Skip to comments.Bolton: Bush 'doesn't see sanctions can't stop Iran now'
Posted on 06/26/2007 5:43:33 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary
Sanctions and diplomacy have failed and it may be too late for internal opposition to oust the Islamist regime, leaving only military intervention to stop Iran's drive to nuclear weapons, the US's former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Worse still, according to Ambassador Bolton, the Bush administration does not recognize the urgency of the hour and that the options are now limited to only the possibility of regime change from within or a last-resort military intervention, and it is still clinging to the dangerous and misguided belief that sanctions can be effective.
As a consequence, Bolton said he was "very worried" about the well-being of Israel. If he were in Israel's predicament, he said, "I'd be pushing the US very hard. I am pushing the US [administration] very hard, from the outside, in Washington."
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See my tagline....
Bush vision tainted?
Color me shocked!
A comma for the headline, oh for a comma! :-)
Regarding your tagline, You are Wise my friend......
A nuclear-armed, jihadist-infested Iran isn't good for America either, to put it mildly. No need for Bush to be gun shy -- this won't be an occupation/nation-building/social-engineering effort. (In fact, that would be most undesirable for too many reasons to list). Just sink their navy, take out their nuke sites, and be done with it.
Worse still, according to Ambassador Bolton, the Bush administration does not recognize the urgency of the hour and that the options are now limited to only the possibility of regime change from within or a last-resort military intervention, and it is still clinging to the dangerous and misguided belief that sanctions can be effective.Maybe Bush converted to Islam and didn't tell anyone. Maybe Aliens ate his brain and left his body to shamble about the White House to scare children and support dangerous legislation. What happened to the damned president!? This like the Manchurian Candidate only not the wretched remake but the original thriller.
This is just more of what I have been getting for the last few weeks in email. This Administration is seriously out of whack with the real world right now and it is starting to get freaky.
We have a long time to go before the election and people better wake up that this is not some lark for President but we are facing massive problems that are being left by this Administration and their kumbaya. If Bush, Cheney, and Rove and their puppets support a candidate, you all had better ask why? Not donors because some donors are donating to more than one candidate but political operatives associated with Bush/Cheney/Rove because most people don’t want a Bush around them again.
Bolton on Iran ping.
I like your tagline. ;)
Bush is “too good” a man. I don’t think FDR or Truman spent every Sunday receiving a steady stream of kin for brunch in the White House. The emotional toll is probably clouding his judgment, and I think even his immigration views are being shaped by a fragile heart with no logic whatsoever.
Lately, so much of what he says and does (not just immigration) makes me wonder just who the heck we elected. I don’t think this was what I signed on for when I voted last time.
""We have fiddled away four years, in which Europe tried to persuade Iran to give up voluntarily," he complained. "Iran in those four years mastered uranium conversion from solid to gas and now enrichment to weapons grade... We lost four years to feckless European diplomacy and our options are very limited.""
If Iran attacks DC, the government will relocate to the secret Southern White House inside Mount Popocatépetl. From there, the United States of Mexico will launch a furious response with the “piñata II” cruise missile, which will rain UN warnings down upon a terrified Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Clearly, a lot pf people in DC don’t give a damn what we the people think.
So others are seeing this self-defeatist attiude in the president as well.
Not exactly a reassusing quality for a CIC.
Bolton gets it. Bush and the Europeans don’t !!!
If you’re shocked.. i’m awed...
at the stupidity of our government.
I respect Mr. Bolton.
This is sad business.
GWB could not garner enough support to invade his Texas ranch garage right now.
Seems that GWB does not / has not recognized the urgency of a few issues.
Lock and load, Israel. And may God be with you.
I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.
Our politicians have been gelded by the press and their thirst for incumbent power.
So currently the only guy I see pulling for our country, as a country, is Bolton. And he’s ignored by half the country for the sake of partisan politics or pure pacifisms.
We’re in deep deep doodoo the likes we’ve not seen before.
It’s not their power that’s as much as it is their ambitions and their support for terror that matter so much. But without a credible deterrence in the area, they are able to delude themselves into believing their power cannot be checked. If I were an Iranian, I’d be very afraid.
They have not for years, we are now just realizing it.
Commanders veto sank Gulf buildup (Admiral Fallon opposes military move against Iran?)
Top US War Boss: We Cant Ignore Iran [No other way but arrangement with Iran.]
Military action in Iran not in anyones interest, says Gates
Gates declines to say who is winning war on terror
It makes about as much sense as nominating another State-Dept.-advising, third-world-favoring candidate, who has no usable experience for winning a world war.
The dream team.
Most of us figured out that sanctions wouldn’t stop Iran a long, long time ago.
Almost every action for the last year has been bizarre...to include inactions. He must live in a truly insular world where his advisors control his access to reality.
Sorry, but Bush has other priorities right now, specifically, taking care of the cheap labor needs of his corporate buddies. A nuclear Iran sworn to kill Americans around the world is trivial compared to our need at home to have clean toilets and well-manicured lawns.
And why can’t Bolton see that it is more important for the Bush Administration to have negogiations with Iranian mullahs than to talk to his own base which put him in office just because they oppose his amnesty plans.
