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Bolton: Bush 'doesn't see sanctions can't stop Iran now'
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-27-07 | David Horowitz

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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KEYWORDS: bolton; geopolitics; horowitz; iran; proliferation; sanctions; wot
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1 posted on 06/26/2007 5:43:34 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary
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To: Anti-Hillary

See my tagline....


2 posted on 06/26/2007 5:44:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Bush vision tainted?
Color me shocked!


3 posted on 06/26/2007 5:44:34 PM PDT by Build_The_Fence (Mr. Bush....tear up that Bill)
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To: Alouette; SJackson

ping


4 posted on 06/26/2007 5:47:42 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: Anti-Hillary

A comma for the headline, oh for a comma! :-)


5 posted on 06/26/2007 5:47:57 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (Think not of today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Regarding your tagline, You are Wise my friend......


6 posted on 06/26/2007 5:49:10 PM PDT by cmsgop ( "cmsgop" a Mark Goodson / Bill Todman Production)
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To: Anti-Hillary
As a consequence, Bolton said he was "very worried" about the well-being of Israel.

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.

7 posted on 06/26/2007 5:49:19 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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To: Anti-Hillary
Events are moving almost inexorably towards war with Iran unless they pull back from the abyss, and they show no signs of coming to their senses. In fact, recent weeks have made it all too clear that Iran envisions itself as a regional super power.
8 posted on 06/26/2007 5:49:21 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: Anti-Hillary
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.
9 posted on 06/26/2007 5:49:27 PM PDT by Asclepius (the admin moderator ordered me to "lose" my tagline.)
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To: Anti-Hillary

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.


10 posted on 06/26/2007 5:49:43 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Inhofe for Senate 08 -- Broken Glass Republican -- vote out the RATs in 2008)
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To: jveritas; FARS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; knighthawk; Marine_Uncle; SandRat; Steel Wolf; CAP; ...

Bolton on Iran ping.


11 posted on 06/26/2007 5:49:59 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like your tagline. ;)


12 posted on 06/26/2007 5:50:19 PM PDT by MizSterious (Recovering Bushbot)
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To: Build_The_Fence

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.


13 posted on 06/26/2007 5:52:28 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: PhiKapMom

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.


14 posted on 06/26/2007 5:53:03 PM PDT by MizSterious (Recovering Bushbot)
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To: Anti-Hillary
Bolton:

""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.""

15 posted on 06/26/2007 5:53:36 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: elhombrelibre

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.


16 posted on 06/26/2007 5:53:40 PM PDT by xDGx
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To: SteveMcKing

Clearly, a lot pf people in DC don’t give a damn what we the people think.


17 posted on 06/26/2007 5:54:33 PM PDT by Build_The_Fence (Mr. Bush....tear up that Bill)
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To: SteveMcKing

So others are seeing this self-defeatist attiude in the president as well.

Not exactly a reassusing quality for a CIC.


18 posted on 06/26/2007 5:54:53 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Anti-Hillary

Bolton gets it. Bush and the Europeans don’t !!!


19 posted on 06/26/2007 5:55:03 PM PDT by Obie Wan (If)
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To: Build_The_Fence

If you’re shocked.. i’m awed...

at the stupidity of our government.


20 posted on 06/26/2007 5:57:46 PM PDT by pacelvi
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To: elhombrelibre
In fact, recent weeks have made it all too clear that Iran envisions itself as a regional super power.

With the removal of Iraq as a credible enemy, I fear that Iran is a regional super power.
21 posted on 06/26/2007 5:59:08 PM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: Anti-Hillary
according to Ambassador Bolton, the Bush administration does not recognize the urgency of the hour and that the options are now limited

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.

22 posted on 06/26/2007 5:59:24 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Give me 10 days and we'll be at war with those SOB's - I'll make it look like their fault!")
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To: xDGx
"Southern White House inside Mount Popocatépetl."

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

¡Risa!

23 posted on 06/26/2007 6:00:44 PM PDT by Enosh ()
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To: Anti-Hillary

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.


24 posted on 06/26/2007 6:00:51 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (Think not of today.)
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To: HaveHadEnough

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.


