Bush is wrong, Hezbollah won; Possible US strike on Iran in 12 months
On This Week George Stephanopoulos led a roundtable discussion about President Bush's recent comments declaring victory for Israel in their conflict with Hezbollah. All members of the discussion agreed that the war was a victory for Hezbollah.
George Will starts off the discussion by saying that Hezbollah "was stronger at the end of the war than they were at the beginning."
Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek's International Editor, sums up the conflict as yet another failed Middle Eastern policy:
"What we have managed to do, to put it very bluntly, is unit Sunni fundamentalists and Shia fundamentalists. This has taken 14 centuriesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ What we have done, is united our enemies and divided our friends."The most interesting comment came from American Enterprise Institute fellow Reuel Gerecht, who recently met with President Bush to discuss Middle East policy. You wonder what kind of inside information he had when this exchange occurred:
Reuel Gerecht: "If, in fact, you see down the road, because the premiere issue for the Iranians is obviously their nuclear weapons program, if you see down the road the president taking a much, much harder line on that issue..."
George Stephanopoulos: "How much harder line could he take? Are you talking about military action?"
Reuel Gerecht: "Well, yeah, it is conceivable. If you go down the road 12 or 18 monthsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦"