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Bolton: "Israel has '3 days' to hit Iran"

Israel has '3 days' [revised] to hit Iran nuclear site: John Bolton [but he doesn't think they will]
August 17, 2010

WASHINGTON – Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.

Iran is to bring online its first nuclear power reactor, built with Russia's help, on August 21, when a shipment of nuclear fuel will be loaded into the plant's core.

At that point, John Bolton warned Monday, it will be too late for Israel to launch a military strike against the facility because any attack would spread radiation and affect Iranian civilians.

"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it," Bolton told Fox Business Network.

"So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days."

Absent an Israeli strike, Bolton said, "Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor."

But when asked whether he expected Israel to actually launch strikes against Iran within the next eight days, Bolton was skeptical.

"I don't think so, I'm afraid that they've lost this opportunity," he said.

http://www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=16253...

Israel has '8 days' to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton
Tue Aug 17, 8:02 am ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.

Iran is to bring online its first nuclear power reactor, built with Russia's help, on August 21, when a shipment of nuclear fuel will be loaded into the plant's core.

At that point, John Bolton warned Monday, it will be too late for Israel to launch a military strike against the facility because any attack would spread radiation and affect Iranian civilians.

"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it," Bolton told Fox Business Network.

"So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days."

Absent an Israeli strike, Bolton said, "Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor."

But when asked whether he expected Israel to actually launch strikes against Iran within the next eight days, Bolton was skeptical.

"I don't think so, I'm afraid that they've lost this opportunity," he said.

The controversial former envoy to the United Nations criticized Russia's role in the development of the plant, saying "the Russians are, as they often do, playing both sides against the middle."

"The idea of being able to stick a thumb in America's eye always figures prominently in Moscow," he added.

Iran dismissed the possibilities of such an attack from its archfoes.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that "these threats of attacks had become repetitive and lost their meaning."

"According to international law, installations which have real fuel cannot be attacked because of the humanitarian consequences," he told reporters at a news conference in Tehran.

Iranian officials say Iran has stepped up defensive measures at the Bushehr plant to protect it from any attacks.

More:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100817/wl_afp/irannuclearpolit...




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Dual Israeli-American citizen Bolton should be up for treason

For acting as an agent of a foreign power against the interests of the United States. Also as a member of PNAC advocating the overthrow of Saddam and occupation of Iraq against US interests, and as a 911 co-conspirator.

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
-- Muhammad Ali

Why does this even scare people?

Not say it shouldn't scare pro-peace people. just wondering why so many people fall under the spell of this propaganda. Is a nuclear reactor a bomb factory or a power plant?

WOW the stupidity of people is disheartening. Just can't believe people don't understand Iran just wants nuclear power and that they have ever right to have it. But when you say those words people get confused and think you mean that Iran has the right to be a nuclear power...meaning a threat to launch nuclear weapons.

Incorrect propaganda

We had exactly 7 days 21hours 7 minutes and 27 seconds to attack Iran.
Or else..

northstar's picture

This is sickening fearmongering

I highly doubt Russia will walk away quietly if the facility is attacked.

Real eyes realize real lies

We want our country back

Every year is a year for Ron Paul!

SteveMT's picture

You're right northstar. Russia won't walk away.

The NWO wants war. All of the world economies are on life support. War is the answer for them.

Amazing

We had to attack the reactor sooner rather than later to prevent the spread of deadly radiation. I guess then they could bill this as a "humanitarian" mission?

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RON PAUL 2012

SteveMT's picture

It is called preemptive war. There is a lot of precedent

for this, all of which is illegal.

Bolton seems to me to be a straight shooter.

He isn't saying attack, he is only giving information as experience has taught him.
He didn't address whether he would attack.

He is CIA, what do you want from him? You ask for info and he gave it. SIMPLE

Bolton is a new world order neocon stooge of the

first order!

ha, ha . . . CIA!?

that says enough to me--

and *I* didn't ask for the information.

*I* think Israel should leave Iran alone. I think Israel should leave Palestine alone.

I think we should get OUT of the middle east.

No more aid to ANY of them 'over there'--

it's time to fix America, not the rest of the world.

This man is a symbol for all the years of interference, it would appear.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Bolton

is a dual-citizen Israel/US, and a total neocon, and probably is more of a mouthpiece for Israel.

In any case, they are shaving it very close, because the fuel rods are scheduled to be inserted by Friday, and you can bet that the Russian scientists are already there on the sites.

If Israel bombs those sites with the Russian scientists there, and kills them, then Israel has just bitten off a huge chunk that it can't chew.

And to think that this criminal

was our mouthpiece at the UN!

SteveMT's picture

Stating that war is peace is the new mantra, when

everything is upside down.

Now theres some serious tension

If Israel does bomb the facility maybe we should send Iran a bunch of windmills and solar panels so they don't come after us too.

who is this . . .

maniac? Bolton WHO?

8 days; 3 days--

and what result will be if they "miss" this "opportunity"--

GOOD GRIEF!!!

*shaking my head in frustration and fury*

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Bolton claims that if they "miss" the opportunity

that many lives will be lost because of radiation fallout - Talk about Doublespeak

Make that

3 Days

SteveMT's picture

libertyBoy, Thanks for that update.

I found the link, and the title has been updated.