John Bolton: Forget Syria, Pursue Regime Change in Iran

John Glaser, May 06, 2014

John Bolton is confused. After spending years berating the Obama administration for failing to take action in Syria’s bloody civil war, he has come out against such an intervention…kind of.

John-BoltonIn a piece in the New York Post, Bolton criticizes the administration for “vacillating for three years on whether to arm ‘moderate’ opposition forces, by failing to uphold his ‘red line’ on chemical weapons and by indulging in rhetoric unaccompanied by action.” At the same time, he is coming out of the closet as against supporting the rebels or bombing Damascus: “Washington’s ability to affect the outcome in Syria is decidedly limited; aiding the rebels mainly increases the chances of an al Qaeda regime in Damascus — hardly preferable to the current bloodshed.”

Bravo! This is what non-interventionists have been saying since the beginning. But then, Bolton’s piece trades restraint in Syria for overthrowing the Iranian regime.

[T]he Assad regime, loathsome as it is, couldn’t survive without substantial Iranian assistance. And it is Iran, through its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its decades-long role as international terrorism’s central banker, which poses the central danger.

Instead of focusing on overthrowing Assad or aiding his enemies, we should be vigorously pursuing regime change in Iran.

As a justification for such a policy, Bolton cites “Iran’s unrelenting pursuit of nuclear weapons,” a premise that exists more in John Bolton’s head than in reality. Iran just finished engaging with all the world’s powers on an interim agreement that freezes or rolls back the entirety of Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Under the deal, Iran irreversibly converted its 20% enriched uranium and agreed not to enrich any uranium past 5%. Iran also agreed to having nuclear facilities inspected daily – not weekly – daily to ensure compliance. Last month, the BBC reported that the IAEA has been confirming all along the way that Iran is complying with its end of the deal.

That’s strange behavior for a regime that is “unrelenting” in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Also strange that the entirety of the U.S. intelligence community believes Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.

Another reason Bolton cites for pursuing regime change in Iran is Tehran’s support of terrorist groups. Odd that he can make this argument mere inches away from where he argues that the U.S.’s support of rebel groups in Syria is equivalent to supporting “al Qaeda’s emirs.” The U.S.-backed Gulf states have proven some of the most effective international supporters of terrorism across several decades and especially since the war in Syria started. Is Bolton advocating we overthrow those regimes as well?

Bolton doesn’t come right out and say how the U.S. should overthrow the regime in Tehran. Or, more precisely, he stops short of advocating invasion and war. That’s what virtually all right-wing hawks have been doing: calling for Obama to take strong action, but failing to articulate exactly how, cognizant of the overwhelming public opposition to starting new and totally unnecessary wars.

By any reasonable metric, pursuing regime change in Iran either by gradual covert means or an Iraq-style invasion would be an extreme violation of international law. It would be a war crime with no conceivable security, strategic, legal, or moral justification. Bolton argues for this course of action without any reference to how such harebrained warmongering ended up in Iraq and without any mind to what it would cost and what the likely consequences of it would be. Like I said, the man is confused.




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  4. The time has come, the Walrus Face said, to speak of many things, of nuclear bombs, invading hordes, and money that goes ka-ching. (with sincere apologies to Lewis Carroll)

    How does this neocon nitwit Bolton keep getting media attention, and space for his warmongering opinions? It is surely not because he's ever said anything worth listening to. Every time he opens his mouth he lies, calls for regime change, or lies and calls for regime change. Would Bolton have changed his mind on Syria if the US sponsored "rebels" were not losing? Can he really believe that attacking Iran would not run the risk of installing a government even less agreeable to his paymasters in Washington and Tel Aviv? Does he honestly think that a US military unable to prevail in Afghanistan or Iraq will have better luck in Iran? None of those questions matter, of course, because Bolton is Israel's bought and sold hirsute mouthpiece, and he'll say whatever he's paid to say.

  5. Bolton's opinions make perfect sense when viewed through the lens of an Israel-first neocon. Iran is the last independent actor in the Middle East who can challenge Israeli economic and military hegemony, and thus the last regional actor who can prevent Israeli annexation of Southern Lebanon and more of Syria, therefore in order to pave the way for Greater Israel, Iran must be destroyed.

    Let there be no mistake, Bolton doesn't want "regime change," what good would that do? He and his ilk want the destruction of Iran's infrastructure and economy and preferably the partition of it into ethnic enclaves to ensure that there will never again be a "Persian Empire." Since Israel can't do it on it's own, the US will have to be sacrificed to realize the wildest dreams of Zionism.

  6. Why anyone listens to or pays this lunatic is beyond me. John "Often Wrong but, Never in Doubt" Bolton and his ilk WILL be the death of us all.

    While the America I grew up in becomes a Police State, this nutbag wants more Empire Abroad.

    Dear God, save us from ourselves.

  7. If you are looking for a modernized Stalin. Don't look further, you have your man right in front of you and he is cheap and will attend anywhere, as long as the subject is about war with Iran, Russia, Syria and rest of the world.

