"I think if they [Israel] are to do anything, the most likely period is after our elections and before the inauguration of the next president. I don't think they will do anything before our election because they don't want to affect it. And they'd have to make a judgment whether to go during the remainder of President Bush's term in office or wait for his successor."
—John Bolton, Fox News, June 22, 2008
"It will have to make a decision soon, and it will be no surprise if Israel strikes by year's end. Israel's choice could determine whether Iran obtains nuclear weapons in the foreseeable future."
—John Bolton, The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2009
An Israeli airstrike on Iran always seems to be just around the corner for former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, no matter what the circumstances. Around the same time as the Fox News statement, he expanded on his opinion in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, saying that an Obama victory would "rule out" military action. Nevertheless, a year later he was still saying, "you would have to bet" that Israel would soon launch an attack, Obama or not. To put Bolton's warning in perspective, he was advocating military action against Iran back in 2007, saying "our time is limited."