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Fox’s John Bolton: The Arab States Will Be “Very Happy” If Israel Bombs Iran

Reported by Ellen - November 14, 2011 -

While the media has been focusing on Herman Cain and Rick Perry, Fox News chickenhawks are salivating again to bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. Last week (11/7/11), former U.N. Ambassador and Fox News contributor John Bolton not only argued that the situation is so urgent that military action should have already been taken, he announced that the Arab States will be “very happy” once it does. Hmmm, didn’t we hear something similar in the run up to the invasion of Iraq? Host Greta Van Susteren didn’t seem to notice.

Rather than challenge Bolton's warmongering, Van Susteren started the discussion with Bolton by regurgitating the hawkish view that Iran has threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” In fact, that interpretation of some past remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at best under dispute. But it was presented as unquestioned fact by Van Susteren.

Bolton, not surprisingly, didn’t correct the record. He’s a guy who has been hungering for war against Iran for more than four years. Not that he’s ever spent a minute risking his own fanny in a war. Heck, he never even served in the military. But that hasn’t stopped him from cheerleading the prospect of other people fighting and dying.

Bolton told Van Susteren:

It is a mistake to believe that the entire Middle East will break out in conflict. The Arab states – Saudi Arabia, the other Arab states of the Gulf region – don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons any more than Israel does. So while they may criticize Israel publicly, quietly and privately they will be very happy that Iran has come to the fate that it will.

Bolton said we don’t know how much longer until Iran gets the bomb but we’d better not wait! “I don’t think it’s worth waiting around for. If you miss it, even by a few weeks, then Iran’s response is nuclear retaliation. Look, Israel should have done this a long time ago or the United States should have done it a long time ago.”



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