John Bolton Criticizes Biden's Iran Strategy and Israel's Limited Response

Former US official John Bolton strongly criticized Biden's response to Iran's attacks on Israel, calling it "disgraceful." The escalating Israel-Iran conflict highlights the challenges faced by the Biden administration in addressing the threat posed by Iran.

author-image
Muthana Al-Najjar
Updated On
New Update
John Bolton Criticizes Biden's Iran Strategy and Israel's Limited Response

John Bolton Criticizes Biden's Iran Strategy and Israel's Limited Response

Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has strongly criticized President Joe Biden's statement that Israel's survival after recent Iranian attacks is a "victory," calling it "disgraceful."

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Bolton also expressed disapproval of Israel's limited response to Iran's strike on Isfahan and the lack of a clear U.S. strategy in the Middle East to confront Iran and its proxies in the region.

The criticism comes amid escalating tensions between Israel and Iran in 2024. On April 13, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran, in collaboration with Hezbollah and the Houthis, launched a massive attack against Israel and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights using drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. The attack, codenamed "Operation True Promise," involved around 170 drones, over 30 cruise missiles, and more than 120 ballistic missiles.

Despite the scale of the attack, a coalition of countries, including the U.S., Britain, France, and Jordan, helped defend Israel, and 99% of the drones and missiles were destroyed. The attack caused minor damage and injuries in Israel. Iran's envoy to the UN stated that the attacks can be deemed concluded.

Bolton argued that Israel's retaliation against Iran was an "exercise in minimalism" and did not solve the substantive issues, as Iran continues to strengthen its "ring of fire" around Israel. He also criticized the Biden administration for demonstrating "limitless deference to Iran" and playing "domestic American politics" instead of pursuing a strategic approach.

Why this matters: The escalating conflict between Israel and Iran has significant implications for regional stability and global security. The criticism from John Bolton highlights the challenges faced by the Biden administration in navigating complex geopolitical issues and the need for a comprehensive strategy to address the threat posed by Iran and its proxies.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed any discussion about the effectiveness of Iran's unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel, acknowledging that despite launching a massive assault, few projectiles actually made it through to their targets. Analysts believe both Iran and Israel are trying to dial back tensions following a series of escalatory attacks between them as the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza rages on.

Key Takeaways

  • Bolton criticizes Biden's statement on Israel's survival after Iran attacks.
  • Iran, Hezbollah, and Houthis launch massive attack on Israel in April 2024.
  • Despite scale, coalition defends Israel, and 99% of drones/missiles destroyed.
  • Bolton says Israel's retaliation was "minimalist" and Biden shows "deference to Iran".
  • Both Iran and Israel trying to dial back tensions after escalatory attacks.