John Bolton: No strategic interest with stabilizing Iraq

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I often urge my readers to read news around the globe.  By only reading American news which to say the least is lacking and biased you are only receiving part of the puzzle.  One needs to put the pieces together to get the final picture.  Of course, if you only speak English that may be a bit of a problem!  However, there are dozens of international newspapers available in English.

Unfortunately, globally recognized French newspaper “Le Monde” is not one of them.  So I will do my best to sum up this very interesting article.  Le Monde conducted an interview with former ambassador John Bolton in Paris on January 29, 2007 which was published. 

Mr. Bolton said that “he still continues to believe the fundamental decision to topple Saddam Hussein was a good one.”  iraq_004-742971.jpgHowever, later in the interview he said that the U.S. has made several mistakes in the Iraq War.  One of them being that he believes the U.S. was too slow in transferring control over to Iraq leaders.  He later said that “the U.S. has no strategic interest with stabilizing Iraq whether it be one or three Iraqs.  However, we do have a strategic interest in making sure that whoever is in control of Iraq does not have it completely collapse thus becoming a refuge for terrorists or a terrorist state.” 

Well Mr. Bolton, the U.S. has done a pretty poor job of that.  Before the war, Iraq was not a safe harbor in which Al Qaeda operated nor was it a terrorist state in the sense that it conspired with Al Qaeda to plot attacks against Americans.   Today, it is a terrorist state thanks in part to U.S. policies which brought humanitarian, social and economic devastation to the Iraqi people. 

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