Amb. John Bolton: “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran”
March 30th, 2015 • iizthatiiz
With Iran already reneging on key negotiated understandings to limit their nuclear enrichment program, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton says that it is past the time for the United States to take military action against Iranian nuclear sites.
In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Bolton wrote that Iranian aspirations are propelling the Middle East toward a nuclear arms race.
Neighboring countries are moving forward, driven by fears that Mr. Obama’s diplomacy is fostering a nuclear Iran. Saudi Arabia, keystone of the oil-producing monarchies, has long been expected to move first. No way would the Sunni Saudis allow the Shiite Persians to outpace them in the quest for dominance within Islam and Middle Eastern geopolitical hegemony.
Saudi, Egyptian and Turkish interests are complex and conflicting, but faced with Iran’s threat, all have concluded that nuclear weapons are essential. (New York Times)
Previous efforts to limit nuclear proliferation limited the host countries ability to enrich and process nuclear materials. Barack Obama has gone far past historical precedents, allowing Iran to keep spinning thousands of centrifuges to extract uranium, and even possibly storehouse enriched uranium in-country.
The Obama administration’s increasingly frantic efforts to reach agreement with Iran have spurred demands for ever-greater concessions from Washington. Successive administrations, Democratic and Republican, worked hard, with varying success, to forestall or terminate efforts to acquire nuclear weapons by states as diverse as South Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. Even where civilian nuclear reactors were tolerated, access to the rest of the nuclear fuel cycle was typically avoided. Everyone involved understood why. (New York Times)
Bolton argues that, “The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor in Iraq or its 2007 destruction of a Syrian reactor, designed and built by North Korea, can accomplish what is required.”
An attack need not destroy all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, but by breaking key links in the nuclear-fuel cycle, it could set back its program by three to five years. The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary. (New York Times)
Ambassador Bolton spoke with Fox News host Gretchen Carlson: