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Bolton: Israel Has 8 Days To Hit Iran Nukes

From the Agence France-Presse:

Israel has ‘8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton

August 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Iran’s Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.

Iran is to bring online its first nuclear power reactor, built with Russia’s help, on August 21, when a shipment of nuclear fuel will be loaded into the plant’s core.

At that point, John Bolton warned Monday, it will be too late for Israel to launch a military strike against the facility because any attack would spread radiation and affect Iranian civilians.

"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they’re in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it," Bolton told Fox Business Network.

"So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days."

Absent an Israeli strike, Bolton said, "Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor."

But when asked whether he expected Israel to actually launch strikes against Iran within the next eight days, Bolton was skeptical.

"I don’t think so, I’m afraid that they’ve lost this opportunity," he said

Iran dismissed the possibilities of such an attack from its archfoes.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that "these threats of attacks had become repetitive and lost their meaning."

"According to international law, installations which have real fuel cannot be attacked because of the humanitarian consequences," he told reporters at a news conference in Tehran

No, we certainly can’t risk the “humanitarian consequences” now. Let’s wait until we have a few million victims from an Iranian attack before we act.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Bolton: Israel Has 8 Days To Hit Iran Nukes”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “Iran dismissed the possibilities of such an attack from its archfoes.”

    Call me crazy but it ain’t over till the ‘Star of David’ stamps it with its’ seal of approval.
    Thus turning a section of desert into a forbidden zone for 25,000 years.

    Get ready!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      ***************************** UPDATE*********************************

      John Bolten said on Neil Cavuto’s show today that Israel has 3 days to hit.(not 8) The ruskies are making a early delivery …….. and Iran could start fueling by Friday.

      Nice huh?

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    The Iranian Air Force crashed an F4 near the reactor.
    Unfortunately, it did not hit the facility.

    Obama will secretly praise Israel if they hit the nuke plant as it will allow the press t ignore his utter failure.
    Publically, he will wax pedantic until the world is numb from hearing his oral diarrhea.

  3. oldpuppydixie says:

    Israel might be attacking Iran as I write this, but don’t bet on it. The nation has been taken over by the same self-loathing, leftist traitors who hate everything American. The same sell-outs who believe Israel must be “changed” for the better…that is, removed from the map. Israel will do nothing to defend itself, preferring to depend upon those eminently trustworthy folks at the United Nations, or even in the United States, to guarantee its existence. You know–like Chuck Schumer or Carl Levin. After all, surely fellow Jews would not CONSIDER betraying the holy land!!!

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Actually, those in charge of Israel are fairly right wing. Benny is pretty tough and has shown he is willing to make political statements against the liberal-leftist (cf the Biden visit) both foreign and domestic. Any reports to the contrary usually come from the limp-wristed self-hating Jews in the American MSM.

      However, I doubt Israel will do anything to stop this and it will ultimately lead to nuclear war in the Mideast. Right now with a liberal anti-Semite president, Israel will probably lose military support from the US. History as shown that Israel is far better trained and equipped than its enemies, however, attrition is its Achilles heel. They need the US to supply them. If they attack Iran, I have no doubt that Iran will counter. An all out Mideast war would ensue, but this is preferable because delaying the inevitable war will only increase the risk it will go nuclear.

      My option, attack the train carrying the fuel.

  4. jobeth says:

    Among a very small list of people I would feel very comfortable to say that have our (and Israel’s) best interest at heart, would be John Bolton and Netanyahu.

    If only these two countries could/would be led and follow the advice of like minded people, the west would be much safer.

    Both have an excellent understanding of the enemy and both are willing to do the dirty work necessary to keep them in line or do away with them completely.

    I remember when Bush appointed Bolton interim United States Ambassador to the United Nation and all the resistance to his “outspoken” nature. To the extent that he he wasn’t confirmed by the senate. He refused to play patty cake with war criminals…and that’s not how the left works now a days.

    John Bolton is a man who calls a spade a spade and is fiercely an American patriot. The progressive left can’t manipulate him off the truth. That makes him unsuitable according to the rest of the world.

