Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton called on the federal government to release 28 redacted pages from the 9/11 Commission Report.
"Let's see what's in there, and then we can talk about it," Bolton said in an interview broadcast Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable" on AM 970 in New York.
Bolton told host John Catsimatidis that “part of the problem is the mystique that’s grown up around the 28 pages.”
The pages are part of a congressional report, not a CIA statement or a statement from the Bush administration, Bolton said.
"We could speculate for the next several hours on what these pages say," Bolton said. Unless releasing the information would put U.S. sources or methods of gathering intelligence at risk, Bolton said, "I'd just make all 28 pages public."
He pointed out that the Saudi Arabian government has agreed that the pages should be made public.
"I don't know what the Obama administration's holdup is," Bolton said.
Bolton, a foreign policy adviser who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2005 and 2006, also discussed a number of other foreign policy issues.
About Obama’s meeting with Saudi leaders, Bolton noted that the Saudis have been allies with the U.S. against Saddam Hussein and against terrorism by Iran. Bolton said, "They're very worried, and they should be, about the consequences for them of Iran getting nuclear weapons."
Bolton said the Saudi leaders did not go public with their opposition to the Obama administration’s deal with Iran, but they were "very unhappy with it."
The Saudi nations "are on the front line. They're at risk of Iranian terrorism," Bolton said.
The reason for the trip "was to smooth things over," Bolton said, but he does not believe Obama was successful.
Bolton said he believed that the oil-producing nations will raise the price of oil soon. "That’s been their policy for a year," Bolton said, "but I think that’s about to change."
"The 2016 election should have a heavy national security component," Bolton said. "We've got a lot at stake in the world."
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