Say what you will about John Bolton, I think he has an admirable tendency to avoid mincing words and just say what he thinks:
Mr Bolton said that striking Iran would represent a major step towards victory in Iraq. While he acknowledged that the risk of a hostile Iranian response harming American’s overseas interests existed, he said the damage inflicted by Tehran would be “far higher” if Washington took no action.
“This is a case where the use of military force against a training camp to show the Iranians we’re not going to tolerate this is really the most prudent thing to do,” he said. “Then the ball would be in Iran’s court to draw the appropriate lesson to stop harming our troops.”
That’s about a hundred times better than all the kvetching you hear from certain quarters about Iran — Bolton wants war and he’s not afraid to say it. Nor has he been afraid in months past to say that he loves John McCain because he thinks McCain agrees with him about the need to start a war with Iran. I think Bolton’s right about this, but McCain’s the kind of guy who’ll want to start a war with Iran, and who’ll say things that sort of indicate he wants to start a war with Iran, and who’ll even joke about how eager he is to start a war with Iran, but then get pissed off if you suggest that’s his policy.