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-- terror threat forcing many US embassies to close this weekend and as we also mentioned.
It has been expanded to a worldwide.
Travel warning for Americans the State Department instructing several embassies typically open on Sundays.
Including those in Cairo and Baghdad to shut down this weekend.
And officials saying the threat is serious and credible.
And that -- al-Qaeda affiliate might be plotting an attack in the coming days ambassador John Bolton.
Is the former US ambassador to the UN -- Fox News contributor hello mr.
Good morning -- okay so let's talk about this threat to our embassies and embassies out throughout the Middle East what do you know about this threat.
Well I think the fact that the -- the season several consulates in the region are being closed on Monday which is normally a working day in the Muslim world.
Shows that this information is pretty serious that the that the threat is serious.
So they don't want Americans or others coming to work they they want to try and reduce the vulnerability of the facilities and the individuals by keeping them and it dispersed that there.
Residences and and so on and I think the travel warning that's now been added actually adds information -- interest thing it says.
That it's al-Qaeda and associated groups that they're worried about.
And that the threat.
Might be manifested in an attack in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula so.
The talk we've heard recently about reducing al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is reach and strength obviously misplaced.
I think it's also important.
Fit that the travel warning now tells all American citizens not just government officials but all Americans in the region I think really beginning right now.
That they need to be worried and this travel warning extends through August the 31.
So that's that's a significant period of time and and I think indicates.
Pretty good information.
Even if there not being specific about about exactly what it is that mr.
-- how do you think we picked up on this new chatter if that's what it is -- tipped us off.
Well I think this is very significant given the controversy over the NSA's programs and and foreign intelligence gathering.
This is actually what NSA does we don't know specifically obviously where the intelligence came from.
But all that monitoring of emails and Internet web sites and -- phone calls.
That this is this is what American intelligence is this supposed to do we spy on foreigners.
And I think the greatest.
Criticism one can make of our foreign intelligence gathering -- -- is that there's not enough of it.
-- let's turn our attention to Iran the president elect.
Of Iran has some choice words for Israel and if we were hoping for some toned down rhetoric it looks like will be disappointed because.
He's just said it's Israel is an old wound on the body of the Islamic world.
This should be removed that was his quote -- -- to make of his statements.
Yeah well that's that that is the new moderate who's about to be sworn in as president of Iran on Sunday now.
As the Iranian news agency has tried to say sense that quote one out from the Iran -- news agency that it was misquoted or misconstrued or something.
I think they actually -- did that Tehran version of the Washington gaffe which is telling the truth about what.
Hassan -- -- the incoming Iran -- president actually believes.
I think anybody.
Who thinks that the new regime the new president in Iran it's gonna fundamentally change their policy.
Is -- misguided.
I think he wants to get relief from the sanctions.
But they'll be no backing away from the Iran in nuclear weapons program make no mistake about that even now of course he did pledged to follow a quote path of moderation.
As well as greater openness over Iran's nuclear program -- you think that none of that was actually genuine.
Right I think he's following the PT Barnum doctrine which is there's a sucker born every minute -- Ambassador John -- great to see you thank you thank you --
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