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…