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Bolton: Attack Iran, ‘remove’ its leader

Bolton: Attack Iran, ‘remove’ its leader

The Jerusalem Post
September 30, 2007

Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Tory delegates in Britain Sunday that efforts by the UK and the EU to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country.

Bolton said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was “pushing out” and “is not receiving adequate push-back” from the West.
“I don’t think the use of military force is an attractive option, but I would tell you I don’t know what the alternative is.

“Because life is about choices, I think we have to consider the use of military force. I think we have to look at a limited strike against their nuclear facilities.”

He added that any strike should be followed by an attempt to remove the “source of the problem”, Ahmadinejad.

“If we were to strike Iran it should be accompanied by an effort at regime change … The US once had the capability to engineer the clandestine overthrow of governments. I wish we could get it back,” he said.

Bolton said that the fact that only partial intelligence about Iran’s nuclear activity existed should not be used as an excuse not to act.

“Intelligence can be wrong in more than one direction… Responding after they (nuclear devices) are used is unacceptable.”
Bolton also said the UN was “fundamentally irrelevant”.

The former envoy criticized Britain’s “softly softly” approach to Iran’s imprisonment of 15 British sailors in April.

They were released after Ahmadinejad announced he was making a “gift” to the British people. “They [Iran] got no response from the UK or the US. If you were the Iranian leader, what conclusion do you draw?”

 


Brown accused of backing U.S. plans for bombing raids on Iran

Daily Mail
October 2, 2007

Gordon Brown is backing U.S. plans for “surgical” bombing raids on Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, it has been claimed.

A leading American journalist said U.S. commanders had been drawing up plans to target Iran’s nuclear facilities but were told this summer to focus instead on the guards, who have been blamed for attacks on U.S. and British forces in Iraq.

Seymour Hersh, known to have high-level contacts in the Pentagon, said: “During a secure videoconference that took place early this summer, the President told Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, he was thinking of hitting Iranian targets across the border and that the British ‘were on board’.”

Writing in the magazine New Yorker, Hersh continued: “The bombing plan has had its most positive reception from the newly elected government of Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.”

He claimed a retired American general told him Britain “may want to do it to get even” due to the embarrassment of the Revolutionary Guards’ capture of Royal Navy sailors and Marines in March.

But the general added that the “burden of proof” would have to be high to win Mr Brown’s final support due to a “widespread belief in London that Tony Blair’s government was sold a bill of goods by the White House in the build-up to the war against Iraq”.

Hersh said Mr Brown shared the White House view that Iran is five years from building a nuclear bomb and the more pressing threat is its support for terrorist groups.

The White House believes it could fend off criticism of limited strikes against Iran by arguing that they were a defensive action to save soldiers in Iraq.

Hersh, a Pulitzer Prizewinner, wrote the first stories about the abuse of Iraqis by U.S. forces at Abu Ghraib prison.

Downing Street dismissed his claims last night.

Mr Brown’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has made clear in the past that there are no such proposals.”

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