CPAC 2009 BOLTON: “If we get our act together, he is a one-termer”


The unmatched highlight of CPAC was John Bolton’s speech. Seems to me Bolton ought to assume the mantle of leadership of the Conservative movement. And before a gathering of conservatives Bolton snarked on Obama’s remark that Iran was a tiny threat – he said that President Barack
Obama might learn a needed lesson if tiny city like Chicago were destroyed by a
nuclear bomb. Spectator has this:

John Bolton just spoke here at CPAC, offering a blistering
critique of President Obama’s foreign policies, insisting that,
“If we get our act together, he is a one-termer.”

Bolton said that conservatives should not be comforted by the
fact that Obama has backed off some of his campaign rhetoric on
issues such as Gitmo, NAFTA, and CIA black sites. “Being
inconsistent and deceptive is not the same as being moderate,
” he

Bolton, echoing Joe Biden, said that Obama would be challenged
internationally by foreign powers who seek to test the young
administration. He said that Obama’s weak reaction to Georgia
during the campaign coupled with his skepticism regarding missile
defense has emboldened a resurgent Russia. Hillary Clinton’s
decision to essentially take human rights off the table in her
trip to China was a mistake. He explained that China is expanding
its naval fleet, and will be in a position to challenge America
in the western Pacific. An important test will come next month
when it’s the 50th anniversary of the Dali Lama’s flight to Tibet
— Bolton said to watch for whether Obama has the backbone to
meet with him in the White House. He also noted the North Korea’s
nuclear program would never be abandoned unless the U.S. puts
more pressure on China. On Iran, he said that Obama is naive to
believe that the issue can be resolved through negotiation. It
has already mastered the nuclear fuel cycle, he said, and the
only question is whether or not Israel will launch a military
strike. That could present Obama with a major foreign policy
crisis in the next 6 to 9 months.

UPDATE: Pam Meister has an excellent piece at Family Security Matters on Botlon’s speech here:

Bolton warned convention attendees of something he believes “goes to the heart
of the Obama administration” and that will affect not only us but our children
and grandchildren. No, not the stimulus bill (although that’s a good guess) –
it’s what he termed “the coming war on American sovereignty.”
< is another challenge that America faces. Obama’s dithering during the campaign when Russia invaded Georgia was seen by that nation as weakness, and so it was no surprise that the day after our presidential election, President Medvedev threatened to place ballistic missiles in the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad if the U.S. continued its course of placing a defensive missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Bolton said, “I think we can already see the Russians beginning to calculate that the administration’s skepticism in that missile defense going in is exactly the way to get leverage over us to stop the deployment of these missile defense assets…it explains one of the reasons for the cut in the missile defense budget at the Pentagon.” As Russia continues to flex its military and energy muscles against its immediate neighbors and the rest of Europe, can we expect to see a test of President Obama and the United States the way President Kennedy was tested?

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