Foreign policy challenges ahead for Obama's second term
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 4:01
- Date Nov 7, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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Well the president with a host of foreign policy challenges ahead of him in his second term from the crisis in Syria and fears it could spread elsewhere in the mideast.
To the race to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
Let's concerns about the upcoming withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the potential impact that could have.
And are already shaky relationship with Pakistan.
Lot to watch in the world today ambassador John Bolton is joining us stormiest ambassadors of the UN and of course the Fox News contributor ambassador Bolton you say today.
Our adversaries are breathing a sigh of relief why.
Well I think they have size -- President Obama during his first term they've seen he's a week inattentive leader.
There they're not gonna wait around for us to get our economic house in order I think almost certainly during his second term.
That the pace and the scope of challenges that the United States will -- will accelerate lie and you you've -- some of them because.
They see a president who doesn't really concern himself with foreign affairs who doesn't see for example Iran's continuing progress.
Toward nuclear weapons as the threat that it is.
You have President Putin who is already congratulated.
President Obama on his reelection undoubtedly.
Thinking of the famous conversation with.
Former president Russian president had -- yet about how.
President Obama will be after his re election and now it's come to pass why shouldn't they be happy.
Let's talk about what you would say to the president.
If you were advising him today we have seen -- -- the last question ambassador Bolton we can't take him off the screen -- -- get a reaction like Cadillac from the ambassador -- out.
And -- let's just say that you are -- called in to advise the president we've seen the last for years he wants to make a change for the next four years.
Where would you -- him as his number one priority and how would you advise him.
Well I think the most urgent priority.
Is the progress that Iran continues to make towards nuclear weapons the most likely outcome at this point.
Is that -- -- will get nuclear weapons in fact just about the only thing between Iran and crossing that finish line is the possibility of an Israeli strike.
And if Iran gets nuclear weapons as secretary of state Clinton has already said almost certainly many other countries in the region -- as well and their four.
The threat of nuclear proliferation bear and increasingly around the world.
Will be will make it and much more dangerous place that's why the focus on stopping -- Ron is so important and the fact is that.
President Obama for four years.
Has held to the illusion that he can negotiate with Iran somehow stop that nuclear threat he has precious little time left.
If any -- to -- to try and change of course.
Some say six in nine months maybe maybe at most -- some -- suggesting basketball net the president will not want to have the legacy.
-- being the president that allowed by the Middle East -- -- not how do you think that could play and to some of his decisions.
Well then one should ask what's -- been doing the past four years I mean I think the the real feeling inside the White House is that of course it would be a bad thing for Iran to get nuclear weapons.
But as undesirable as that would be we can live with a nuclear Iran because we can contain and deter.
The Ayatollah is as we contained and deterred the Soviet Union during the Cold War I think that's delusional I think there calculus in Tehran is very different.
From Moscow's calculus during the Cold War.
But even if I'm completely wrong about that contain ability of this regime in Iran -- I said earlier.
The fact is that it doesn't stop with the runs -- other regimes saying Iran with a nuclear capability.
Get their own and therefore the Middle East descends and even greater risk and volatility.
That it has now.
And that's the bigger picture it's when we're gonna continue to talk about many times ambassador -- with the EU let us know of the get a call from the president by the way.
Frank -- well thank you -- thank you.