John Bolton says forcing Mubarak out was a ‘big mistake’, calls for the toppling of the Rohani regime in Iran
Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton said earlier this week that forcing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of power was a “big mistake” on the part of the United States, as the Morsi government was in the process of toppling in a Newsmax interview.
“We made big mistake – I said it at the time – in forcing Mubarak out. He’s no Jeffersonian Democrat, but he was an ally of the United States and he supported the Camp David accord with Israel,” Bolton said.
“When Morsi took over about a year ago the Egyptian economy was in the tank and he is has not only not made it better, he has made it worse and that obviously has people understandably upset,” he said.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is not going to take it well if Morsi is forced out of government . . . whatever happens in the short term, this conflict is not going away,” Bolton said.
In addition to his thoughts on Egypt, Mr. Bolton told an audience at a Paris conference that the belief that the election of Hassan Rohani in Iran will have a positive impact on nuclear weapons negotiations is ‘delusional’.
Bolton is actually calling for the toppling of the Rohani regime, according to a post in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
“Many have interpreted Rohani’s election as indicating that there’s a new chance to negotiate with the regime over the nuclear weapons program. This is false. It’s delusional, Bolton said.
“His experience as the regime’s chief nuclear negotiator in 2003 and 2005 was a long record of deceit, deception and delay.”
Bolton predicts Iran will have nuclear weapons in a short period of time under Rohani. “I think this is a time of maximum vulnerability for the West, for the people of Iran, for all of those that don’t want this regime to have nuclear weapons. If we fall for the same line that Rohani peddled successfully ten years ago, we will find that the regime has nuclear weapons in very short order.”
Mr Bolton added: “The only answer is that the policy of the West, and in particular of my country, the United States, has to be not to negotiate with Rohani but to overthrow Rohani.”