Bolton: Israel may have to take action on Iran

by Infidelesto on January 21, 2008 · View Comments

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Bolton continues to warn the world about Iran, though Israel seems to be on their own on this one.

Yahoo News – Former US ambassador to the United Nations. John Bolton said on Monday that Israel may have to take military action to prevent its archfoe Iran from acquiring an atomic bomb.

Bolton also said that further UN sanctions against the Islamic republic will be ineffective in stopping Iran’s controversial nuclear programme which Israel and the US believe is aimed at developing a bomb — a claim denied by Tehran.

One can say with some assurance that in the next year the use of force by the United States is highly unlikely,” Bolton told AFP on the sidelines of the Herzliya conference on the balance of Israel’s national security.

That increases the pressure on Israel in that period of time… if it feels Iran is on the verge of acquiring that capability, it brings the decision point home to use force,” he said.

The hawkish former diplomat said that after a US intelligence report published late last year that claimed Iran had suspended a nuclear weapons programme in 2003, the US was unlikely to take military action against it.

The pressure is on Israel now after the National Intelligence Estimate because, I think, the likelihood of American use of force has been dramatically reduced,” he said.

Widely considered the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear power, Israel considers Iran its number one enemy following repeated statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.

Bolton said that military action against Iran should be taken before Tehran acquires a bomb.

The calculus in the region changes dramatically once Iran has nuclear capability, meaning the preemptive use of force or the overthrow of the Iranian regime has to come before they get the weapon,” Bolton said.

If you are worried about an Iran with nuclear weapons and an extreme theological regime in power, the time to take the plan of action is before Iran acquires the weapons.

“Once it acquires the weapons there is a risk of retaliation with nuclear capability and that’s why Israel is in danger — it is a very small country and two or three nuclear weapons (and) there is no more country. The pressure to act is intensive and the window of time available is narrow.”

Bolton also said that despite Iranian threats to hit hard if it is attacked, “their response will be a lot more measured than people think.”

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  • Para Trooper

    This is a f-ing nitemare scenario. I don’t give a shit wat the NIE says, its common sense here folks. The US MUST act. We must have allied air-power also. Europe is within range of a long range nuke-tipped missle. Wat countries will have the balls to come in on a strike? The UK? YES. France? They should, can’t see them not helping. Sarkozy got balls. The Dutch? Yes. They are a pillar of anti-islamic radicalism. Maybe Germany should follow thier lead. Don’t bet on it though, since Merkel listens to her politically correct populace, who will go down without a fight to the moslems. Germany will be the 1st Western European country to fall to the moslems. Thier are plenty of Gulf states that are more than willing to let allied airforces use thier airfields to strike Iran. They are afraid of a nuclear Iran. I would not be surprised if the Israeli’s are allowed to use Gulf states airfields. This is another “HAMMER” blow that has to be delivered. Look for some Gulf states to participate in this. Saudi Arabia didn’t beef up thier airforce for nothing. The UAE. Kuwait. This is the most important airstrike since the bombing of the Osirak reactor, the ’91 Gulf War. Do it right, but for Christ sake, DO IT!!!

  • Infidel_Tabatha

    I don't think there's any way that the Obama administration will act against Iran. Obama has already stated, publicly, that Iran has a 'legitimate' claim to nuclear weapons. What might happen is that America instead pressures Israel to get rid of her nuclear weapons as a condition upon which to persuade Iran not to develop this potential. But Israel – assuming she does have them – MUST retain the nuclear deterrant.

    No other country needs to act against Iran – they all know that Israel will take care of it. Just like Israel was the ONLY nation with the guts to take out Iraq's nuclear facility at Osirik, back in the early 80s.

    Israel was condemned at the time for doing this – but fast forward and the world was mighty happy she'd done it and that Saddam didn't get his claws on nuclear weapons.

    Israel cannot look to America for any support. Not while Mr Hussein is sitting in the White House.

    http://ajewwithaview.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/u

  • Infidel_Tabatha

    I don't think there's any way that the Obama administration will act against Iran. Obama has already stated, publicly, that Iran has a 'legitimate' claim to nuclear weapons. What might happen is that America instead pressures Israel to get rid of her nuclear weapons as a condition upon which to persuade Iran not to develop this potential. But Israel – assuming she does have them – MUST retain the nuclear deterrant.

    No other country needs to act against Iran – they all know that Israel will take care of it. Just like Israel was the ONLY nation with the guts to take out Iraq's nuclear facility at Osirik, back in the early 80s.

    Israel was condemned at the time for doing this – but fast forward and the world was mighty happy she'd done it and that Saddam didn't get his claws on nuclear weapons.

    Israel cannot look to America for any support. Not while Mr Hussein is sitting in the White House.

    http://ajewwithaview.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/u

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