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Gen. David Petraeus Knocks John Bolton Over Iran: Regime Change is Not Always What We Hope

Former CIA Director David Petraeus criticized National Security Adviser John Bolton’s previous talk of regime change for the Iranian government, saying “the regime change aftermath is not always what we have hoped it would be.”

Petraeus, who previously oversaw coalition forces in Iraq and also commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz who asked about Bolton’s previous talk of regime change as an outcome he wanted in Iran.

“Do you think that’s still being whispered in the president’s ear?” Raddatz asked.

Petraeus said he doesn’t believe regime change something Bolton is discussing with President Donald Trump now.

“Not after what the president said to the press the other day,” noting that Trump told reporters he hopes not to go to war with Iran and disputed reports of a planned troop surge.

Petraeus tempered his criticism, he said “the setting in which John gave that speech [advocating regime change] was to a bunch of Iranian dissidents essentially.”

“It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t desire that,” Petraeus said. “It doesn’t mean that perhaps many folks would like to see that.”

“Of course, we should have learned by now, especially after the the Arab Spring, that the regime change aftermath is not always what we have hoped it would be,” Petraeus noted.

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