The Iranian mullahs have already miscalculated regarding U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton—but they still don’t realize just how determined he is.
By Joseph Frager, JNS
For the past 10 years I have brought U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton to the Israel Day Concert in New York’s Central Park for the express purpose of warning the world of the dangers of a nuclear Iran. As Bolton himself will tell you, however, he has been warning America and the world about Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a lot longer—over 20 years.
Indeed, he has devoted the latter half of his life to getting rid of Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Yes, he believes regime change would be best—but as far as he’s concerned, everything is on the table.
Bolton’s time to shine has finally come. With the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, the brakes are finally being put on Iran’s race to destroy Israel, which they refer to as “the little Satan,” and America, which they refer to as the “Big Satan.”
Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor ensured that Iran’s reign of terror was finally coming to an end. Immediately after his appointment, the president pulled out of the apocalyptic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as “the Iran nuclear deal” or just “the Iran deal.” Sanctions have been ramped up and Iran has been given notice.
Iran decided last week to resume the production of nuclear centrifuges and begin accumulating nuclear material. This is all in preparation for enriching uranium again. It had already thumbed its nose at America by firing ballistic missiles in October. Iran’s hostile rhetoric has increased. A showdown seems imminent.
There is no doubt in my mind that if the Iranian regime continues down the path of disregarding Bolton and President Trump, it will learn the hard way it has made a fatal mistake. Like National Security Council arms director Tim Morrison said, “Iran has a choice.” If it chooses unwisely, it will face the full fury of the United States of America. As Bolton recently said, “any attack on America or its allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
America showed its resolve this past week by sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Gulf.
The Trump administration is hoping that by increasing sanctions, regime change will occur in Iran. The mullahs are hoping that America will carry out a limited military strike, which would boost their standing among the Iranian people.
If Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes good on his threats, including, for example, to restart work on the Arak heavy-water reactor, then Bolton will go all the way. The mullahs have already miscalculated regarding Bolton and President Trump. The National Security Advisor will never allow Iran to go nuclear. I don’t think the mullahs realize how determined John Bolton is.
Bolton’s time is now.