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Bolton: Mubarak’s downfall would mean we’d have to bomb Iran

Think Progress’s Alex Seitz-Wald catches former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton advocating for a military strike against Iran on Sean Hannity’s show… because it’s Tuesday I guess: HANNITY: Do you think that the Israelis are going to have to strike — they are going to have to take action. … As you pointed out, El Baradei, ...

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Think Progress's Alex Seitz-Wald catches former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton advocating for a military strike against Iran on Sean Hannity's show... because it's Tuesday I guess:

HANNITY: Do you think that the Israelis are going to have to strike — they are going to have to take action. … As you pointed out, El Baradei, you know, ran cover for the Iranians for all those years that he was with the IAEA. And, I just don’t think the Israelis have much longer to wait…they’re going to have to act in fairly short order.

BOLTON: I think that’s right. I don’t think there’s much time to act. And I think the fall of a Egyptian government committed to the peace agreement will almost certainly speed that timetable up.

Think Progress’s Alex Seitz-Wald catches former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton advocating for a military strike against Iran on Sean Hannity’s show… because it’s Tuesday I guess:

HANNITY: Do you think that the Israelis are going to have to strike — they are going to have to take action. … As you pointed out, El Baradei, you know, ran cover for the Iranians for all those years that he was with the IAEA. And, I just don’t think the Israelis have much longer to wait…they’re going to have to act in fairly short order.

BOLTON: I think that’s right. I don’t think there’s much time to act. And I think the fall of a Egyptian government committed to the peace agreement will almost certainly speed that timetable up.

Bolton made our "Worst Predictions" lists for 2009 and 2010 for predicting that various events were going to speed up the timetable and give the United States and Israel their last good chance to bomb Iran. He even moved the deadline twice in one day once. It’s a very unpredictable timetable. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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