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June 27, 2011 / joninews

John Bolton for Caucasus, Michael McFaul, Bad Cop, Good Cop

John Bolton for Caucasus, Michael McFaul, Bad Cop, Good Cop Scenario

"Michael McFaul as Russia advisor, now Bolton as South Caucasus advisor? This is getting better and better…"

And on top of that Azerbiajan and Armenian bleeding each other lately. Bolton wants to attack Iran and let us not forget about the shady histories of Ambassadors to Georgia and Azerbaijan, John Bass and Matthew Bryza, KRB and Turkish Delight.

Any Democrat to appoint John Bolton is either a pussy or so in bed with corporate lobbyists that there is truly no difference any longer between a Democrat and a Republican.  I doubt if in the whole history of USA, any candidate once elected, has reversed himself on 98 percent of his promises, as much as Obama.  He is the champ at skating around his promises and doing the opposite.  I think I like Bush more than Obama, which does not mean I even like Bush a little bit.

Azeri Press Agency
June 25, 2011

Former US ambassador to UN: “US policy with regards to Azerbaijan does need to be modified”
“The US should be prepared to provide support and pay a significant attention to Azerbaijan”
Isabel Levine

Washington: John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations and a possible presidential candidate, called for the US government to pay more attention to Azerbaijan and, especially, its conflict with Armenia, APA’s Washington DC correspondent reports.

“Our policy with regards to Azerbaijan does need to be modified. Obviously, this is complicated by the conflict with Armenia, but besides that, precisely, given Azerbaijan’s access to Caspian Sea oil and natural gas assets, the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline route, and its geographical location, I think this is a place where this frozen conflict needs more US attention”, Mr. Bolton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee answering questioning by Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX).

Mr. Bolton also mentioned that the US should be prepared to provide support and pay significant attention to Azerbaijan because Russia wants to regain its influence in the region. “We know there are a lot of things going on in the world, but this is in the space of the former Soviet Union and the most important significance it has.

"I think we mustn’t forget what the Russian Prime-Minister Vladimir Putin said when he still was president – that the collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the most [important] geopolitical catastrophes in the 20th century. Another thing is that it was a very good ending to the 20th century, which is of course, not Mr. Putin’s opinion, but with all these conflicts and also with Russia’s attack on Georgia in 2008 we see that Russia wants to regain its influence in the region, and therefore we must pay significant attention to Azerbaijan,” Bolton said.

In his speech at the testimony, Mr. Bolton sharply criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the Middle East. Bolton focused on Iran and Syria, laying out steps the United States should take to prevent the two governments from acquiring nuclear weapons. He also had strong words for current US policy toward Israel.

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