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From: LindyBill4/9/2007 8:17:02 AM
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Bolton calls out Brits as wimps
By Bridget

In this Financial Times piece yesterday, which Fox News is currently buzzing about. But for the non-subscribers among us, Bolton also was quoted for this lengthy piece printed in The Australian:

"...John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations, was appalled. 'The Iranians learnt that if you poke people in the eye, they're happy when you stop,' he said.

There is circumstantial evidence that a deal was struck, despite denials. 'I hope we didn't negotiate with them because if we did, it is a mistake,' said Bolton.

...Michael Ledeen, a former US official who dealt with the Iranians during the Iran-contra affair, said: 'It's obvious there was a deal. It will only encourage the Iranians to believe that the West is weak.'

...For Bolton, the Iranians received dangerous encouragement: 'It was a low-cost experiment for them designed to see how tough a response they would get from Britain, Europe and, ultimately, the United States. The answer is "not much". It will embolden them to press ahead on the nuclear weapons front.'"
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