On Friday’s “Democracy Now,” the radio program’s host, Amy Goodman, spoke with Mideast expert and Truthdig contributor Juan Cole, whom she asked about the recent protests in Iraq over Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.
The University of Michigan professor and Middle East expert is horrified at Bush’s belief (caught on an open mike) that Hezbollah is entirely to blame for the violence wracking Lebanon, and that Syria could easily stop Hezbollah if it chose to do so. “It is an astonishingly simple-minded view of the situation…. I come away from it shaken and trembling.”
After conservative pundit William Kristol argued that Bush’s coddling of Iran had invited the latest outbreak of violence, and that the United States should join in the new fighting, Juan Williams pegged Kristol for what he is: a warmonger. Kristol’s stunned expression is priceless.