Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 - Bernstein and Doran Talk Netanyahu

Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair and the NYC studio.  There was a discussion of Netanyahu with Carl Bernstein and Michael Doran that we found rather interesting.

During the 9PM ET hour Anderson anchored a special on the ISIS threat.  Various guests participated.  We will post the special in it's entirety tomorrow....

AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love that Carl Bernstein schooled Doran and Doran pretended like he had no idea what Bernstein was talking about and flat out said he didn't see the parallel.

Mike Doran was a Bush Administration official that supported going to war with Iraq. Doran also wrote this "What the Bush administration seems to understand better than its critics is that the influence of the United States in the Arab-Israeli arena derives, to no small extent, from its status as the dominant power in the region as a whole -- and that this status, in turn, hinges on maintaining an unassailable American predominance in the Persian Gulf. It is worth remembering that Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 came on the heels of the first Palestinian intifada, which also provoked much Arab hostility toward the United States. It was Saddam's defeat that cleared a space for the Madrid Conference and eventually the Oslo peace process. Then as now, defeating Saddam would offer the United States a golden opportunity to show the Arab and Muslim worlds that Arab aspirations are best achieved by working in cooperation with Washington. If an American road to a calmer situation in Palestine does in fact exist, it runs through Baghdad." in January of 2003 in an article called Palestine, Iraq and American Strategy. Either Doran was playing dumb or is in fact ignorant of the facts....

As for Netanyahu - not sure why he has such standing for speaking out on Iran when this is what he had to say about Iraq...
Testifying in front of Congress in 2002, Netanyahu claimed that Iraq’s nonexistent nuclear program was in fact so advanced that the country was now operating “centrifuges the size of washing machines.” And - "If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region," Netanyahu claimed. "And I think that people sitting right next door in Iran, young people, and many others, will say the time of such regimes, of such despots is gone."

I don't think President Obama wants or needs Netanyahu's advice given his track record. The fact that Boehner and many Republicans kiss up to him when they've been burned by him in the past amazes me.