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Some Words From Amb. Bolton

by coldwarrior ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Elections 2012, Military, Politics, Special Report at May 19th, 2012 - 10:39 am

Romney’s foreign policy adviser make a few remarks at the Duquesne Club. For your perusal:


Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton fears America’s ‘decline in the world’

Janet Kirk, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, greets Ambassador John Bolton at The Center for Political and Economic Thought and the America’s Future Foundation luncheon at the Duquesne Club Friday, May 18, 2012. In rear is Brad Watson, a professor and co-director of the center at St. Vincent College. Heidi Murrin | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Warning of danger lurking in nearly every corner of the world, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton offered a grim view on Friday of foreign relations in a speech at the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

An increasingly “belligerent” China, the authoritarian Vladimir Putin in Russia, a stumbling ballistic missile program in North Korea and an Iranian nuclear program threaten U.S. interests, Bolton told about 90 people attending the $50-a-plate luncheon in the Walnut Room sponsored by St. Vincent College and the America’s Future Foundation, a conservative/libertarian advocacy group.

As China builds a deep-water navy and anti-ship ballistic missiles to increase its reach in Southeast Asia, “our response over the last eight years has been to say to China: ‘Won’t you please allow your currency to appreciate,’ ” Bolton said. Trade experts agree that China keeps its currency artificially low, which makes its exports cheaper and undercuts other countries’ industries.

Bolton said upcoming negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program aren’t likely to do any good. The talks scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Baghdad will include Iran, and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.

Bolton told the Tribune-Review on Monday that he would prefer going to war with Iran, which he considers the only way to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. If Iran gets nuclear weapons even though the past two American presidents vowed to prevent it, anti-American groups in the region will see it as the United States being “either unable or unwilling to stop it.”

Bolton, a foreign policy advisor to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, criticized President Obama for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, though the withdrawal timeline was negotiated with the Iraqi government in 2008, and agreed to by Bolton’s former boss, President George W. Bush.

The agreement required U.S. combat troops to leave the country by Dec. 31. The last troops left two weeks earlier.

“It is a picture of American decline in the world,” Bolton said.


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4 Responses to “Some Words From Amb. Bolton”
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  1. Bob in Breckenridge
    1 | May 19, 2012 10:59 am

    If he’s not President Romney’s Secretary of State, something is amiss..

  2. Lily
    2 | May 20, 2012 11:36 am

    @ Bob in Breckenridge:

    Well already he’s Romney’s foreign policy advisor so this says a lot.
    Romney for all that want the perfect candidate isn’t stupid like obama.
    So I do forsee Bolton somewhwere in his cabinet if Romney gets elected.
    But the first thing is Romney needs to get elected and obama thrown out.

  3. darkwords
    3 | May 20, 2012 5:05 pm

    bolton would be a good secretary of state or a cheney style VP

  4. RIX
    4 | May 20, 2012 7:11 pm

    Every network affiliate station in Chicago is now
    showing clashes between the cops & protestors.
    The cops are not screwing around & lots of arrests.
    You get the feeling that the yoots want to be
    arrested to get some radical cred.

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