Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rant blaming the United States government for the 9/11 attacks underscores the “complete folly” of President Barack Obama’s belief in negotiating with Iran, says former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
The Iranian president told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday some “segments of the U.S. government” carried out the attacks to help Israel.
“To me it demonstrates the complete folly of Obama’s continued offer to negotiate with him,” Bolton tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “Obama says in his speech to the General Assembly that the door is still open, but then a few hours later Ahmadinejad comes through and start talking like a truther.”
Bolton believes Ahmadinejad’s attitude reflects the entire Iranian regime’s views, including those of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ̶ who holds the final say in Iran.
“So how you can seriously believe that you can negotiate a meaningful elimination of their nuclear weapons program with people with that kind of psychology and believe they would carry through with it, Obama can’t explain,” Bolton says.
“It’s another demonstration that his policy of dealing with Iran and North Korea is that it’s not just naïve, but it’s also dangerous.
“The fact it is almost certain ̶ Iran is going to get nuclear weapons ̶ really shows that diplomacy has failed, and the sanctions efforts have failed,” Bolton continued. “Unless Obama or Israel is prepared to use military force against the Iranian nuclear weapons program, there is very little doubt that you are going to have Iran with nuclear weapons.”
The former U.N. ambassador praised the American delegation for getting up and leaving along with the delegations of approximately 30 other nations during the speech.
“When you figure there are 192 members of the U.N., [it shows] 150 to 160 didn’t walk,” Bolton says.
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