  8. Warmonger is hate speech. Arrest that dangerous nutball!

  9. Yes, arrest that nutball. He and other members of the George Warmonger Bush Administration & the Ehud Barack Obama Administration should be locked up in the ICC for the rest of their lives. The Chicago Tribune had a picture of George Warmonger Bush doing a thumbs up and having an idiotic grin on his face. He should spend the rest of his life staring at that picture.

  10. The USA has killed more Iranians – not even counting any other nationality – than Iran has killed people overall, through any means.

    Bolton is a terrorist because of this illegal threat of violence and crime, and the regime he represents is the biggest terrorist group in the world.

  11. That is the war of the United States and Iran's leadership and I do not want that to happen

  12. Is John Bolton Wilfred Brimley's evil twin?

  13. I hope it will not happen

  14. we need to make the best decision for all supporters

  15. if it happened a worst happen, we will

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  17. "And it is Iran, through its pursuit of [fantasy] nuclear weapons and its decades-long role as international terrorism’s central banker [no], which poses the central danger."

    Is it another neocon war he's looking for ?

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  19. Hey,Who is this thug to say he demands regime change. Screw that bastard. I wouldn't mind monkey slapping upside his wicked head. Damn is he a scurge on this planet or what? he and brizenski should have those big black ants in the amazon put down their britches. That would fix 'em. But seriously, we need to let him know that he has 0 power here. He has been around the rothschilds and the rockefellers suckin their asses so long he is delusional. In okie he is nothin but a tick on our ass.Thank you!!Zoe Kore…

  20. If we know what truly happened during the Boer War, then we will understand how governments and the media collaborate to manufacture “history”

    The Boer War was the first historical incident that was completely different to how the accepted history tells us it was. The actuality of what happened to provoke that war and who was behind it wasn’t hidden very deeply, in fact it was barely hidden at all. Cecil Rhodes provoked it by sending 500 heavily armed British mercenaries into the Boer state (The Jameson Raid) in order to provoke a rebellion against the Boer government by the British settlers and merchants living there. The Boers surrounded this group well short of its objective, forced its surrender and humiliated Rhodes and the British Government. Rhodes knew that all he had to do to conquer the Boer state was provoke war, that was the reason for sending those 500 men, he knew they would not succeed, but he knew that sending 500 Britishers to start an uprising of Britishers in the Boer states would provoke the Boers into taking some action against it’s British minority.

    Rhodes could then use his cosy relationship with the British press to spin this into Boer attacks on poor innocent British settlers and that would soon have the
    British public clamouring for it’s government to send troops to teach these damn Boers a lesson for daring to lay hands on British citizens.
    This event fits exactly into the standard model of regime change that we have seen implemented many times since 1945 by the CIA-M16-Mossad (in reality, they largely operate as a single agency). Let us lay it out in it’s basics:
    Send foreign mercenaries into the victim state to foment ‘revolt’.
    Provoke the victim state into using its armed forces to oppose the foreign invaders.
    Have the media present this lawful defensive action by the victim state as the cruel oppression of a dictatorship.
    Send your armed forces to complete the job of regime change.
    Establish a new puppet regime with a banking system consisting of a privately held central bank that issues currency on a debt basis, thus enslaving the population.

    It really is that simple, and it has been carried out so many times, currently it is being done in Syria, a couple of years ago we saw an absolutely blatant and textbook case in Libya, before that Iraq and Afghanistan. In the case of the Boer War, the motivating factor was two-fold, firstly, the Boer states were sat on top of one of the largest gold deposits on the globe, with the extra benefit of their being lots of diamonds and other precious minerals. Secondly, the Boers were a group of Europeans (Dutch Calvanists, French Heugenots, German Protestants) who had turned their back on the established order and had established for themselves an independent homeland outside of the global financial system, they had a government owned and controlled central bank that issued debt-free currency backed by gold, which meant they had zero inflation and zero interest on credit.

    Quite obviously, such a state and financial system is diametrically opposed to how the banking systems of all other countries work (at the time of the Boer War, both Britain and the US had currencies backed by gold but neither had a state-owned and controlled central bank) and was not acceptable to the international bankers who control the world – The Rothschilds and their partners/vassals.

    It was no secret that Cecil Rhodes worked for the Rothschilds and they were the ones who financed all of his murderous, grandiose plans for imperial conquest and exploitation of native peoples. Therefore the Boer war is a straightforward case of an agent of the Rothschilds using Rothschild money to arm a group of mercenary terrorists then sending these gangsters to attack a state from the inside thus provoking war between the state and the state controlled by the Rothschilds (Britain). It is no secret that the Rothschilds loaned the British Government money to finance the war so the 1 million British and Empire troops who served in South Africa were effectively mercenaries hired and paid for by the Rothschilds.

    Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians died as a result, no-one knows how many Boer civilians died, but at least 30,000 died in the British concentration camps alone, no-one knows how many were killed on their own farms and homesteads.

    Boer War helps us to understand how wars are planned, organised, provoked and financed, and who is behind this evil mechanism that slaughters innocent people en-masse in order to funnel all of the world’s gold into the hands of a handful of families who control the world’s financial system.