(part two here)
To put it mildly, Lewis comes off the worse for the exchange, and Bolton behaves graciously like a professor mildly scolding a petulant student who isn't used to not getting his way.
Lewis, of course, doesn't even pretend to be impartial and shows why he is such a good fit at Al Jazeera. Consider this long-winded question to Ambassador Bolton:
You've been very vocal as the tide of public opinion & clearly tides within the administration & the military establishment have turned against pre-emptive military action against Iran over their nuclear program. You have been standing strong & calling for regime change as the first option. Have you not learned anything from the blowback from the Iraq war to still be talking about regime change?Bolton's response is pithy, but Lewis isn't happy that Bolton's answer doesn't fit his thesis:
So you're just in denial about blowback? You don't think that the whole disaster with the consequences for millions of lives in the region and here was a result of the initial invasion & occupation?When Lewis suggests that the world yearns for Barack Obama to win the election and put an end to the madness (as evidenced by the response to Obama's speech in Berlin), Bolton replies:
Right now the polls still show a very close election despite the adulation of 200 000 screaming Germans.Lewis concludes by presenting him with a copy of George Monbiot's "arrest warrant" citing Bolton for war crimes for misleading the world about Saddam Hussein's Niger uranium connection. Bolton chuckles and says:
This is a true nit that fruitcakes have been picking for a long time & I'm sorry to see you picking it now.Watch the whole video (both parts) to see a masterful performance by Bolton and a juvenile hissy fit from Lewis.