Bolton and the Deepening Iran Obsession
John Bolton has added a new hard-line Iran hawk to the National Security Council. Curt Mills reports on the hiring of Richard Goldberg from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD):
“Regime change has become a loaded political term,” Goldberg has said in congressional testimony, rejecting comparisons of Iran hawks to those who pushed the U.S. into war in Iraq, even though the two groups have heavy overlaps. “We need to look at more of a Cold War-era policy. What was the Reagan administration’s victory policy, rollback policy toward the Soviets? We definitely wanted behavioral change.”
Goldberg has been a leading opponent of the nuclear deal and a fanatical advocate for enforcing new sanctions on Iran and anyone that does business with them. Bringing Goldberg into the administration is a sign that the Iran obsession is getting worse, and by making him the “Director for Countering Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction” Bolton is promoting the fiction that there are Iranian WMDs to be countered. The lie that Iran seeks such weapons has been at the heart of opposition to the JCPOA, and Bolton is happy to keep promoting that lie for as long as he can.
As Mills notes, he was doing just that during his recent visit to Israel when he said this: “We have little doubt that Iran’s leadership is still strategically committed to achieving deliverable nuclear weapons.” There is absolutely no evidence to support that assertion, but when it comes to making outlandish claims about other states’ pursuit of WMDs Bolton and other Iran hawks have never let lack proof of get in the way of telling tall tales. For his part, Bolton is committed to making things up about Iran to suit his regime change goals, and Goldberg will now be in the White House to help him do that.