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Bolton Backs McCain Because He Is ‘Stronger’ Than Bush On Iran

By Satyam Khanna on February 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm

"Bolton Backs McCain Because He Is ‘Stronger’ Than Bush On Iran"

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In remarks yesterday to CPAC, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attacked Democrats for allegedly not recognizing “the threat posed by an Iran with nuclear ambitions,” claiming to know that Iran is pledging to “possess the weapons to advance their malevolent ambitions.”

Speaking at CPAC today, notorious Iran war hawk John Bolton emphasized his support for McCain, saying McCain proved he is “stronger” than the Bush administration with the senator’s statement on Iran. Bolton claims Bush is too “moderate” and has a foreign policy in “freefall” because he has yet to bomb Iran:

I think Senator McCain’s statement here yesterday on how he would handle the Iranian program is stronger than the current Bush administration policy. And thank goodness, because the Bush administration policy now lies on the ocean floor. … I didn’t think the policy the administration was pursuing was robust enough.

Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/02/bolton2342.320.240.flv]

Echoing Bolton, this morning, McCain revealed that he was “skeptical” of the recent National Intelligence Estimate, which said that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons production in 2003. “I continue to worry about…Persian domination of the region,” he said.

Bolton also revealed today that McCain covertly pushed his nomination to the United Nations — “a nomination that was held up in Congress over Bolton’s controversial anti-UN statements and policies”:

He was very active behind the scenes…He thought I was the type of ambassador that ought to represent the United States at the United Nations.

John McCain: more hawkish than Bush on Iraq and Iran.

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