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John Bolton: Obama’s Iran deal greatest ‘appeasement’ in history

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Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on Friday bashed President Obama as having putting a nuclear arms deal with Iran above America’s safety.

Bolton, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, blasted Obama’s negotiations with Tehran as “feckless” and “weak.”

{mosads}“President Obama is engaging in what I believe is the greatest display of appeasement from a president in history,” Bolton told listeners at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit in Nashua.

“The Obama administration has taken a position weaker than the U.N. Security Council.”

Bolton accused Obama of a flawed foreign policy based on trusting Iran’s government and said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, had frequently proven two-faced in the past.

“They’re not going to give up a 30-year commitment to getting nuclear weapons,” Bolton said.

The ex-diplomat said he believes 2016 will be a crucial election in U.S. history, and urged voters to choose Obama’s successor wisely.

“You need someone who understands in his or her gut that the most important thing they do is protect the country,” Bolton said.

Bolton said Democrats have invested too heavily in Obama’s Iran strategy to abandon it, and dismissed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as an unworthy replacement.

“Though Obama is the embodiment of the problem, he is not the only problem,” Bolton argued.

“Back in law school Hillary was a radical, and she’s a radical today too.”

“She doesn’t have to work to get to the left of [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren — she’s already there,” he concluded. “Hillary will be Barack Obama’s third term.”

Obama this week agreed to sign a bill allowing Congress to review his tentative agreement with Iran before its June 30 final deadline. Lawmakers will receive 30 days to analyze the framework pact.

The potential agreement would lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for greater restrictions on its nuclear weapons research. Tehran has implied it will allow more frequent atomic inspections and caps on its centrifuge and uranium stockpiles as part of the deal.

Obama has long argued diplomacy is the only path, short of war, for preventing a nuclear Iran. Critics argue that Khamenei’s government has previously proven untrustworthy and that negotiations with his regime are futile.

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