At The American Conservative, Daniel Larison points out the continued lies about Iran being told by National Security Adviser John Bolton. Larison writes (abridged):
John Bolton is in Israel this weekend, and he continues to lie brazenly about Iran and its nuclear program:
“Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, its threats to exceed the limits set in the failed Iran nuclear deal in the coming days … are not signs of a nation seeking peace,” Bolton told reporters during a visit to Israel.
Bolton frequently tells these lies in public, but he is almost never called out for them by the journalists in the room and news reports almost never explain that Bolton’s assertions are unfounded and untrue. The National Security Advisor has learned over the years that if he states things vehemently enough, he tends to get away with lying about important foreign policy issues.
Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons. Iran does not want them. Iran cannot build them. The reason that Iran cannot build them is that their government already agreed to significant restrictions on their nuclear program and they also agreed to intrusive inspections to verify that they were keeping to those restrictions.
If Trump wants to avoid a war, the essential first step is to remove Bolton from his administration.
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