Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:43 pm Bolton: Obama worse appeaser than French
Bolton: Obama worse appeaser than French
'Only a military option' can stop Iranian nuke quest
By Garth Kant
March 23, 2015
WASHINGTON – At the end of a historic week in which President Obama distanced himself from Israel and drew closer to Iran, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton accused the commander in chief of the “worst act of appeasement by an American president in history, bar none.”
But perhaps Bolton’s worst insult toward Obama’s persistence in trying to negotiate a deal, ostensibly to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, was when he called the president less skeptical than a certain U.S. ally.
“It’s a fine irony that a French socialist government is the only thing between us and this debacle,” quipped the former ambassador.
Invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol on Friday by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, Bolton called negotiating with the Islamic Republic useless, because Iran “knows it will begin violating the deal as soon as it signs it.”
He called the Iranians “experts at negotiations with the U.S.,” because the administration is impatient to make a deal and they are not.
The ambassador portrayed Obama as desperate to strike a deal, “no matter the price,” because “the president thinks this will be his signature achievement in his second term.”
He added: “I don’t think there is an acceptable deal” to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, “as long as this regime remains in power,” because it has violated virtually every commitment it has ever made.
He also insisted Iran will not stop, no matter how long it takes, until it gets both nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets anywhere in the world, including the U.S.
Bolton’s stark bottom line: There is “no option other than a military” solution to stopping Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons.
The ambassador said the leaked details of the current deal are so bad because, over the years, the West has entirely abandoned its original insistence that Iran have no ability to enrich uranium or to extract plutonium from spent reactor fuel. . . . [More]