John Bolton in Conference Call with AIPAC Members
January 5th, 2007
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We are releasing a transcript of conference call with John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, and AIPAC, specifically the "American Zionist Call Club" members of AIPAC.
Source: Originally from Pamela Geller Oshry, of "Atlas Shrugs", a pro-AIPAC, right-wing Blog. We thank her for her valuable, if unintended assistance. She freely posted this recording on her website (later to remove it at AIPAC's insistence), featuring it with pride -- 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.
The full transcript of the 42 minute conversation is here. PDF file
Below is a smaller 2 minute 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: (emphasis added)
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 would produce a counter-reaction that actually would be more beneficial to us.
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