Williams Confronts Kristol: ‘You Just Want War, War, War’ (Video, Transcript)
Juan Williams had a rather angry response on yesterday’s Fox News Sunday to Bill Kristol’s suggestion that U.S. weakness on Iran is behind the current mess in the Middle East. Think Progress has the transcript:
Well, it just seems to me that you want…you just want war, war, war, and you want us in more war. You wanted us in Iraq. Now you want us in Iran. Now you want us to get into the Middle East, where I think there’s a real interesting dynamic at play. I think it’s psychological on the part of Israel and many of its supporters, and I’ll throw you in here. Somehow you see Israel as weak, and you see Ehud Olmert as weak . . . . And the defense minister as weak. Everybody is weak in the aftermath of Sharon, and so everybody has to prove what a man they are in the Middle East, including — you’re saying, why doesn’t the United States take this hard, unforgiving line? Well, the hard and unforgiving line has been, we don’t talk to anybody. We don’t talk to Hamas. We don’t talk to Hezbollah. We’re not going to talk to Iran. Where has it gotten us, Bill?
Here’s the video:
Of course, it’s not clear that negotiating with the terrorists gives us anything other than more terrorism, either. I’m more inclined to Williams’ position than Kristol’s on this one, though. Surely, backing Israel’s play in a wider Middle East war would not serve American interests.