John Bolton Warns Florida Delegates the World More Dangerous Under Obama

By: Jim Turner | Posted: August 31, 2012 3:55 AM
John Bolton

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton | Photo: Steven Martine

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton warned Florida delegates to the Republican National Convention on Thursday that if President Obama gets a second term, he will lessen America’s standing as a world power.

Diplomatically blunt, Bolton also cautioned that Obama won’t stop Iran from continuing to fund terrorists and from gaining nuclear weapons, something he claimed Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney can do.

“This is something that will change the balance of power in the Middle East and around the world forever,” Bolton said. “It is absolutely critical that we stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  That’s not something Obama is going to do.  It is something that Romney will do.”

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam  Putnam, a former U.S. congressman, credited Bolton and former U.S. Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice as being “pillars of foreign policy that are now missing from this (Obama) administration.”

On Wednesday, Rice declared during her appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa that the voice of the United States has been muted under Obama, making the internationally scene to grow more chaotic and dangerous.

Bolton, addressing the Florida delegation to the Republican National Convention at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor on Thursday, said the 2012 presidential election will set the tone for the nation’s international presence.

“You can run down issues in the first term where he’s given us an indication of how he is going to act and the jeopardy he will place America in,” said Bolton, who served from August 2005 to December 2006 as U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush.

Bolton objected to Obama’s handling of Hugo Chavez’ Venezuela, the Arab Spring turning into the Muslin Brotherhood, and most glaringly Obama being overheard on a live mic in March telling outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."

Based upon what he’s seen, Bolton also predicted that President Obama would use a second term to lift the U.S. embargo on Castro’s Cuba.  Bolton favors maintaining the embargo until the Castro regime falls, and then allowing Americans, dominated by Floridians, flooding into the resources of the island nation.

“The president believes that it is America’s strength that is provocative; that us asserting our own interest is the reason they’re not kind to us.  

“And if only we were less assertive, less demanding, less pushy, you know less American, then somehow the world would be a better place.  

“That is exactly the opposite of the truth.  It’s not America’s strength that is provocative.  It’s America’s weakness that is provocative.”

Bolton opened his address by reminded the delegates that in 2000 he spent 31 days in Florida, in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, on the presidential recount.

“I just want you all to assure me before I leave today that this time you’re going to win by 40,000 or 50,000 votes,” he said.

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Comments (1)

4:04PM SEP 1ST 2012
Yes, we saw how well GW's administration kept us safe. No lost lives on GW's watch, right? No unnecessary wars on GW's watch, correct?

Yes, in your world Mr. Bolton, diplomacy always equals weakness and indecisiveness, particularly when it's not YOUR life on the line, correct?

Yes, when it could have been your life on the line in 1970 while Vietnam was still going full blown, what was your position - oh, yes . . . "by the time I was about to graduate in 1970, it was clear to me that opponents of the Vietnam War had made it certain we could not prevail, and that I had no great interest in going there to have Teddy Kennedy give it back to the people I might die to take it away from".

Perfectly fine to send others of us to go fight that war in 1970, but you couldn't be bothered, could you?

Don't go telling us who the world would be more dangerous under - you've twice proven you're only willing to send others in harm's way, when it means no risk to yourself.


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