On Breitbart News Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said President Barack Obama is “delusional” for declaring in his State of the Union address last week that ISIS was on the run.
Noting that ISIS just executed a Japanese hostage this weekend and citing recent terror attacks in Paris, Bolton said that Obama can talk about terrorists being on the run, but “it’s obviously not true.” Bolton said Americans are hearing about the ISIS beheadings and reading reports about ISIS gaining strength in the Middle East and wondering, “who’s defending our country?”
In his State of the Union address, Obama declared that American leadership and “military power” in Iraq and Syria were “stopping ISIL’s advance.”
Bolton told hosts Breitbart News Editor in Chief Alex Marlow and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that he is thinking about running for president because “we have to return national security issues to the center of the debate.”
After criticizing Obama for not having the time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bolton said that foreign policy is the president’s most important function.
He said when foreign policy is not sufficiently addressed during a presidential campaign, “we get Barack Obamas” who are “unqualified,” “inattentive,” and “inexperienced.”
Bolton said that voters are usually ahead of politicians in understanding the significance of national security issues, which he said are “only going to get more important” in 2016.