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US Has No Strategic Interest In United Iraq January 29, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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PARIS (AP)–Former U.S. envoy to the U.N. John Bolton said in an interview published in France that the U.S. has “no strategic interest” in a united Iraq.

Bolton, who resigned last month from his temporary appointment as U.N. ambassador, also told the French daily Le Monde that U.S. President George W. Bush’s administration acted too slowly to hand power over to Iraqis after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003.

“We did a disservice to Iraqis by depriving them of political leaders,” Bolton was quoted as saying, adding the Coalition Provisional Authority that initially ran Iraq allowed terrorists to regroup. Bolton was speaking in English, and the interview was published in French. An English-language copy of the interview wasn’t available.

Bolton suggested in the interview that the U.S. shouldn’t necessarily keep Iraq from splitting up. The Bush administration and the Iraqi government have said they don’t want Iraq divided.

“The U.S. has no strategic interest in the fact that there’s one Iraq, or three Iraqs,” he was quoted as saying. “We have a strategic interest in the fact of ensuring that what emerges is not a state in complete collapse, which could become a refuge for terrorists or a terrorist state.”

The comments marked the second time in less than a week that Bolton had criticized the Bush administration’s policy. On Fox News last week, he said the U.S. may not be able to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons because it was following a flawed diplomatic strategy.

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