Bombing Ovation

Bolton Receives Warm Reception as He Tells Congress to Bomb Iran, Support Mojahedin


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Bombing Ovation
by David Shams
24-Jun-2011
 

“I've argued for [military strikes against Iran] for about three and a half years,” John Bolton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee today. “Absent military action against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Iran will have weapons much sooner rather than later,” Bolton said. “It’s a big mistake to conclude, as I believe the Administration has, that a nuclear Iran can be contained and deterred.”

Even as John Bolton called for bombing Iran, President Bush’s controversial former Ambassador to the UN received a warm reception from Republicans and many Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Chairwoman of the committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, even went so far as to say “I love John Bolton.”

In addition to his calls for military action against Iran, Bolton made several bold assertions that went unchallenged by the committee. He claimed that nuclear Iran could not be contained because of the religious beliefs of Iranian leaders, arguing that containment worked against the Soviet Union because its rulers were atheists. Hence, he said, Moscow had valued life more than Tehran does because the Politburo did not believe in the afterlife. "[Soviet leader Nikita] Kruschev was considerably saner than the Iranian regime," Bolton said.

But numerous experts have contradicted Bolton’s argument about Iran’s strategic calculus. The Pentagon concluded in a recently issued report that Tehran is motivated by a cost-benefit analysis and that its “first priority has consistently remained the survival of the regime.”

Bolton also claimed that Iran could enrich enough highly enriched uranium to make one bomb in one and a half months or four bombs in six months, estimates that are dramatically more alarmist than consensus estimates.

But Ollie Heinonen, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University and the International Atomic Energy Agency's former chief of safeguards, who was largely overlooked at the hearing, disagreed with Bolton’s estimates. Heinonen explained that that process could take anywhere from 6 to 12 months, but only if Iran kicked out international inspectors and made an all-out effort to enrich uranium to weapons grade.

The conversation also turned to terrorism. Rep. Duncan (R-SC) claimed that there are extensive links between Iran and al-Qaeda and asked Bolton for his thoughts of the relationship. Bolton responded, “I don't think we know what the connection is, but I think it's something to worry about.” He then conceded there may be “no connection at all” but said that still, the U.S. should be fearful that al-Qaeda could get a nuclear weapon from Iran.

At the same time, Bolton and several members of Congress, including Reps. Sherman and Dana Rohrabacher expressed support for the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, which is designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization that operates as a cult. Before the hearing started, Bolton’s aide approached a group of MEK supporters in attendance and told them that he supported their efforts. Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen even made a point to greet the group and shake the hands of each of the MEK supporters. Even as Bolton called for bombing Iran, he acknowledged doing so would likely ignite a broader regional war, but dismissed the costs as worth the effort. “I think [Iran’s] most likely response would be to unleash Hezbollah and perhaps Hamas for rocket attacks against Israel," Bolton said. No follow up questions were asked on the matter.

David Smas writes for the National Iranian-American Council.


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Bavafa

There is a lot of truth and merit in the following comment

by Bavafa on

"He is a spokesman for the US oil and weapons industries. He and his like constantly rant about "bombing Iran", but have you once heard them asking for an embargo on oil purchase from the islamist regime? "

Perhaps a boycott of their oil with similar consequences as their sanction instead of an embargo which is much harder to obtain and it may amount to declare war, will give the West much moral authority at the same time blow a server and real damage to the Mullah's regime if the West was ever serious in ridding Iran from these tyrant.

Mehrdad


Reality-Bites

A thoroughly obnoxious character...

by Reality-Bites on

...is John Bolton.


Roozbeh_Gilani

he's far from an idiot.

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

He is a spokesman for the US oil and weapons industries. He and his like constantly rant about "bombing Iran", but have you once heard them asking for an embargo on oil purchase from the islamist regime? It was precisely people like him who first toppled Mossadegh's democratically elected government, then later in 1979 decided in Guadalope conference, to support khomeini's islamist fascism take over and prevent a secular democratic government of any form and shape to form in Iran. They are at it once again...

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Djahangir

he's an idiot

by Djahangir on

DJ


Bavafa

Thanks Simorgh jaan

by Bavafa on

The service was done in defense my motherland which at the time was occupied by Saddam's forces and I consider it only as my moral duty and nothing out of ordinary.

And likewise I listen to your opinion and those who express them with civility and a pinch of logic.

Mehrdad


Simorgh5555

Mehrdad

by Simorgh5555 on

I know we disagree on a lot of issues including how to free Iran but you will always be respected and appreciated  for the services you rendered to your country in the first Persian Gulf War. 


Bavafa

At least I am a man and not a coward as…

by Bavafa on

Those who expect Boltons and MKO alike goons to do their job for them.

Mehrdad


Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

An element of Hezbollah, Bavafa!?

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

I have always sensed that despite your artificial disguises! But then again, a man's got to do what a man's got to do to make the ends meet!?

Don't bother responding since I will be ignoring you as if I haven't done it before!


Bavafa

ELS should practice what he preaches

by Bavafa on

Its all in a alike company, ELS, MKO and Bolton

Perhaps we can even gather donations for his next ticket to Iran to see him fighting the Mullah.

Don't forget to take some pix of the dead Mullah under your boot

Mehrdad


Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

What's so strange about Bolton's...!?

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

What's so strange about Bolton's desire to bomb the mullahs and their terrorist constituencies? Hell, Iranians themselves have been praying to God and asking for the bombing of these thugs for the past 32 years!?

It's time to take an all-front military action against the mullahs, their families, their few millions of supporters, and the raggedy old infrastructure that is left over from the late Shah's era which would have to be overhauled anyway which is also the cash cow that keeps the mullahs alive, kicking, and their killing machinery going!?

As for Mujaheddin, despite all the hatreds toward them, they are the ones who were brutally murdered by the elements of Hezbollah (Chomagh Kesh) during the early days of 1979 An-Gholab. If anybody, they have the right to take revenge against the mullahs and their killer machines.

In the absence of members of Iranian.com community volunteering to fight against the mullahs, some other group will take the lead! Hence, MKO! 

Talk is cheap, let's go, Mr. Bolton!


shushtari

as soon as I saw sham works for NIAC

by shushtari on

I knew there would not BE ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS about his paymasters in iran!

I completely disagree with John Bolton on attacking iran....BUT, he has also called for aiding iranian dissidents to overthrow the akhoonds- repeatedly!

 

these guys at NIAC are in bed with the mullahs, all the way.....they always blame someone else for iran's problems....while the real cause is the infestation of our nation with akhoonds, pasdars, and looney basijis

 

hopefully shams' paychecks will be running dry soon :) 


amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

Bolton helps us in a way.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Just by looking at peoples responses we can see how we all have different opinions for what is best for Iran.

Such a shame the late shah wasn't a dictator like ghadaffi.

if he had killed thousands he might have saved millions.

But the down side would have been, Iranians would never realize how unwise and consistently misinformed they are.

It is crystal clear to me that with issues this big Irans fate will be decided by foreigners more than anyone could bare, but we just can't agree, not on principals, not on ideals, not on how to bring them about in the best way.  With that based on what I know from the past I can't see any other solution but support Reza Pahlavi 100%.

I know commies and fundamentalists won't like it, they see him as either a thief or bee-din.  But I personally don't ascribe to either system.


Anahid Hojjati

Yes, Bavafa jan, I know that you are no fan of IRI

by Anahid Hojjati on

Any way, people like Bolton, even though they may say few correct facts, they should not be consulted for decision making regarding Iran. When he was representative to UN, I remember that I hated him for his positions.


Bavafa

Anahid jaan: you may well know that ...

by Bavafa on

I am equally if not less fan of IRI then yourself, nor believe IRI or any other country should posses Nuclear weapon. However the fallacy in the Bolton argument is that chairman Moa who arguably far more brutal and irrational then IRI was contained with nuclear weapon. Israel a fairly religious State, their polices often times guided based on their religion is believed to have Nuclear weapon.

So, here again the argument is not if IRI should be trusted with nuclear bomb, clearly NOT

but the argument is

- The motivation and wisdom of people such as John Bolton

- Their rationality of their aim and prescription

Mehrdad


Bavafa

When you can't argue worth a penny against the substance

by Bavafa on

Change the conversation to some thing else (i.e NIAC) which again not providing worth-a-penny of argument.

If we are to use IC member's opinion a sample of what the majority of Iranians agree on, we can clearly see that any thing "John Bolton" type idea is rather universally rejected by Iranians, as well as the neo-cons idea and plan for Iran by their endorsement and support for MEK and trying to sell this cult as the future of Iran's government.

Mehrdad


MM

Bolton supports nuking Iran too

by MM on

Bolton suggested the following nuking of Iran scenerio in 2009 and he still at it w/ the addition of MKO to the picture.  How far would you take it?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/john-bolton-israel-should_b_321673.html

"Negotiations have failed, and so too have sanctions...So we're at a very unhappy point -- a very unhappy point -- where unless Israel is prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iran's program, Iran will have nuclear weapons in the very near future," he said."

"In other words, the way to avert the danger of a nuclear attack is to launch a nuclear attack."


Anahid Hojjati

Mr. Shams, that was no bold assertion by Bolton

by Anahid Hojjati on

In your article, you noted:"Bolton made several bold assertions that went unchallenged by the committee. He claimed that nuclear Iran could not be contained because of the religious beliefs of Iranian leaders, arguing that containment worked against the Soviet Union because its rulers were atheists. Hence, he said, Moscow had valued life more than Tehran does because the Politburo did not believe in the afterlife. "[Soviet leader Nikita] Kruschev was considerably saner than the Iranian regime," Bolton said. "

Mr. Shams, I am not a fan of bolton but what you quoted from Bolton is true. Soviet union leaders valued life more than IRI leaders.


mahmoudg

I dislike NIAC

by mahmoudg on

because of their support for the Islamic Rapist Regime.  I support Bolton for standing up for  the people of Iran.  He is one of the many who realize the removing of the leeches in Iran can only be accomplished by force.  The collateral damage of the 200 K or so Basij or IRGC milita is a very acceptable number.  Compare that to millions the Islamists would kill if they continue in power.  The numbers tell the true story.  I disagree that the MKO should be supported.  Their ascension to power would be a calamity worse than that of the Mullahs.  Lets move towards a democracy ala the US kind. 


Maryam Hojjat

So, David Shams is NIAC writer

by Maryam Hojjat on

Is not this article opposes what NIAC preaches daily?


Fred

NIAC lobby

by Fred on

For years NIAC lobby and its chief lobbyist, said the best way is to “unconditionally” talk with the Islamist Rapists.

Obama tired, Islamist Rapists rejected it.

Now that lobbying effort by NIAC lobby has backfired giving people like Bolton the ammunition they needed to justify their military approach.

NIAC lobby opposes oil sanction, opposes most if not all meaningful pressures on the Islamist Rapists, what else does  NIAC lobby with well documented connection with some elements of the Islamist Rapists expect?