Tom Joad

For Those Who Seek Peace and Justice

John Bolton was considered for
National Security Advisor
 A Clear and Present Danger to Humanity

John BoltonIt seems the danger of this man becoming National Security Advisor has passed. Still, it is indicative of Trump's extremism that he was even considered. It is not a surprise to most of us, but to those who were believers, against all evidence, that a Trump Presidency would somehow be less inclined to support wars of aggression, it might be.  There are many reasons that make clear the very real danger of John Bolton as National Security advisor,or serving in any capacity in the White House. He has proven himself to be an unrepentant warmonger. We are not implying that any alternative likely to be nominated by Trump would not be a danger, given Trump's known extremism, but that is another topic for another web page. Bolton's 2015 op-ed in the New York Times called "To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran" is relatively well-known.   John Bolton's frank talk to AIPAC (American Israel  Public Affairs Committee, a lobby for war and occupation) groupies back in 2007 is not. It should be. I think it is clear that he hopes that US actions might lead to war with Iran, that we can goad Iran to do something that would provide a a pretext for war as he clearly yearned for in 2007. Something to produce the "kind of reaction would produce a counter-reaction that actually would be more beneficial to us. " 

We have a transcript of the conference call with John Bolton, former US Ambassador  to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, and AIPAC, specifically the "American Zionist Call Club" members of AIPAC. 

The full transcript of the 42 minute conversation is here.  PDF file

Below is a  2 minute clip of that conversation that took place January 5th, 2007, a very candid expression of Bolton's view of U.N. resolutions against Iran that were demanded by the U.S.  We also have a audio clip of that portion of the conversation.  Check that out here

Transcript of that portion:

Former Ambassador Bolton: Let me turn now to the question of Iran and what I think the situation is there.  The Security Council just passed a resolution.  The resolution that the Security Council passed at the end of last month imposing certain limited sanctions on Iran, obviously the product of a long effort based on Iran’s refusal to comply with the earlier Security Council resolution that gave them until August 31st to cease their uranium enrichment activities.  I’d have to say because I’m a private citizen and therefore a free man again, and these are my personal views, now, that this sanctions resolution is very disappointing.  It is not as tough as I would have liked to have seen it.  In many respects the Russians did an outstanding job from their point of view in protecting Iran, in narrowing the scope of the sanctions, in limiting the effectiveness, I think, of many of the things that we wanted to try and do to prevent the Iranians from continuing to make progress on their nuclear and ballistic missile programs. 

I think the Iranian reaction to the sanctions resolution has been very telling in that respect, although they’ve passed a resolution in parliament to re-evaluate their relation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, they have not rejected the sanctions resolution, they have not done anything more dramatic, such as withdrawing from the nonproliferation treaty, or throwing out inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which I actually hoped they would do – that that kind of reaction  that actually would be more beneficial to us.

Source: Originally from Pamela Geller Oshry, of "Atlas Shrugs", a pro-AIPAC, right-wing racist blog (hence, no web link).  We thank Geller for her valuable, if unintended assistance.  She freely posted this recording on her website (later to remove it at AIPAC's insistence)  -- we listened and now share its contents with you.  We feel it would be valuable for people to learn what John Bolton had to say.