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Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, a proponent of America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, argued in a radio interview on Sunday the U.S. should stay out of the current conflict and instead let Sunnis and Shiites fight it out.
Asked how would advise the White House to respond to the jihadist gains in Iraq, Bolton stated, “At this point I would follow Henry Kissinger’s advice from the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s: Let them fight it out and hope that both sides lose.”
Bolton was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer.
The diplomat said the biggest threat in the region is actually somewhere else.
“I think what we really need is to redirect our policy to look at what to do about the principle threat to international peace and security in the region and beyond, and that’s Iran,” said Bolton.
He recommended a campaign of internal destabalization against the Shiite regime in Iran.
Bolton stated: “I think the only long-term answer there is to take advantage of the unpopularity of the Ayatollahs to work with dissidents inside of Iran and dissidents outside and overthrow that regime.
“Then we can look at how far ISIS has gotten, whether it’s succeeding in setting up a territory that it controls and deal with it at that point,” he added.
Listen to Bolton’s interview with Klein below:
On Saturday, the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, reportedly overran the al-Waleed border crossing with Syria, foreshadowing the possible spread of the conflict across Iraq's borders.
According to reports, ISIS also gained more territory near Jordan, capturing Rutba, a key town at the end of Iraq's highway towards Jordan.
Some reports claimed ISIS captured the Turaibil border crossing with Jordan.
Meanwhile, the AFP reported Sunday that ISIS was imposing hard-line Islamic law in Mosul, which it has held for almost two weeks. The news agency reported ISIS distributed a 16-point document announcing new rules, such as a prohibition on alcohol and a ban on any artwork or images depicting people.