25 posted on 06/26/2007 6:05:04 PM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: Build_The_Fence

They have not for years, we are now just realizing it.


26 posted on 06/26/2007 6:06:20 PM PDT by malsipots
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To: Anti-Hillary

Bolton’s right.

Commander’s veto sank Gulf buildup (Admiral Fallon opposes military move against Iran?)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834992/posts

Top US War Boss: We Can’t Ignore Iran [No other way but “arrangement” with Iran.]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1840806/posts

Military action in Iran not in anyones interest, says Gates
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843874/posts

Gates declines to say who is winning war on terror
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1844996/posts

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.


27 posted on 06/26/2007 6:07:04 PM PDT by familyop (Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The dream team.


28 posted on 06/26/2007 6:07:09 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Most of us figured out that sanctions wouldn’t stop Iran a long, long time ago.


29 posted on 06/26/2007 6:08:15 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Anti-Hillary
I fear our President has not only lost the will to fight...he has also lost his mind.

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.

30 posted on 06/26/2007 6:08:54 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: Anti-Hillary

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.


31 posted on 06/26/2007 6:08:56 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: Anti-Hillary

Don’t you know? When it come to attacking Iran- Mr Bush is worried about what Americans will think.


32 posted on 06/26/2007 6:12:52 PM PDT by Revel
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To: elhombrelibre
If I were an Iranian, I’d be very afraid.

I'd be afraid if I lived anywhere in the Middle East. It's like the Dark Ages over there in many ways.
33 posted on 06/26/2007 6:13:44 PM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: Anti-Hillary

All we really need are “nice” republicans /sarc


34 posted on 06/26/2007 6:15:30 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: Anti-Hillary

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?


35 posted on 06/26/2007 6:17:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Bauer (Jack) / Bolton (John) ‘08 -—just dreamin’ ;-)


36 posted on 06/26/2007 6:19:37 PM PDT by NordP (The greatest gift God can give us is LIFE. The greatest gift man can give to another is FREEDOM.)
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To: CaptainK; 2ndDivisionVet

And Charlie Daniels - Secretary of Defense


37 posted on 06/26/2007 6:19:42 PM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: JoeSixPack1

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.


38 posted on 06/26/2007 6:21:04 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: Mariner
He must live in a truly insular world where his advisors control his access to reality.

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....

39 posted on 06/26/2007 6:24:42 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: elhombrelibre

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.


40 posted on 06/26/2007 6:24:57 PM PDT by jveritas (Support the Commander in Chief in Times of War.)
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To: HaveHadEnough

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.


41 posted on 06/26/2007 6:25:09 PM PDT by Bubba (Have we become to civilized to cure our problems?)
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To: Anti-Hillary

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.


42 posted on 06/26/2007 6:25:48 PM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

absolutely on tag line


43 posted on 06/26/2007 6:26:18 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: jacquej
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

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....

44 posted on 06/26/2007 6:26:43 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: Anti-Hillary
After the U.S. is a sanctuary country, Bush will preach tolerance to the Iranians who were afforded amnesty. I’m sure none of them would have any negative thoughts about our Country. Look what our close relation to Saudi Arabia did for the attitude of Saudis illegally in our Country.
45 posted on 06/26/2007 6:30:49 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Anti-Hillary
Maybe Bush is hard of hearing. It wouldn’t be the first time.
46 posted on 06/26/2007 6:32:03 PM PDT by ChessExpert (President Bush might as well say "Read my lips: It is not an amnesty bill")
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To: JoeSixPack1

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.


47 posted on 06/26/2007 6:35:13 PM PDT by reuben kincaid
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To: Anti-Hillary

Mr. Bush doesnt have the time to deal with Iran now. He is too busy giving the country to the Mexicans.


48 posted on 06/26/2007 6:36:12 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: Anti-Hillary

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.


49 posted on 06/26/2007 6:38:16 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (I just became engaged...6/16/07..)
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To: Anti-Hillary
Bush wasn't going to accept a nuclear NK either, but....
50 posted on 06/26/2007 6:40:31 PM PDT by onedoug
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