like assassinations or sanctions are only going to produce the crisis more quickly,” Bolton said. “The better way to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons is to attack its nuclear weapons program directly.”
The harsh U.S.-led economic sanctions that have been placed on Iran are supposedly an attempt to curb its nuclear ambitions, despite a recognition on the part of the entire U.S. intelligence community, the Obama administration, and the latest IAEA report that Iran’s nuclear program is civilian in nature.
The U.S. denies involvement in a series of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, the latest of which occurred this week and which would be a violation of international law if part of a covert program. Still, the murders are widely thought to be the work of U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies, and apparently that is the view of John Bolton as well.
The prospect of a military attack on Iran would not only be devastating to Iranian civilians and extremely costly for the U.S., but it is highly unlikely to be effective in forcing Iran to give up its (civilian) nuclear program and would likely set off a regional conflagration that would be more violent than when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, under similar pretexts.
“I think all of these efforts are doomed to failure,” Bolton said, “and in fact the consequence of increasing the sanctions is simply to persuade Iran to finish — to get on with the business of finishing its nuclear weapon.”
Here Bolton recognizes that U.S. aggression towards Iran – which currently includes an elaborate spy program, cyber-attacks, commercial sabotage, proxy wars, and garrisoning Iran’s surroundings with provocative militarism – only increases the threat environment for Iran and increases the likelihood that the regime decides to attain a nuclear deterrent. Still, he and others of his elite station, argue for another war.
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Among neocons this one stands out as completely insane. What happened to this guy? Good grief.
Does actually believe the bull he preaches or is does he have some mild awareness of the tool that the is, in both senses.
"…to get on with the business of finishing its nuclear weapon.” What nuclear (nuculear?) weapon you moron?
The US should have a new law–whichever Neo-Con who advocates for a war should be first in line to serve :at the front of the front."
Someone should strap this clown to the first bomb dropped – because I know there's going to be a first bomb dropped. They want this war soooooo bad.
i am a pacifist but i am not ashamed to say that in this case i hope iran captures john bolton and water boards him, sicks dogs on him, piles him on top of other war mongering treacherous israel firsters and sodomizes him with a scale model of the UN building.
And then pees on him.
yes, and then that..
I still believe that Hitler was a catastrophe for Germany.German people was able to get out from the hard situation in which he was following an other way how was seen after the 1945 totally defeat.But if Germany was humbled by one Hitler US has reasons to worry:indeed America is in an economic crisis and the number of Hitlers imitating him in fanaticism,messianism is immense.You can't hear a distinct voice from Bolton's bark in US politics medium
Hermann Bolton always want to use the Luftwaffe!
What a slap in the face to Newt Gingrich, who had said just last month he wanted Bolton as his Secretary of State. Wonder what Romney offered?
Newt's been purchased by Sheldon Adelson. What'd you expect him to say? Politics is the world's second oldest profession and for $5 million you get a lot of action, even from 68 year old Newt.
He wants a war.
On what grounds?
Can you just go around attacking nations, murdering their population and plundering their resources?
I thought, until Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, that there had to be a reason.
And people like him call islam a 7th century cult.
It may be but so is neo capitalism and neo conservatism. Robber barons. Lords and serfs.
Both lot need to get int the 21st century.
But the bullies of the playground have no reason, decency or honour and until the rest of the planet gets smart and gangs together to bring these bullies down, they will continue to prey on the weaker.
Okay John, if you really feel that strongly about it; here's your rifle, here is your parachute. We ran out of those green camo fatigues but we got you one of the left-over orange jump suits from Abu Ghraib. Watch your step climbing into that airplane and we will call Ahmadinejad and tell him you are on your way to kick his ass all by yourself.
But after that whopper you all were telling us about Iraq's nuclear threat, don;t expect us to send our kids along with you to whupass on another one of those nations Israel has worked so hard to make an enemy of for the last 30 years.
He is a dangerous wacko.
I think every single member of the House or Senate that votes for war should be immediately shipped to the front lines or the local command center in non-combat diplomatic positions to ensure that the war goes accordingly.
They would have to live in the area of the conflict for the entirety of the offensive and perform their duties remotely by internet or teleconference. All regular travel and perks would be suspended during times of intervention from start to finish. They should be responsible for their actions by remaining close to battle at all times to ensure its success.
How can we make that happen?
Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution, Revolution.
Bolton should be made to walk through Tehran with the star of david painted on his chest. This cretin deserves the horror that he obssesses about doing to others. I am not sure how such an imbocile got so far in the US government, but most likely it was AIPAC.
These big big bombs appeal to impotent little men to the millionth degree.
This idiot at work with his criminal lies again. That he doesn't care about the thousands upon thousands of dead, to say nothing of the suffering, destruction, plundering that a war will bring is a monument to the "philosophy" of these subhumans. And those who suffered an Holocaust over 60 years ago are doing their best to improve on the crimes of the Nazis. Israel, when it sees itself in the mirror, wears a Waffen SS uniform with the swastika.
Bolton- truly dangerous, seemingly insane but has powerful connections and supporters in corridors of power. Definitely hates all Muslims, craves to see them 'punished' for offending him (their existence offends him, and probably so does yours if you don't worship war and adore Israel).
Long Known as "Bonkers" Bolton. I sat with several Friends who are Qualified Psychiatrists when he appeared on Television and started one of his rants and every one sat startled, When I told them that this was the Former Ambassador to the UN for the United Statest they were aghast, Every one of them said he was insane, not just mad but really clinically insane.
Gingrich wanted him for his Secretary of State, Wouldnt get the nod from the Senate thankfully, the man should be locked up in an Insane asylum, because he really is insane.
As for Neocons and war sending them is of little use, send their families and their children over 18 no children their siblings children, Front line on the ground from the first day of battle until the war is finished, the Bush Girls would still be in Afghanistan today Jebb as well etc. How quick would have Afghanistan have been, Iraq would never have happenned.
The Israeli nanobots hide in Bolton's mustache during the day. When he goes to bed and falls asleep, dreaming about sex with Golda Meir, they scurry up his nose into his brain and emit this deep space electromagnetic radiation, which zionizes Bolton's neurochemicals and brain matter. Just before he wakes, he has a series of terrible nightmares in which Shitte Mullahs dressed in leather chaps whip him and waterboard him until he wakes up. Then he is ready for his day.
Are we becoming !940 Germany? I wonder how money war did Germany handled at one time compare to US war against Muslim nation? How money Jews did Hitler killed compare to how many Muslim we killing today. I wonder if Germany had something similar to what 9/11 was in order to wage all these war and made the German to think that the wars are for peace. I just wonder…..
A consistent "Modern Era" reality is that those who want war, are those who will not take part in the war. The First World War saw the likes of Kitchener committing millions to certain death, whilst he sat with the "Generals" in Whitehall. Fast forward to the Second World War and we see more of the same – Churchill sitting on his bum yacking on (you'll be ceertain HE wasn't going to be doing ANY of the "fighting on the Beaches" – that was for the reservists ("Dad's Army"). Same goes for De Gaulle hiding out in Canada, but demanding the UK and others commit more troops to save "his" country – and then after the War, deciding that "non-French Nationals" were not really "good enough" to be awarded medals. Possibly the final insult was De Gaulle saying "Non" to the UK joining the EU – OK to fight for France, not good enough for the "New Europe".
And you wonder why the Brits (and others) hate the French????
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