Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton wrote for yesterday's Financial Times about Iran's kidnapping of UK sailors. He found the whole episode depressing:
"[Iran] probed and found weakness. Mr Ahmadi-Nejad, the president, can undertake equal or greater provocations, confident he need not fear a strong response. Iran held all the high cards and played them at a time and in a manner of its choosing. At the end, British diplomacy was irrelevant. Mr Ahmadi-Nejad was the puppet-master throughout, taunting and admonishing Mr Blair not to prosecute the hostages for illegally entering Iranian waters, as they had confessed. That is chutzpah! Amazingly to US ears, some in Britain criticised Mr Blair for being too tough."
Interviewed for this morning's Today programme he argued that regime change was the only answer. Europe, he said, had been negotiating with Tehran for three-and-a-half years but to no avail. Yesterday Iran announced that it has the capability of producing nuclear fuel on an industrial scale. Every day it gets closer to its ambition of becoming a nuclear power and the world does nothing to prevent that from happening - as it has done nothing about Iran's support for terrorism against Israel and in Iraq. Mr Bolton accused the US State Department of being part of the problem. It had fallen victim to bureaucratic inertia, he said, and he called for a dramatic increase of political and economic pressure on the Iranian regime before it becomes too late.