Bolton: EU Has Made Europe ‘Less Than the Sum Of Its Parts’

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton tells Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon about his UK Telegraph piece advising the British to ignore President Obama’s interference and exit from the European Union.

Bolton argues that such an exit would strengthen both the “special relationship” between the US and UK, as well as improve European security.

“Americans are very sensitive when foreigners try to influence our elections,” Bolton noted.  “I think in Great Britain, they’re equally sensitive when we see this happen.”

He compared Obama’s efforts against the British exit to the way Prime Minister David Cameron helped to line up US House and Senate support for “the wretched deal they made with Iran on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”

Bannon noted that advocates of keeping Britain in the EU have been attempting to frighten British voters by telling them an EU exit would also somehow remove the UK from NATO – a tactic that might succeed, because so many average citizens don’t understand how NATO is structured, or how and why it came into existence.

Bolton thought UK and US citizens probably had a better handle on the difference between the EU and NATO than many continental Europeans, particularly Germans. He worried they don’t understand how NATO, and the economic assistance rendered by the United States through the Marshall Plan, “saved them from being overrun by the Communists” after the “devastation of World War II.”

“The notion that the European Union provides security from external threats is wholly false,” Bolton pointed out. “In fact, I think for NATO itself, the European Union is a real problem. I think it has made Europe less than the sum of its parts, and I think that’s bad for the United States. I think we need strong, capable nations in Europe to stand with us against international threats, like radical Islam, that we face here in the United States, and that they face in Europe as well.”

“The European Union’s decision-making leads to inertia, and it blocks our natural friends in Europe from standing with us in conflicts around the world where that’s necessary,” he explained. “I think British exit will benefit American security, but more important for the British, it will benefit their security.”

Bolton concluded by saying the European Union referendum, and its impact on national security, should be an issue in the US presidential election.

“International affairs has got to play a wider role than it has now,” he advised.  “We’re in a very critical period internationally, and I think the American people need to know that.”

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