Don’t you know? When it come to attacking Iran- Mr Bush is worried about what Americans will think.
All we really need are “nice” republicans /sarc
I have refrained from criticizing Bush on the war, for the most part. He started out very well, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Tommy Franks handled things brilliantly. With all the Democrat defeatist talk, he needs our support.
But he totally dropped the ball with the State Department and CIA, which had to coordinate with the military in those places. And he totally dropped the ball with the rules of engagement after the initial invasion of Iraq. And he totally dropped the ball by ignoring Syria. And he totally dropped the ball with Iran.
He didn’t create the Iranian problem, Jimmy Carter did. But he has really screwed up by waiting so long and doing nothing. The Syrian regime should have been deposed three or four years ago. Iran should have been hit before the 2006 elections.
Now, with the Shamnesty Bill, he has totally lost his base. His support is virtually nil. Iran claims to have already made a hundred pounds of activated Plutonium, and no doubt they have it well hidden. Is he planning to wait until they start setting off nukes in our cities before doing anything? Is he planning to wait until our country falls apart and hillary is elected? Does he think she is capable of dealing with Iran?
Bauer (Jack) / Bolton (John) ‘08 -—just dreamin’ ;-)
And Charlie Daniels - Secretary of Defense
Joe, I have about given up.
My best guess is that it is time for us to hunker down. We truly are in deep carp, and yet it isn’t yet time, if you get my drift.
Considering my advanced age, it may not be enough time before I am too old and feeble to do anything but teach the younguns how to grow edibles, can, etc.
But, my heart weeps. And none of the people in DC have a clue, so the country is lost, alas.
Or, just maybe, he has more access to what is actually happening regarding Iran and other NS situations then you do (or Mr. Bolton for that matter)....Nah, he's only the POTUS/CINC....That would be crazy.
Your comments sound exactly out of the playbook the DEMs/DU and MSM tried to attack this man with for years....Just drivel...
Furthermore the notion that it is perhaps our military commanders who don't want a shooting war with Iran at the current time never seems to cross anyone's mind.....This WOT will be fought at the times and places of our choosing....
I think the President knows that sanctions cannot stop Iran. He just want to wait for the opportune moment to strike the nuclear sites of the terrorist regime.
Nah... not hardly. They... the middle east group don’t have a clue if they are pitching of catching. God love them. Simply call... teminex.
and let’s get on with what’s worth getting with.
If we do attack Iran, it must be an activity of three parts.
The first is an air war to destroy their nuclear infrastructure. But that is a temporary measure, as they are correct in assuming that they can (and have the will) to rebuild it.
So it must be accompanied by the partitioning of Iran, to deny it the oil revenues it would need to rebuild its nuclear weapons program. This would amount to a minimum of slicing off Iranian Kurdistan and Iranian Arabic Khuzestan, which has most of its oil wealth. This would also have the added bonus of denying Iran easy access to the Persian Gulf, so they could no longer easily menace the world’s oil supply.
In turn, these minimum partitioned regions would require that we reduce the Iranian military and Revolutionary Guard, so that they could not attempt to recapture the lands occupied respectively by the Kurdish Peshmurga army and the Iraqi Army.
Fortunately, almost all of the peoples in these lands would be more than glad to join with the adjacent peoples, with whom they have far more in common than Persians, who treat them as despised minorities and steal their wealth.
By not attacking, or only minimally attacking Persia proper, especially only military targets in Tehran, it might be possible to avoid inflaming the majority of Persians, who would be far less inclined to be slaughtered to defend the hated and corrupt Mullahs that rule over them. Especially considering how their lives were squandered in the Iran-Iraq War.
So the destruction of their nuclear infrastructure and armed forces can mostly be done by air, with a rapid movement of two or three of our ground divisions currently in Iraq to slice off Kurdistan and Khuzestan, followed by the Kurdish Peshmurga and Iraqi Army.
Other variants to the scheme might include the annexation of Iranian Baluchistan in the southeast by the Pakistani Army, which would further deny Iran the rich mineral wealth of that region; and to utterly destroy and use denial weapons on the Iranian uranium mines in their Azeri territories.
But it is vital that we do not just destroy what of their nuclear infrastructure we can, or else in a decade, just like with Iraq, we will have to invade and conquer the whole of Iran, at much higher cost in lives and treasure.
absolutely on tag line
Considering my advanced age, it may not be enough time before I am too old and feeble to do anything but teach the younguns how to grow edibles, can, etc
You can read this exact same doom and gloom outlooks from every older generation since the 20's.....Novels, diaries, old newspapers, etc....all have the same doom and gloom tone from time to time....
This is not good news. Bolton has never been a drama queen and is usually correct in his assessments. GW and crew effed up big time on this one.
Mr. Bush doesnt have the time to deal with Iran now. He is too busy giving the country to the Mexicans.
Bush is starting to make Lyndon Johnson look like a decent war time President.
Condi Rice is just as weak and misguided as McNamara was.
If they botch this Iran situation, they will be haunted by it forever.
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