December 5th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Former Bush aide questions, criticizes new intelligence on Iran

Watch Bolton's interview on Iran.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – John Bolton, formerly a U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in the Bush administration, told Wolf Blitzer the recently declassified intelligence information about Iran’s nuclear weapons program should be viewed skeptically.

“I think there’s a real risk here of overjudging what our intelligence community found, and of disinformation on the part of Iran,” Bolton said Tuesday.

Pointing out the report’s conclusion that Iran continues to enrich uranium, Bolton also attacked the report’s artificial distinction between Iran’s civilian and military nuclear activity.

“It’s at Iran’s discretion when to convert that fissile material into nuclear weapons,” explained Bolton.

Bolton made his comments during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

Watch a clip of Bolton’s interview.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: Iran • The Situation Room
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Oscar, Rio Vista CA

    As if anyone would take this guy seriously. He is nothing but a cheerleader for Bush. rah rah rah!!

    December 5, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Jaik , chicago, IL

    So what he's saying is, our intelligence service got it wrong that our intelligence service got it wrong ? Sounds like a good excuse, let's start another war.

    December 5, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    Thank you Mr. Ambassador!

    I seriously hope nobody thinks them Iranians are our 'friends'!

    December 5, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Trollmaster, CA

    Like we should believe any Republican mouthpiece about intelligence reports after they were so very wrong about Iraq.

    Only the most weak minded in this nation are stupid enough to get fooled twice by these knuckleheads.

    December 5, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    John Bolton and President Bush should go to hell and stay there. These warmongers are despicable and a blight on the human race. They are hellbent on slaughtering more innocent people for their malicious goals. They will not accept their own intelligence apparatus unless it validates their stance.

    December 5, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. A Kansas Vet, Kansas

    I guess it is good intelligence when it backs the administrations preconceived ideas, and questionable intelligence when it runs opposite to what the administration wants it to say.

    Amazingly the National Security Report reflects what some others have been saying. So when it comes from mulitiple sources it is generally called confirmed. Kinda like in the Pre-Iraq days when no evidence could be found by multiple groups of the Iraqi WMD programs but the adminstration had unconfirmed intelligence from disgruntled Iraqi's that could not be confirmed independently that fueled the administration's preconceived ideas.

    So who you going to beleive the Intelligence agencies of the United States who put together the report, or George W Bush and John Bolton.

    December 5, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Biden Backer/Seattle

    And why are we supposed to care what this chump says or thinks again??

    December 5, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. lucy

    Why are we not at war with North Korea? They have nukes..... and they are a much bigger threat to our country.

    Answer.....They don't have oil under their soil.

    December 5, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Randy S., Pittsburg, PA

    And if you believe John Bolton, I've got some "yellow cake" I'd like to sell you!

    December 5, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Bush wanted war with Iraq so the intelligence about mushroom clouds and WMDs were totally correct ... according to Bush and his flying monkeys.

    Now, Bush wants war with Iran ... however, the intelligence doesn't back the bombing, its obviously flawed ... This administration will twist the truth to match their whims and desires.

    Fool us once: shame on you: fool us twice: shame on us!

    December 5, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Don Houston,TX

    This guy is a nut. He likes to fight wars with anyone's blood but his own. Did he ever serve or fight? Did his kids serve or fight.

    December 5, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. jim, Los Angeles, CA

    And why do we care what this idiot has to say. He has absolutely no credibility. CNN should be ashamed for even inviting him to comment.

    December 5, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Laura Tulsa OK

    Tom in Albuquerque :

    What is the goal of this administration with regard to Iraq? To get the oil? Don't you think if that were the case, we would have simply gone in and taken it long before now?

    December 5, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. NO DUMMIES,LA.

    THIS MAN SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE JOB, THANKS DUMMYCRATS!! YOU BLEW IT AGAIN. HE WAS VERY GOOD AT HIS JOB IN THE UN!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Delusional to the end.

    December 5, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. J. Williams, Baltimore, MD

    "I think there’s a real risk here of overjudging what our intelligence community found..." - Really? Like, with Iraq?

    December 5, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. AN, Arlington, VA

    This sounds like a forum for the Neville Chamberlain Society...knuckleheads calling others knuckleheads. May your States not be the next terrorist target.

    December 6, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  18. Cody Harding, Kinsley, KS

    John Bolton once again ties for a Jedi Mind Trick.

    "You don't want to hear about this intel. These are not the nukes you are looking for..."

    First, I can't believe this man, who was brought to the UN on charges of verbal abuse before his appointment [The defendent even claimed he tried to hit her with a shoe.], is even speaking to the nation. Second, I can't believe he's doing it on foreign policy when he was booted from the UN.

    To Mr. Bolton: Open Mouth, Insert Foot. Do the world a favor.

    December 6, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. A Kansas Vet, Kansas

    AN, Arlington, VA

    I am more concerned about loose cannons attacking everything in sight that they preceive as maybe a threat someday down the road, that a terroist attack in the United States.

    I lived in Europe for 4 years during the time of the Red Brigade and other terroist cells that were actively targeting Americans and their interests. If you start shaking in your booties and whinning the terrorist are coming the terroist are coming as far as they are concerned they have won their campaign, so stop trying to create situations that do not exist.

    December 6, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Ivan, Chicago, Illinoids

    Right on Bolton, if they agree with you they are right, if they dissagree with you they are wrong.
    That's called cherry picking and that's the reason there are over 3800 dead American Soldiers and over 25,000 wounded American Soldiers in Iraq.

    December 6, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Jayson, Yuba City, CA

    Anyone who chooses to criticize Mr. Bolton better keep in mind that we were unaware of the facility (nuclear or biological) in Syria that was bombed by the Israelis. Our intelligence is and never will be 100% correct so to let down our guard just because of one report is plain stupid.

    December 6, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. P.D. Bristol, PA

    I can't believe anything Bolton has to say. Why CNN gives this guy a platform I do not understand. These neocons are the reason why this country is going to hell in a hand basket. These people will follow Bush right off the cliff.

    December 6, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Jim, Hickory, NC

    Bush bashers: You were stunned that we went into Iraq with faulty intelligence, now you are stunned when the Administration questions it. BTW, apparently France questions it too...others are soon to follow. Go Bush, your tenacity is starting to pay off!!

    December 7, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |