Condoleezza Rice, appearing on ABC's "This Week," hotly rebuked George Stephanopoulos' suggestion that U.S. actions in Iraq were to blame for Hezbollah's attacks on Israel and the subsequent Israeli incursion into Lebanon:
Go read the whole thing. Bravo, Condi! Stephanopoulos was making an argument based on a falsehood. The Middle East was not a happy place of peace, harmony and brotherhood prior to 2003.
Rice rejected the notion that U.S. operations in Iraq have shaken Middle East stability, arguing, "Those hostilities were not very well contained, as we found out on Sept. 11, and so the notion that somehow policies that finally confront extremism are actually causing extremism, I find grotesque."
"For all of those who believe that we somehow had stability in the Middle East over the last 60 years and it's now been disturbed: Where do we think Hezbollah and Hamas and these other extremist forces came from?" she added. "They weren't born yesterday, these forces have been developing and threatening the Middle East and arresting positive developments for decades."
Rice defended Israel's right to counter the attacks.
"No state is going to sit and allow rockets to be fired into its country and not defend its citizens," she said. "While Israel defends itself, we would hope that it does it in a way that preserves the way for a broader peace."
Whether or not war in Iraq has improved the situation in the Middle East, that war cannot be blamed for the acts of Hamas and Hezbollah, who had been terrorizing Israel for years before George W. Bush became president. The idea that the U.S. somehow provoked the situation in Lebanon is therefore absurd ... and grotesque.
A Kossack blames Rice for 9/11 ... and Hurricane Katrina.