Neoconservative, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said this past summer that he thought Israel might well bomb Iranian nuclear facilities before the end of the year. With just two weeks to go in 2009, he appears (thankfully) to have guessed wrong about this, but the threat nevertheless looms over 2010, and I think that his analysis of the grave nature of the situation, and the potential fallout, is still worth hearing:
What I find most disturbing in Bolton’s observations is his minimizing of the potential for a broader war resulting from such strikes. Obviously, Bolton wants Israel to exercise this military option, and he is downplaying the risks to Israel, the United States military in Iraq, and the stability of the Middle East (and the world) generally. 2010 may not be a very happy new year.