Yesterday, Fox News’s John Gibson hosted former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on his radio show. They discussed Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) foreign policy. Bolton charged that “the best outcome” of an Obama presidency would be “a replay of the Clinton administration,” meaning “more embassy bombings” and “more World Trade Center attacks”:
GIBSON: The Obama team is going back to some of the old complaints about the war and the war on terror…that the left has been articulating for a long time now, and not really coming up with anything new.
BOLTON: Yeah I think honestly that’s an optimistic view of it, that it will simply be a replay of the Clinton administration. It will simply have more embassy bombings, more bombings of our warships like the Cole, more World Trade Center attacks. That would be the best outcome from that perspective.
Listen to it:
Of course, Bolton does not mention that the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon occurred during the Bush administration, while Bolton was serving in the Department of State.
Bolton also reminded Gibson that the entire world — “from responsible democratic governments to the terrorists themselves” — is following our election closely, adding, “Everything that Obama is saying today is registering very intensely among those who wish us no good.”
Earlier this election season, Bolton declared that “the mullahs in Tehran” want a Democrat to win the presidency in 2008. What’s more, Bolton’s comments hardly exist in isolation — nor are they even the most egregious examples of right-wing fearmongering. Here are a few more examples:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): All I can tell you Jennifer [Rubin] is that I think it’s very clear who Hamas wants to be the next president of the United States. … If Senator Obama is favored by Hamas I think people can make judgments accordingly.”
Rep. Steve King (R-IA): “The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida … would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror” if Obama won the presidency.
Max Boot: “[T]he implication is that Iran’s top terrorist is hoping that Americans will elect Barack Obama this fall.”