Bolton: US has no obligation to post-invasion Iraq

Andrew Sullivan comments on a BBC interview with John Bolton: “The BBC’s interviewers are not as deferent as some in America. Paxman is among the most aggressive. What staggers me about this clip is Bolton’s point-blank view that the US had no responsibility to impose order after the invasion, and no responsibility for security within the country. Bolton actually says that the only error Bush really made was not giving the Iraqis ‘a copy of the Federalist papers and saying, ‘Good luck.” Yes, he says he’s exaggerating for effect, but he is conveying the gist of the policy. The casual recklessness and arrogance of these people never cease to amaze. The world is theirs’ to play with – and the victims of predictable and predicted violence are left to help themselves.”