Report: Iraq helping Iran get around international sanctions
Ambassador John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 4:56
- Date Aug 19, 2012
Ambassador John Bolton weighs in
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-- after the -- -- sacrifice the dedication of our country for the Iraqis the American spirit and soul spent to help them.
Costing the lives of 4488.
Of our own servicemen and women with more than 32000.
Is this essentially get from Baghdad.
For more on this Fox News contributor and former United States ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton joins us as he does -- -- about this time the morning ambassador.
Good morning -- way to do it US and good to see you I mean is this just an unbelievable slap on our face and just an astounding insult our country.
Well it's certainly that but it's also with all due respect to the New York Times nothing NATO.
The Iran -- an effort to evade sanctions through Iraqi channels has been going on for quite some time and in anticipation.
Both of the US sanctions which took effect.
Few months ago and European Union sanctions.
The activity inside Iraq has been ramping up for some time.
Both in terms of hiding financial transactions giving Iran continued access to.
International financial circles.
And in terms of oil smuggling -- -- and oil into Iraq for export and importantly.
Smuggling Iraqi refined petroleum products into Iran where they have a shortage.
So this is a reflection of Iran's influence over the Al-Maliki government.
It's yet another reason among many why we should not reduced our troop presence in Iraq we've lost.
That's pretty much any influence I think we have at this point over the analogy government could have out Guillen has government officials in hostile smiled at us on them and shake our hands after doing that's.
Well -- Shakespeare wrote a -- base violence violence still be a villain you know this this is I think gave broader problem though with sanctions enforcement.
You can't announce new sanctions with great fanfare.
But if other countries are not that following through.
The sanctions have very little -- take Venezuela another country that's assisted Iran.
For years and evading the financial sanctions.
That this is a pattern of invasion in mitigation that Iran is followed -- anticipated these sanctions.
They're working to reduce their effect and they have a lot of people who are willing to help them with the Iraqis are apparently love in the Iranians use their air space to help Syria -- than the president to -- reports.
Called now -- -- in those flights stopped what else should.
President Obama and the administration be doing right now to stop this.
Well I think there has to be a lot more pressure on the Al -- you regime it's not like -- he rules in Iraq with some huge super majority.
In fact the Sunnis largely feel that they've been disenfranchised.
By the way Al Malkin has ignored arrangements that were made at about the time of the last election.
But we have to be honest with ourselves our ability to influence the -- government has been substantially reduced since President Obama withdrew our forces there and it makes it.
Much more difficult to counter the growing Iran -- influence in Iraq.
But I but influence Iraq -- does about eleven billion dollars worth the trade.
With -- Tehran I mean that's unbelievable and it's only going up.
You talk about the unraveling.
Mom and -- -- the president of Egypt is about to go to Tehran for the nonaligned movement meeting on August 30 there.
Is -- -- falling apart.
Well I think there's a general strategic deterioration of American interest in the region I think our allies like Israel and friendly Arab states are gravely concerned about what we see here.
And the fact that somebody from the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood.
Can be making nice with Ahmadinejad.
And in -- Iran just shows how great the threat is always remember the saying from that part of the world.
I against my brother my brother and I against -- cousin.
All of us against the stranger that's what's going on here and I imagine ambassador that we.
-- the stranger.
And how -- we deal with this I mean do you fear that could be a reproach went to -- in Iraq.
And Iran after through the years went dynamics complained that we do when -- dealing with the Iranian nuclear program.
What we've already seen examples of that let's not forget Iran has financed Hamas in the Gaza Strip the terrorist group that's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
Even before Mohamed Morrissey came to power the military in Egypt had.
And that the blockade of Gaza and -- -- Ronnie and warships to transit the Suez Canal.
So more -- is simply building on steps that are party been taken they both share a hatred for Israel.
Morrissey has all but threatened to eliminate the key land for peace provision of the 1979.
Camp David accord so I I'm afraid I see the situation getting worse given the absence of American leadership.
An assertion of its own interest under the Obama administration ambassador John -- always good to see you and will be on this throughout the next coming months thank --