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Posted by on Jan 31, 2007 in War | 9 comments

Bolton: Unified Iraq Is Not In U.S. Strategical Interest

bogusgold_john_bolton_small.jpgUN Ambassador has made some comments that will likely raise eyebrows in the Bush administration, and not just because of his still-weird facial hair:

Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations John Bolton said in an interview published in France that the United States has “no strategic interest” in a united Iraq.

Bolton, who resigned last month from his temporary appointment as U.N. ambassador, also told the French daily Le Monde that U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration acted too slowly to hand power over to Iraqis after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003.

“We did a disservice to Iraqis by depriving them of political leaders,” Bolton was quoted as saying, adding that the Coalition Provisional Authority that initially ran Iraq allowed terrorists to regroup. Bolton was speaking in English, and the interview was published in French. An English-language copy of the interview was not available.

So did something suffer in the translation? Maybe, but it certainly sounds like Bolton and what some have said more quietly.

Bolton was always blunt-spoken and it sounds as if now that he’s out of the administration he’s not sugar coating his comments for them, either. Such as:

Bolton suggested in the interview that the United States shouldn’t necessarily keep Iraq from splitting up. The Bush administration and the Iraqi government have said they don’t want Iraq divided.

“The United States has no strategic interest in the fact that there’s one Iraq, or three Iraqs,” he was quoted as saying. “We have a strategic interest in the fact of ensuring that what emerges is not a state in complete collapse, which could become a refuge for terrorists or a terrorist state.”

And apparently this criticism from Bolton is getting to be something of a habit:

The comments marked the second time in less than a week that Bolton had criticized the Bush administration’s policy. On Fox News last week, he said the United States may not be able to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons because it was following a flawed diplomatic strategy.

What is emerging now on several fronts can perhaps be most accurately traced to the roll out of Bob Woodward’s State of Denial before the 2006 elections. That book pulled away the Wizard of Oz curtain to reveal an administration headstrong in its convictions, determined to impliment specific policies but falling short of what so many administrations have done: truly weighing and taking into consideration alternate policies from preferered ones, pondering the full extent of consquences from policy options and ensuring skillful policy implementation.

The Bolton comments again underscore the disconnect between the (sometimes) slickly pitched spin on issues and the reality of what’s happening in actual practice. The administration seldom has admitted when it was wrong but now there are an awful lot of politicians and officials from both parties who are ready to admit it for them.

PS: If this story gains “legs” should we take bets on how long it’ll be before Bolton gets a call and clarifies what he REALLY meant and said?

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  • Upinsmoke

    Yeah I agree with him. I think his assertion that we acted too slowly and made all kinds of mistakes in Iraq is true.

    This administration has bungled IRAQ mightily. You might think Im a GWB apologist but I am not. I am not in favor of the IRAQ war.

    I am in favor of making things right there before we leave. I am not in favor of cutting and running. I am not in favor of Failure because its easier then Success.

    I would only say that this administration is not too schooled nor savvy in the ways of nation building. I propose that any other administration would not have done very well here either for the simple fact that we are not a nation building country and have very little experience in it…..Sorry but most of those involved in Japan and Germany have long since died off….so they are not much help either.

  • Rudi

    How dare he make these comments to the French. They are surrender monkeys on par with Kuwait. I am going to pile all his writings and press and burn them with copies of the Dixie Chicks. These traitors cannot weaken our CiC during the upcoming Iranian War.

  • How dare he make these comments to the French. They are surrender monkeys on par with Kuwait. I am going to pile all his writings and press and burn them with copies of the Dixie Chicks. These traitors cannot weaken our CiC during the upcoming Iranian War.

    I laughed so hard just now…LMAO

  • Laura

    The Kurds should be given their own state.

  • kritter

    Rudi- LMAO! That was a hilarious comment.

    Maybe Bremer can reprise his CPA role after we topple Ahmadinejad.GW can get out the 2006 bigwig GOP donor list, and weed out the ones who disagree with his views on gay marriage for staffers. Don’t the Iranians deserve to have the winds of freedom blowing in from the Straits of Hormooz???

  • Rudi

    For a little BITING humor I recommend Balloon Juice. In discussions over Iran/Iraq one commenter opines that W will invade ‘Hallmarkistan’. Imagine the cards and flowers thrown ny the people of ‘Halmarkisatn’.

  • kritter

    Sounds like you’d need to tap Borat for good will ambassador, so they’d know that we care enough to send the very best!

  • Holy crap Laura said something constructive! I agree, there should be a Kurdistan formed out of pieces of Iraq, Turkey, and Iran.

  • kritter

    Wow, you’re right, C Prez. I never thought I’d see the day when the two of you agreed on anything! Well, I’d have to agree, I guess.

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