John Bolton Delivers Another Head-ScratcherNovember 22, 2007
And when I say “another”, it’s in reference to the Bolton quote I featured here in the Chamber a little while ago.
Today’s nugget is once again on the subject of Iran. Mr. Bolton, appearing on Hardball, is chiming in on Iran’s possible reaction to an attack on their nuclear facilities (h/t NewsBusters):
JOHN BOLTON: I give the Iranians more credit than you [addressing himself to Matthews] do. I think they’re smart enough to understand that an attack against the nuclear program is not directed against them.
I’m not sure if Bolton actually believes this, or if he’s just saying whatever he thinks he needs to in order to sugarcoat his position (which, needless to say, is quite hawkish).
It’s hard not to envision that, after an attack, the Iranian state run TV would run clip after clip of burning buildings and lifeless bodies being dragged out from under the rubble. I’d assume that Ahmadinejad would make sure that the footage played in every TV set in the country, and probably the world. Does Bolton really think that the Iranians are just going to sit there and collectively think “Well, they were just nuclear facilities. They had it coming.” or something like that? I mean, come on.