John Bolton has some critical advice for Congress

Joe Saunders
BizPac Review

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton on Tuesday said Congress should vote against any strike against Syria because there’s just no upside for the U.S. in the fight.

“All in all, since I don’t see any utility to the use of military force in Syria in this context, I would vote ‘No,’” Bolton told Fox News.
“I don’t think it is in America’s interest. I don’t think we should, in effect, take sides in the Syrian conflict — there’s very little to recommend either side to me.”

He also said Congress shouldn’t vote for the strike just to save President Obama’s credibility on foreign policy issues.

“A huge blow to America’s credibility compared to what?” he asked. “Compared to the mess the president’s already made of it?”…


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