John Bolton's Foreign Policy Is 'Simple Minded'? It's Also 'Nuts'
Tucker Carlson and Neocon John Bolton tussled on Fox News tonight during Bolton’s audition to replace H.R. McMaster, as has been rumored. It was rather contentious.
Bolton started this back and forth with the declaration that “we are in a better place today for Israel having bombed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor in 1981” as well as bombing “the reactor that North Korea was building in Syria in September, 2007.”
Tucker observed, “You’ve called for regime change in Iraq, Libya, Iran and Syria. In the first two countries, we’ve had regime change and obviously it’s been — I’d say a disaster.”
As you might imagine, Bolton disagreed. “No, I don’t agree with that. To argue that, you’d have to argue –, let’s take Iraq to begin with, you have to argue that everything that followed from the fall of Saddam Hussein followed inevitably, solely, and unalterably from the decision to overthrow it and that’s simply not true.”
Tucker tried again. “I would never argue that,” he countered. “You just said that Iran is the single greatest threat to us and to that region. I think you’ll concede that Saddam was the greatest counterbalance to Iran and they were empowered by his fall. I think it’s fair to say if you think Iran is the real threat, it’s kind of hard to defend that decision, right?”
Without a ready answer at his fingertips, Bolton went on the attack.