Friday, October 10, 2003

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
More sabre-rattling by ‘top US official’ John Bolton
Lee Penn: Money quote:

"Bolton, considered a hawk within the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, said that if unchecked, Iran may have nuclear arms ''towards the end of the decade'' though he noted ''some people have theories that put the Iranians much closer.''
''The risk of outward Iranian proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to other countries in the region is also a risk we take very seriously,'' he added.
Bolton, who was recently called ''human scum'' by North Korea for describing its leader Kim Jong-il as a dictator, suggested that U.S. President George W. Bush's so-called ''axis of evil'' - Iraq under Saddam, Iran and North Korea -- should be widened to include other ''rogue, loser states.''
''I think there are other candidate members for the axis of evil...Libya, Syria and Cuba and a variety of places.''

NOT PLATONIC GUARDIANS

Asked why Washington did not take a similar line on Israel's nuclear programme, Bolton said: ''The issue for the U.S. is what poses a threat to us and to our allies...We are not Platonic guardians, we are representing American interests.''
Quizzed in a similar vein on media reports that Pakistan may have supplied materials for North Korea's nuclear programme, Bolton noted that Islamabad had roundly denied that.
''We take them at their word -- at this point,'' he said."


Lee Penn: Put this together with Bush's promise, made today, to tighten sanctions against Cuba, and the movement through the House of the "Syria Accountability Act" and the US/Allied plans to start interception North Korean ships on the high seas to seek illicit weapons.

On the Syria Accountability Act, see:
IHT: House unit votes for sanctions on Syria

This bill has passed the House International Relations Committee, 33-2, and hias 275 co-sponsors in the House ... enough to ensure passage in the 435-member House.

On Bush's plan to crack down on Cuba:
US to tighten Cuba sanctions

So the US government thinks it can save the whole world, after fighting and defeating half the world? The job of World Saviour, however, is already occupied ... and "He will come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdon will have no end."

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