New US airstrikes may hit Syria

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“It’s a wedge into the Middle East and it enables them to do what they want to, which is prop up the regime, help the governments that they can count on to advance Russia’s interests. They are, in almost every respect, directly contrary to the interests of the United States.”

“I’m afraid that this is just the first phase of an ongoing conflict in the Middle East.”

“Iran is now using the campaign against the ISIS to build up a coalition involving the Baghdad government, controlled by Shia Iraqis, and really dominated by Tehran, and the Assad regime in Syria and the terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon to form an arc from Iran itself all the way to the Mediterranean in preparation for what could the next fight against Jordan and the oil-producing monarchies on the Arabian peninsula as well as threatening our close ally Israel.”

“We could now well see the next stage in a conventional, or even worse, in a battle that does involve nuclear or chemical weapons, for hegemony in the Middle East between Iran on one side, and the Arabs on the other.”

“Russia and the Assad regimes have been twins in this ever since the beginning and the notion that you can separate the two of them has always been wrong.”


Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and a lawyer, has spent many years in public service. He served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005-2006. He was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005. In the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Attorney General.