Bolton: If Mubarak falls in Egypt, Israel should bomb Iran

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:24 EDT
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Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said the ouster of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would speed the timetable for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“Do you think that the Israelis are going to have to strike — they are going to have to take action?” Fox News Republican opinion host Sean Hannity asked the former ambassador on his radio program Monday.

“As you pointed out, ElBaradei ran cover for the Iranians for all those years that he was with the IAEA. And, I just don’t think the Israelis have much longer to wait… they’re going to have to act in fairly short order.”

“I think that’s right,” Bolton responded. “I don’t think there’s much time to act. And I think the fall of a Egyptian government committed to the peace agreement will almost certainly speed that timetable up.”

Bolton chided the protests in Egypt last week, saying that “the real alternative is not Jefferson democracy versus the Mubarak regime, but that it’s the Muslim Brotherhood versus the Mubarak regime, and that has enormous implications for the US, for Israel, and our other friends in the region.”

The former ambassador was appointed to his position by President George W. Bush in 2005 after facing heavy resistance from Democrats. He resigned from his position in December 2006 after failing to be confirmed by the Senate.

Bolton, a neoconservative, has a long history of promoting military strikes on Iran.

In August 2010, he warned that Israel only had eight days to launch an attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities to prevent the nation from acquiring a functioning atomic plant.

“Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they’re in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it,” he told Fox Business Network.

“So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days.”

He also predicted in June 2008 that Israel would attack Iran’s nuclear sites before the next US president was sworn in.

“An Obama victory would rule out military action by the Israelis because they would fear the consequences given the approach Obama has taken to foreign policy,” Bolton said. “With McCain they might still be looking at a delay. Given that time is on Iran’s side, I think the argument for military action is sooner rather than later absent some other development.”

Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant has already been hit with a computer worm that damaged the facilities’ centrifuges. The malicious code, known as “Stuxnet,” is suspected to be a joint American and Israeli effort.

A recent Russian intelligence assessment warned that “Stuxnet” could cause a “Chernobyl-like disaster” should the site be switched on.

Iran continues to maintain its nuclear program is for the peaceful generation of energy, not weapons.

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    … Really? Seriously? I’m a Christian, and even though I believe society is horrible and needs to be fixed, I would never advocate violence or threats to make others conform to what I think they should be. And taking responsibility? When have we shirked blame for, oh, I dunno, the deficit? Also, there is a difference between war and genocide. War for the greater good of mankind (all things considered, which eliminates most wars) is justified by reducing the harms to society. The stupidity of someone attacking conservatives as irresponsible comes only from targeting the lowest members. Your arguments are full of assuming that all members of a group share the basest flaws.

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    If Mubarak falls in Egypt, Israel should bomb Iran? If John Bolton gets cancer, can we laugh?. Probably a portfolio of shares and interests in every major weapons engineering and manufacturing company in the USA, if not and this is not money driven, then I am sure he needs a psychiatrist and hypnotic regression to find out if
    1. Bolton was a complete utter cunt in his last life and hasn’t improved in this one, or 2. Why Bolton has so much anger towards Iran and Iraq and the world at large. You see small greedy minds never think out the consequences of their actions, isn’t that right George Bush!. The future is unfortunately not looking good people. The truth is that Bolton is just one fool among many. God bless the Middle East and all beings. John Bolton go to hell you faciast right wing nazi, war mongering, money grabbing, narrow minded, baby killing Bastard. From a white male in the UK who says enough is enough. NWO and democracy, who do you think you are?. Some people should be left to rule and be ruled the way they like. And as for you Mr Obama, changing history We hardly lead by example, we have killed in every country since the beggining of time and only learned how to kill more people, quicker!. P.S Free Tibet, quite like the Dalai Lama. Will save China for another time :). Signed: The Last Wizard. If Mubarak falls in Egypt, Israel should bomb Iran? Asshole!!!!!. :( Sorry for the swear words, its better to tell it how it is than to sit on the fence, Tax payers money was paying that idiots wages lol……..want change?, rise America and the west and lead the world to a lasting peace.