Bolton: Kerry 'Pomposity Index is High' on Mideast Peace Push

Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 04:47 PM

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Secretary of State John Kerry's "pomposity index is high" in his statements about the United States' ongoing Israel-Palestine peace push," former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton says.

Bolton told "The Steve Malzberg Show" he was stunned by Kerry's claim that Palestinians in the West Bank haven't killed anybody in Israel in the past year,

"The pomposity index is high, there's no doubt about it. Unfortunately, that's nothing new in that department," Bolton said.

"It's a very poorly disguised way of putting pressure on Israel and I suspect the government there will not be intimidated either."

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Bolton said he is not surprised that Syria missed a deadline in complying with the destruction of its chemical weapons as part of a deal with the United States.

"This thing has been playing out ever since August and they are so far behind their commitment that it seems impossible at this point that they'll catch up," Bolton said.

"That was always Syria's purpose, to drag this out, to bide time, to gain political legitimacy, and that's what they're doing.

"[White House press secretary] Jay Carney … in defending the continuing vitality of the agreement … cites the Russians. He said, no the Russians had told us that indeed the Syrians will meet their obligations …. That shows in a nutshell exactly what's wrong with the administration's approach. The Russians are not on our side in this deal. They are supporting the Assad regime."

Bolton said he believes President Barack Obama's mention of American Pastor Saeed Abedini — serving eight years in prison in Iran on charges related to his Christian beliefs — at a prayer breakfast on Thursday may have been made to placate his family.

"He's probably trying … to get them off his back and to get the American public off his back for not raising the issue enough. I don't think it's going to succeed," he said.

"It wasn't an official statement; it was just in the prayer breakfast because he hopes that with a bunch of religious fanatics in Tehran he can kind of pass it off as his obligatory religious gesture in this country.

"I mean really, it is a demonstration that the president is determined to have a deal with Iran on the nuclear program almost no matter what the cost."

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