    John Bolton reminds me of a present day Ben Franklin. Well known…works hard in the spot light…but is constantly working behind the scenes for the good and safety of the American ideal.

    My hats off to this man.

    If he and Netanyahu were the only two men running the handling of this situation that plant would already be gone.

    As it is now…I can see a time when that desert is going to be a large flat piece of glass. It’s either them or Israel and I don’t think Netanyahu is going to allow that and he would be correct.

    I pray God’s blessing and help for both countries and that He continue to send us more like these two men.

    I could name a solid short list of those who have their solid wisdom and temperance. If only they were free to lead like we need done.

    I find it a bit interesting that,both Pelosi and John Bolton are both products from Baltimore being raised there at the same time. These two couldn’t be more different. It happens I guess.

    • finebammer59 says:

      here, here jobeth. do you do encores?!?!?

      netanyahu is awfully quiet right now.

    • jobeth says:

      “netanyahu is awfully quiet right now.”

      I wish I could be a fly on his wall. I’m sure he is one busy man right now…

      I wouldn’t want have to make this decision. So much rides on it. He’s going to catch hell from the world if he does the right thing…and he risks Armageddon.

      I’m keeping this man in my prayers.

  5. proreason says:

    With due respect to John Bolton, Israel is the only entity on earth that knows what Iran has and doesn’t have. And when Israel strikes, collateral damage may be a factor, but that factor will be dwarfed by their other objectives.

  6. Georgfelis says:

    Far better to hit it when its nice and hot.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Looking into my crystal ball this is all I see.

    We’re leaving Saudi airspace open for them, but aren’t going to back any strike.

    In fact, there’s no assurances we’ll back them following any Iranian retaliation either.

    For that matter, there’s no assurances Imam Obama won’t vehemently condemn Israel’s attack and stoke the conflict even further.

    I fear Israel is being sentenced to the cross.

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    Are we on the verge of armageddon?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      If not now…………when?
      Push has come to shove and now it gets scary, my friends.

      Diplomacy has given Iran the nuclear genie and a certified loon has the football.

      “Houston……….We have a problem!”

  9. canary says:

    Liberal Desmise/ Israel has 3 days to hit.(not 8)

    That’s what I heard.
    Oldpuppiedixie, Think you are way off base.

    First Bush was always talking Israel not hold back. When Obama won the election, “prior” to his even taking office, attacks increased on Israel and they fought back. NATO is constantly trying them for war crimes to include their recent accusations of Israel, for protecting their waters.
    After the recent firing of rockets from Egypt, & Lebanon’s deepening of supplying weapons to Palestinians, Obama is now demanding more financial aid for “weapons” for these countries to include Palestine.

    It’s under the rue that these governments need the weapons to ward off civil wars brewing in every country where the increase of radical muslims killing the less radical muslims & Christians is spreading. And we know the #1 priority of those governments is to destroy Israel.

    Obama is aiding this build up against Israel. Can you imagine the backlash Israel will get if they can’t even defend themselves on a small scale? yet alone a country threatening to nuke them first, then the U.S. What does Obama care when Israel is easier to nuke & bomb than the U.S.

  10. Georgfelis says:

    Hm. I wonder if we/Israel have some sort of unwritten agreement with Russia. I mean if Russia has gotten pre-paid for the installation, puts technicians in there to load fuel rods, and then leaves right before the hammer drops, that puts them in a good position to come back in and do radiation cleanup. (which would be very expensive, please to pay in advance, we have complications, please to pay more, etc…) Played that way, it bleeds Iran for cash constantly, while stopping the development of an Iranian Pu implosion type device for a long, long time. Leaving Iran with only the bulky low-yield Thin Man type nukes, which is not exactly a win-win scenario, but nothing really is with Iran.

    • canary says:

      Israel is a tiny dot on the globe that know one wants to support to avoid the wrath of muslim terrorists. Israel could not take a nuke of any size, and would have to strike first, fueling more condemnation from the world. Israel is the scapegoat.

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