John Bolton: Oh, you’d better believe I’m thinking of running for president

Via RCP, this isn’t the first time he’s hint-hint-hinted that he’s thinking about this, but since the last post about it was received rapturously by commenters, I figured you might be hungry for more. To my surprise, he does sound serious here about running. His earlier conversation with the Daily Caller about a potential candidacy was more coy, which made me believe he was just teasing a bit, but this time he owns right up to considering a campaign. Maybe the response to the previous trial balloon was so enthusiastic that he figured it’s worth floating a bigger one? I’m curious to see what he does next.

The other reason to post this is because it gives me an excuse to link this ominous report about Iran possibly working on yet another secret uranium enrichment facility. (Bolton mentions it briefly in the clip.) The allegation comes from an Iranian dissident group called the National Council of Resistance of Iran; there’s reason to be skeptical, but there’s also reason to think they’re right. They were the ones, after all, who first publicly revealed the existence of the Natanz enrichment facility back in 2002. A U.S. official says that while there’s some sort of construction going on in the area identified by NCRI, there’s no evidence whatsoever that it’s nuclear-related. I sure hope he’s right, because when it comes to bomb-making, it’s not Iran’s nuclear reactors that are important. It’s the enrichment facilities, which are capable of mining explosive U235 from the more benign U238 used for nuclear power. Stay tuned.

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Jazz Shaw 5:01 PM on March 22, 2023