John Bolton delivered a blistering attack on the administration’s national security policy in a speech to CPAC this morning.
Bolton argued that fundamentally, Obama’s approach is a result of the fact that foreign policy is not that important to him and he doesn’t see the rest of the world as a threat. He said that Obama was the first “post American President” — not anti-American, but somebody who doesn’t believe in the concept of American Exceptionalism.
This has manifested itself in Iran, he said, where Obama is continuing the “falied Bush policy” of trying to talk the regime out of nuclear weapons through negotiation. And also in Afghanistan, where he said Obama did the right thing by sending more troops, but showed weakness by calling for withdrawal to start in 2011.
He said the Middle East peace process was worse off, and Israel was in greater danger because of his naive approach to forging a compromise. “Negotiation is not a policy,” he said. “It is a technique.”
Looking forward, Bolton warned about an upcoming arms control agreement with Russia, which he said would reduce the support of our allies who depend on the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
He also talked about the risks to our national sovereignty posed by treaties such as the International Criminal Court, which he said should be a “die in the ditch” effort for conservatives to make sure it is defeated if and when it comes up for a vote in the Senate.