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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bolton: Condi's wasting her time in the Middle East

The only advantage to John Bolton not being the American ambassador to the United Nations is that he is free to speak his mind. And speak his mind he did in an interview with this week's Sunday Times of London:
Bolton believes that Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, is wasting her time trying to restart the Middle East peace process. The Arab-Israeli conflict was “not a priority”, he added. “I don’t see linkage to Iraq, and Hamas and Fatah are in a state of civil war.”


One of his greatest concerns is the threat to Israel and the West posed by Iran’s nuclear programme. Regime change is “preferable” to striking Iran’s sites, he noted, but “the only course worse than the use of force is an Iran with nuclear weapons”.

The EU3 nations’ years of negotiations with Iran were not a “neutral activity”. Iran used the time to develop its mastery of uranium enrichment — as its own leaders have boasted.

“There are all kinds of ways to change the regime,” he added, citing covert and overt means to topple the theocracy. “We have an extensive diaspora of people with Iranian heritage in America who we don’t use effectively.”

Ultimately, “President Bush has said it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons and he will not accept it.” The same was true of Israel: “They consider a nuclear Iran an existential threat.”
Read the whole thing.



At 5:39 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Rice is a menace.She is both a waste of time and a waste of space. She is no friend of Israel or the Jews. As long as she is Sec. of State, Israel is in danger.

At this point, I really do not understand the President I voted for. I am very worried.

Bolton for President in 2008!

At 7:46 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...

ny nana,

I'm not so sure.

On her first round through Israel on this recent trip she visited with A. Lieberman and not Olmert.

I took that as a sign. Possibly of who th next PM would be. Or at least what actual policies she favors.

I like Bolton for President!


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