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Bolton, Scales: Grim Year Ahead on Foreign Policy Front

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 10:06 PM

Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton predicts a "pretty grim year" ahead for American foreign policy and national security.

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," Bolton and retired Gen. Bob Scales predicted a worsening situation in the Middle East and other trouble spots around the world.

"I think the long shadow of Iraq will cast itself well into 2015," Scales said. The sudden rise of ISIS was the greatest foreign policy and military disaster of 2014, he said.

"And then there is the other issue, God forbid, what happened in Iraq is going to happen in Afghanistan when, perhaps, we pull out again too precipitously," Scales said.

There will be no offensive operation in 2015 by the Iraqis and there may be a further decline in the security situation in Afghanistan, Scales said.

"The future, frankly, is not bright," he said.

In addition to those issues, Bolton pointed to the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs of Iran and North Korea as well as "a host of other threats from China and Russia."

But the overarching problem that the United States has faced this past year and which will only worsen is "the self-induced weakness of the administration's policies," Bolton said.

That feeds the perception and the reality of an uninvolved, withdrawn, unassertive America, he said.

"It's not just military power. It's political power as well," Bolton said. America can protect its interest and those of its friends and allies when it operates from a position of political military strength because that helps dissuade and deter adversaries from acting in the first place, he said.

"There is an old saying in the military that if you create a strategic vacuum, somebody's going to fill it," Scales said. "Generally, you don't like who fills it."

Until the United States reasserts itself and begins to impose its presence on the world, it is not going to get any better, Scales said.

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