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Bolton: Israel to strike Iran after US elections


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Israel is likely to attack Iran in the time between the November presidential election in the US and the inauguration of the new president, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton told the Daily Telegraph in an interview published Tuesday.

Former US ambassador to the...

Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton.
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However, Bolton said he did not believe the US would take part in such a strike. "It's clear that the administration has essentially given up that possibility," he said. "I don't think it's serious any more. If you had asked me a year ago I would have said I thought it was a real possibility. I just don't think it's in the cards."

"The Israelis have one eye on the calendar because of the pace at which the Iranians are proceeding both to develop their nuclear weapons capability and to do things like increase their defenses," Bolton said.

"They're also obviously looking at the American election calendar. My judgment is they would not want to do anything before our election because there's no telling what impact it could have on the election."

Waiting for a new president, however, would cause problems for Israel, according to Bolton. "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," he said. "With McCain they might still be looking at a delay."

Bolton said that the Arab world would publicly denounce such an attack but would privately be pleased.

Referring to Israel's ability to destroy the Iranian nuclear program, Bolton said the key was to break Iran's control over the nuclear fuel cycle. "That could be accomplished for example by destroying the uranium conversion facility at Esfahan or the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz," he said.

"That doesn't end the problem but it buys time during which a more permanent solution might be found.... How long? That would be hard to say. Depends on the extent of the destruction."

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121. #117
Ross - Canada (06/27/2008 02:49)
120. #117: To "CHE" - Post Scriptum (PS). I noticed, that in your #117 you suddenly talk about the RACES, I quote here: "You the Europeans side with Israel
Marek - Sweden (06/26/2008 14:27)
119. #113, "Bannister": About correctness of Bolton.
Marek - Sweden (06/26/2008 10:52)
118. #117: To "CHE".
Marek - Sweden (06/26/2008 10:44)
117. to #109.Marek.
CHE GUEVARA.(The Latin Lover) - Latin America. (06/26/2008 04:12)
116. #105
Ross - Canada (06/26/2008 04:07)
115. Response to #105
Laine - Canada (06/26/2008 01:06)
114. GOOD Timing, GOOD planning, LOVE it.
Middle East Guru - Iran (06/25/2008 20:42)
113. When was Bolton correct?
bannister - USA (06/25/2008 19:19)
112. #105: Very good question indeed - but, another, from the Israeli perspective much more important question is: Can Israel afford to wait ??
Marek - Sweden (06/25/2008 18:40)
111. #24: "Iran's nuclear sites are FAKE. Real ones UNDERGROUND!" - AND NOBODY ELSE KNOWS, BUT ONLY YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS, "CHE GUEVARA" !!! ;-))
Marek - Sweden (06/25/2008 14:32)
110. Reply to son of Iranian diplomat 105: if you want to avoid war make peace with Israel-soon!
Realist - (06/25/2008 14:26)
109. #107: "The US will protect ... ".
Marek - Sweden (06/25/2008 11:49)
108. John Bolton
Prof N. BertramnEW yORK - (06/25/2008 06:56)
107. The US will protect Israel from in coming missiles
Ely - USA (06/25/2008 06:39)
106. #101 the other Bob
raff - USA (06/25/2008 06:35)
105. My question: what is planned for the period after the attack?
Son of Iranian diplomat - Europe (06/25/2008 00:20)
104. To #67 DavZee
Larry A.Williams - USA (06/24/2008 23:55)
103. 21. Bolton and Israeli strikes on Iran another thought
Gary Schroeder - Texas (06/24/2008 23:54)
102. 90. wright of defence (sic)
The other Bob - USA (06/24/2008 23:50)
101. 81. attack
The other Bob - USA (06/24/2008 23:46)
100. Hitler was meaning what he said, and so is Ahmadinejad....
Matt - Basel - Switzerland (06/24/2008 23:21)
99. ha ha ha no doubt u morons elected bush and olmert
The other Bob - USA (06/24/2008 23:15)
98. 22. Buy this book:"The fateful triangle"by Noam Chomsky.
The other Bob - USA (06/24/2008 23:07)
97. 85. Nuking Iran
The other Bob - USA (06/24/2008 22:51)
96. reply to #82
Not Bill Clinton - Great satan (06/24/2008 22:48)
95. reply to #41- what about the wee irish
Not Bill Clinton - greatest satan (06/24/2008 22:44)
94. reply to #51- still booing our national anthem
Not Bill Clinton - great satan (06/24/2008 22:41)
93. To #66, Peggy, USA
Michael - USA (06/24/2008 22:12)
92. Bolton said it best as:
MartyM - USA (06/24/2008 22:13)
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