Amb. John Bolton on Obama’s Oval Office Speech Tonight: This is Not the Time to Reduce Pressure on the Taliban – Video 6/22/11
Here is video of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations – John Bolton – on Fox News this morning where he said President Obama’s speech tonight announcing the beginning of a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is exactly the wrong thing to do at this time.
Bolton made the point that the only reason Obama is doing it is to fulfill his pledge back in 2009 to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2011. It’s not a result of advice from his military commanders and not related to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan. It is purely a political decision with an eye on the 2012 Election.
Bolton disagrees with Republicans like Jon Huntsman, who jumped into the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination race yesterday. Huntsman believes the drawdown of troops should be faster than even what Obama is expected to announce: 5,000 troops this year and another 5,000 in the Spring of 2012. Bolton said that recent U.S. success in Afghanistan against the Taliban means the time is now to increase the pressure on them – not let up.